Curtis named to House Natural Resources Committee
Bears Ears debate has helped 3rd District rep. make name for himself in public lands issues
by John Hales
The Times-Independent
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Rep. John Curtis
Rep. John Curtis

​ Grand County’s representative in Congress has been named to the House of Representatives’ Natural Resources Committee, one of the major committees that deals with public lands issues and legislation.

​ Third District Rep. John Curtis joined the committee on Jan. 30, “at the request of committee chairman Rob Bishop,” stated a release posted on the committee’s website.

​ Curtis’s participation means Utah will have two representatives sitting on the committee, as Representative Bishop comes from Utah’s 1st Congressional District.

​ According to the committee website’s statement, Curtis will serve on the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources and Federal Lands.

​ “I made a promise to Utahns that I would come to D.C. and protect the resources that our beautiful district has to offer,” Curtis said in a statement, also posted on the website.

​ Ostensibly, Curtis’s own work on current legislation regarding the Shash Jaa and Indian Creek national monuments (formerly the Bears Ears National Monument) encouraged his selection to the committee.

​ That legislation, H.R. 4532, the Shash Jaa National Monument and Indian Creek National Monument Act, had a hearing in which Curtis’s 3rd District predecessor, Jason Chaffetz, testified, as did Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes.

​ Utah Gov. Gary Herbert had testified about the Curtis bill during an earlier hearing on Capitol Hill.

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