United States House Committee on Natural Resources

Logo of the United States House Committee on Natural Resources.

The U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources, or Natural Resources Committee (often referred to as simply "Resources") is a Congressional committee of the United States House of Representatives. Originally called the "Committee on Interior & Insular Affairs," the name was changed to the Natural Resources Committee in 1993. The name was shortened to the Resources Committee in 1995 by the new Chairman, Don Young (at the same time, the committee took over the duties of the now-defunct Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee). Following the Democratic takeover of the House of Representatives in 2006, the name of the committee was changed back to its title used between 1993 and 1995.[1]


  1. Fisheries and wildlife, including research, restoration, refuges, and conservation.
  2. Forfeiture of land grants and alien ownership, including alien ownership of mineral lands.
  3. United States Geological Survey.
  4. International fishing agreements.
  5. Interstate compacts relating to apportionment of waters for irrigation purposes.
  6. Irrigation and reclamation, including water supply for reclamation projects and easements of public lands for irrigation projects; and acquisition of private lands when necessary to complete irrigation projects.
  7. Native Americans generally, including the care and allotment of Native American lands and general and special measures relating to claims that are paid out of Native American funds.
  8. Insular possessions of the United States generally (except those affecting the revenue and appropriations).
  9. Military parks and battlefields, national cemeteries administered by the Secretary of the Interior, parks within the District of Columbia, and the erection of monuments to the memory of individuals.
  10. Mineral land laws and claims and entries thereunder.
  11. Mineral resources of public lands, including the Outer Continental Shelf.
  12. Mining interests generally.
  13. Mining schools and experimental stations.
  14. Marine affairs, including coastal zone management (except for measures relating to oil and other pollution of navigable waters).
  15. Oceanography.
  16. Petroleum conservation on public lands and conservation of the radium supply in the United States.
  17. Preservation of prehistoric ruins and objects of interest on the public domain.
  18. Public lands generally, including entry, easements, and grazing thereon.
  19. Relations of the United States with Native Americans and Native American tribes.
  20. Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline (except ratemaking).

Source: Rules of the House of Representatives One Hundred Ninth Congress

Members, 114th Congress

Majority[2] Minority[3]


Representative Kevin McCarthy (R) at an oversight hearing of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power.

In the 111th Congress, the number of subcommittees was reduced from 5 to 4. The Subcommittees on Insular Affairs and Fisheries, Wildlife and Oceans were merged into the Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife. In the 112th Congress, the number was again increased to 5, adding the Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs.

During the committee's official reorganization for the 113th Congress, the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands was renamed the Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation[7]

When former Chairman Doc Hastings of Washington retired from Congress, Rob Bishop of Utah took over as the committee's new chairman at the beginning of the 114th Congress. Congressman Bishop began the process of hiring new staff and reorganized the committee's structure as his predecessors had done.[8][9] The chairman eliminated the Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs subcommittee and split its duties between the renamed Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs and Water, Power and Oceans subcommittees. The chairman also created a new Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, keeping the total number of subcommittees at five[5]

The chairman also transferred jurisdiction over the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act from the former Public Lands and Environmental Regulation and established a renamed the Subcommittee on Federal Lands.[5]

Subcommittee Chair[10] Ranking Member
Energy and Mineral Resources Doug Lamborn (R-CO) Alan Lowenthal (D-CA)
Federal Lands Tom McClintock (R-CA) Niki Tsongas (D-MA)
Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs Don Young (R-AK) Raul Ruiz (D-CA)
Oversight and Investigations Louie Gohmert (R-TX) Debbie Dingell (D-MI)
Water, Power and Oceans John Fleming (R-LA) Jared Huffman (D-CA)


