Washington, DC—Rep. John Curtis (R-UT), released the following statement after it was announced that he would retain positions on two prestigious House of Representatives committees, the Natural Resources Committee and Foreign Relations Committee, respectively.

“I feel honored to represent Utah on these committees. I’ll have the unique position to protect Utah’s natural treasures, as well as our Western way of life. I will work diligently to ensure Utah priorities are accounted for by the Natural Resources Committee,” said Curtis. “We are living in a very dangerous world; it’s as crucial as ever that the Foreign Affairs Committee focus on strengthening and supporting our allies as we work together to combat Russian and Iranian aggression, seek to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula, counter the rise of China, and fight violent extremism and terrorism across the globe.”

Background

Natural Resources Committee

  • With roughly 66% of Utah’s lands federally managed, it’s crucial that Utah has a seat at the table.
  • The Natural Resources Committee oversees public lands management policy across the federal government.
  • The Committee ensures responsible energy and resource development, outdoor recreation, agriculture, and conservation.
  • The Committee also has responsibility for overseeing the National Parks System which includes “Utah’s Mighty 5,”—important drivers of Utah’s tourism economy.

Foreign Affairs Committee

  • This Congressional Committee has significant responsibility for the nation’s foreign policy and diplomatic efforts around the world.
  • The Committee includes oversight of the US Department of State, American embassies and diplomats, and US foreign humanitarian aid and investment.