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.