Chair Party State Start of Service End of Service
Committee on Public Lands
Andrew Gregg Democratic-Republican Pennsylvania 1805 1806
John Boyle Democratic-Republican Kentucky 1806 1807
Andrew Gregg Democratic-Republican Pennsylvania
John Boyle Democratic-Republican Kentucky 1807 1808
Jeremiah Morrow Democratic-Republican Ohio 1808 1813
Samuel McKee Democratic-Republican Kentucky 1813 1815
Thomas B. Robertson Democratic-Republican Louisiana 1815 1818
George Poindexter Democratic-Republican Mississippi 1818 1819
Richard C. Anderson Democratic-Republican Kentucky 1819 1821
Christopher Rankin Jacksonian Mississippi 1821 1826
John Scott Adams Missouri 1826 1827
Jacob C. Isacks Jacksonian Tennessee 1827 1830
Charles A. Wickliffe Jacksonian Kentucky 1830 1833
Clement C. Clay Democratic Alabama 1833 1835
Ratliff Boon Democratic Indiana 1835 1838
Zadok Casey Democratic Illinois 1838 1839
Thomas Corwin Whig Ohio 1839 1840
Samson Mason Whig Ohio
Jeremiah Morrow Whig Ohio 1840 1841
William C. Johnson Whig Maryland
Jeremiah Morrow Whig Ohio 1841 1842
Reuben Chapman Democratic Alabama
Jeremiah Morrow Whig Ohio 1842 1843
John W. Davis Democratic Indiana 1843 1845
John A. McClernand Democratic Illinois 1845 1847
Jacob Collamer Whig Vermont 1847 1849
James B. Bowlin Democratic Missouri 1849 1851
Willard P. Hall Democratic Missouri 1851 1853
David T. Disney Democratic Ohio 1853 1855
Henry Bennett Opposition New York 1855 1857
Williamson R. W. Cobb Democratic Alabama 1857 1859
Eli Thayer Republican Massachusetts 1859 1861
John F. Potter Republican Wisconsin 1861 1863
George W. Julian Republican Indiana 1863 1871
John H. Ketcham Republican New York 1871 1873
Washington Townsend Republican Pennsylvania 1873 1875
Milton Sayler Democratic Ohio 1875 1877
William R. Morrison Democratic Illinois 1877 1879
George L. Converse Democratic Ohio 1879 1881
Thaddeus C. Pound Republican Wisconsin 1881 1883
Thomas R. Cobb Democratic Indiana 1883 1887
William S. Holman Democratic Indiana 1887 1889
Lewis E. Payson Republican Illinois 1889 1891
Thomas C. McRae Democratic Arkansas 1891 1895
John F. Lacey Republican Iowa 1895 1907
Franklin W. Mondell Republican Wyoming 1907 1911
Joseph T. Robinson Democratic Arkansas 1911 1912
Scott Ferris Democratic Oklahoma 1912 1919
Nicholas J. Sinnott Republican Oregon 1919 1928
Don B. Colton Republican Utah 1928 1931
John M. Evans Democratic Montana 1931 1933
René L. De Rouen Democratic Louisiana 1933 1940
James W. Robinson Democratic Utah 1940 1943
J. Hardin Peterson Democratic Florida 1943 1947
Richard J. Welch Republican California 1947 1949
Andrew L. Somers Democratic New York
J. Hardin Peterson Democratic Florida 1949 1951
Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs
John R. Murdock Democratic Arizona 1951 1953
Arthur L. Miller Republican Nebraska 1953 1955
Clair Engle Democratic California 1955 1959
Wayne N. Aspinall Democratic Colorado 1959 1973
James A. Haley Democratic Florida 1973 1977
Mo Udall Democratic Arizona 1977 1991
Committee on Natural Resources
George Miller Democratic California 1991 1995
Committee on Resources
Don Young Republican Alaska 1995 2001
James Hansen Republican Utah 2001 2003
Richard Pombo Republican California 2003 2007
Committee on Natural Resources
Nick Rahall Democratic West Virginia 2007 2011
Doc Hastings Republican Washington 2011 2015
Rob Bishop Republican Utah 2015 present

See also


  1. "Incoming chairman pledges new agenda for House environment panel". Associated Press/Lodi News Record. December 8, 2006. Retrieved January 23, 2013.
  2. H.Res. 6, H.Res. 29, 114th Congress
  3. H.Res. 7, H.Res. 30, 114th Congress
  4. Previously served from 2011 to 2013
  5. 1 2 3 Subcommittee Changes
  6. Sablan is an Independent, but caucuses with the Democrats
  7. "Rules for the Committee on Natural Resources" (PDF). Committee on Natural Resources Committee (PDF). January 23, 2013. Retrieved January 23, 2013.
  8. Bravender, Robin (January 7, 2015). "Staff shuffles abound across energy, enviro committees". Energy & Environment Daily. E&E Publishing, LLC. Retrieved January 14, 2015.
  9. Taylor, Phil (January 6, 2015). "New chairman overhauls committee staff". Energy & Environment Daily. E&E Publishing, LLC. Retrieved January 14, 2015.
  10. "Chairman Bishop Announces Natural Resources Committee Republican Leadership, Subcommittee Assignments for 114th Congress". Committee on Natural Resources. January 15, 2015. Retrieved January 16, 2015.

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