Responsible Development of the Last Frontier
Due to the continued support of my fellow Alaskans and my Congressional colleagues, I have had the privilege of serving as Chairman, and now as a Senior Member of the Full Committee, and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs, of the House Natural Resources Committee. In addition to wildlife, Native American, and Native Alaskan issues, the Committee has jurisdiction over all federal lands. The Federal Government owns well over half of Alaska, therefore, having a leadership position on the Natural Resources Committee affords me the opportunity to oversee and influence legislation that directly affects so much of our State.
My ability to reach and maintain this powerful position is a direct result of the confidence you’ve had in me, and with your continued support I can continue to work on behalf of Alaska as Congress looks to reauthorize the Magnuson Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, return active management to our national forests, reform and update the Endangered Species Act, streamline environmental regulations, and increase access to our federal lands for fishing, hunting, and mineral development. Most recently, I introduced the State Run Fed Lands Act, which would allow the Governor to manage federal lands under state laws if he so chooses. Further, the House has passed legislation I worked on that would allow the Governor to select nearly one million acres of national forest land to manage, reinvigorating the economy of Southeast Alaska