Congressman García Appointed Vice Chair of House Committee on Natural Resources

February 18, 2021
Press Release

CHICAGO, IL - This week, Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García was appointed Vice Chair of the House Committee on Natural Resources for the 117th Congress. Congressman García, the only member of the Illinois Delegation serving on the committee, released the following statement:

“I am honored to be appointed Vice Chair of the House Committee on Natural Resources under the leadership of Chairman Raúl Grijalva. I look forward to advancing a progressive agenda to deliver justice and economic empowerment for indigenous peoples, protect public lands, and ensure clean air and a healthy environment for families in Illinois and across the country,” said Rep. Jesús “Chuy” García. “The work of the committee to dismantle environmental racism, restore and preserve the Great Lakes, and protect the rights of the people of Puerto Rico and the U.S. territories, will have a significant impact on the lives of all Chicagoans. The health of our families is directly connected to the health of our environment. I look forward to making America a better steward of our natural resources and intend to lift up the voices of my fellow Chicagoans, including the more than 55,000 individuals of Puerto Rican origin in my district, as the committee strives to ensure a safer, healthier, and more sustainable future for our children.”

“I’ve known Rep. García for many years and I’m excited that he’s been selected to serve as Vice Chair of the House Committee on Natural Resources, which plays an important role in environmental and economic decisions regarding national parks, forests, waterways and public lands,” said Howard Learner, Executive Director of the Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC). “Midwesterners enjoy the outdoors and are keen on protecting America’s vital natural resources. Rep. García is a strong advocate for the environment and ELPC looks forward to working with him and the committee on advancing issues that protect the great outdoors in the Midwest and the rest of the country.”

"Friends of the Chicago River is very excited that Rep. García has been selected as the Vice Chair of the House Committee on Natural Resources," said Margaret Frisbie, Executive Director. "Rep. García has been a champion for the environment throughout his entire career, advocating for clean air and water as well as healthy protected natural open space. He has also been a stalwart leader in the fight against environmental racism and the pursuit of social justice. Friends looks forward to working with Rep. García to advance environmental protections, protect natural resources, and increase access to nature."

“The Puerto Rican Cultural Center congratulates our Congressman Jesús ‘Chuy’ García on being selected Vice Chair of the Natural Resources Committee. This is great news for Puerto Rico and the Puerto Ricans in the U.S. as we advance our case for self-determination. Chuy has a unique understanding of the problems and possibilities of the Puerto Rican reality. He has been one of the great champions of Puerto Rican causes for more than four decades.”