What They Are Saying: Ranking Member-Elect Bruce Westerman

December 4, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON – This week, the Republican Conference ratified the Republican Steering Committee’s recommendation for U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) to be the next ranking member of the House Committee on Natural Resources.

“Bruce Westerman exemplifies the results-oriented leadership we need to secure wins for Republican resource management and conservation policies. I’ve traveled across the country with Bruce – from Alaska and Arizona to Montana, Nevada, and Texas – and he consistently demonstrates an earnest commitment to solving the resource challenges facing our nation. As the only forester in Congress, he has a uniquely advantageous understanding of our nation’s land, water, and environment, and I believe our Conference would be remiss not to capitalize on his expertise. Through my work with Bruce on the Natural Resources Committee and as fellow Members of the Congressional Western Caucus, I have witnessed his strong, principled, conservative leadership. I am proud to endorse him for the Republican leader of the House Natural Resources Committee.” –  Dan Newhouse, Chairman-Elect, Congressional Western Caucus

“I want to congratulate my friend, Bruce Westerman, on being elected Republican Leader of the Natural Resources Committee! Bruce has a passion for our country, forestry, and for ensuring that conservation and energy exploration go hand-in-hand. I look forward to working with him!” – Don Young, Natural Resources Committee Chairman Emeritus and Dean of the House

“Very excited for Representative Westerman. Nobody knows these issues better than Bruce. This is great news for Arkansas and I look forward to helping him on this side of the Capitol.” – U.S. Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.)

“In the four years I’ve worked with Bruce on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I’ve known him to be a team player and a committed leader. With his leadership as the Ranking Member on the Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee this Congress, our committee passed the bipartisan Water Resources Development Act through the House. He has proven his ability to engage members from all sides of an issue, work across the aisle and advance Conference priorities. All these qualities make Bruce an excellent pick to be the next Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member. I give him my full support.” U.S. Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.)

“Representative Westerman is a great friend and colleague, and I’m thrilled that he’ll be taking the lead as the new ranking member for the Natural Resources Committee. He has been incredibly helpful and supportive of our efforts to defend mining in Minnesota for years now. Well deserved, and congratulations Bruce!” – U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer (R-Minn.)

“I have had the privilege of working with Congressman Westerman on resources issues since I joined him in Congress last year, as well as recently joining him on the Natural Resources Committee.  He has been a great champion on critical issues both for my district and throughout the nation. Whether it is proper forest management, responsibly sourcing our country’s minerals and resources, or ensuring our public lands are accessible to all Americans, we have a champion in Bruce, and I believe he would be a fantastic leader for Republicans on the Natural Resources Committee.” – U.S. Rep. Pete Stauber (R-Minn.)

“After working with Bruce for years and serving on two committees with him, he stands out as the clear choice to lead the Natural Resources Committee. The committee will play a key role in our regulatory, climate and energy future. His incomparable experience and education uniquely qualify him for the position. There is no doubt that Bruce will do an excellent job advancing conservative natural resources solutions.” – U.S. Rep. Garret Graves (R-La.)

“Congrats to Representative Westerman who was elected as Ranking Member of the Natural Resources Committee today! Congressman Westerman is a great friend who has both the passion and knowledge to lead policy reforms in forestry and land management.” – U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford (R-Ark.)

“Congrats to my good friend and fellow Arkansan Bruce Westerman on being elected the Ranking Member of the Natural Resources Committee. I can attest to his unparalleled knowledge and passion for forestry, federal land management, and smart and effective policymaking.” – U.S. Rep. Steve Womack (R-Ark.)

“Congratulations to my friend, Bruce Westerman, on being elected as the Natural Resources Committee's Ranking Member! An avid outdoorsman in Arkansas, Bruce's knowledge about the environment, conservation, and federal land management makes him uniquely qualified to lead the committee.” – U.S. Rep. French Hill (R-Ark.)

“Congratulations to Representative Westerman on his selection as the new Ranking Member for the Natural Resources Committee! The only forester in Congress, he is well suited to lead this important committee.” – U.S. Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-Ariz.)

"I believe Bruce Westerman is an ideal person to lead the House Natural Resources Committee. As an active member of both the sportsmen’s and the conservation policy communities, I have worked with Bruce on a number of natural resource issues important to our interests. His thoughtfulness and leadership, stemming from his deep knowledge and experience, on these and other natural resource issues has earned him the respect of sportsmen and conservationists. This also makes possible his skill in bringing different ideas together. In combination, these are the attributes for effectiveness and good results, and why I believe Bruce is the right candidate for leadership of the Committee.” – Simon Roosevelt, Great-Grandson of Theodore Roosevelt

“Congratulations to my friend Bruce Westerman on becoming Ranking Member of the Committee on Natural Resources! I can think of no one more qualified, knowledgeable, or dedicated to our natural resources and outdoor conservation to lead this committee.” – Asa Hutchinson, Arkansas Governor

“The American Conservation Coalition works with young Americans across the country to promote market-based, limited-government solutions to environmental challenges. Congressman Westerman's strong leadership on issues like climate change, as well as his willingness to listen to and collaborate with young leaders on developing effective policy solutions, is why he has earned ACC's full support for the Ranking Member position on the House Natural Resources Committee. His unique qualification as the only forester in Congress and proven track record as a member of the committee will allow him to effectively guide the Republican policy agenda in the 117th Congress.” – Quill Robinson, Vice President of Government Affairs, American Conservation Coalition

“Congressman Bruce Westerman understands that Republicans can lead on conservation and natural resource issues.  That's why he has advanced commonsense, proactive solutions on issues such as climate change, catastrophic wildfires, and public lands access. As an engineer and the only professional forester in Congress, Westerman has personally visited rural, forested communities across the country, continues to be an outspoken advocate for the importance of active forest management, and is uniquely positioned to lead Republicans on the House Natural Resources Committee.” – Travis Joseph, President and CEO, American Forest Resource Council

“As the beef industry’s oldest and largest national marketing and trade association, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) wishes to express support for Congressman Bruce Westerman as an outstanding candidate to lead the House Committee on Natural Resources. As the only professionally-trained forester in the House of Representatives, Congressman Westerman’s leadership on forest health has engendered trust in cattle producers across the country, particularly in the West where the risk of catastrophic wildfire are always top of mind. We are confident Congressman Westerman will provide strong leadership of this committee for cattle producers throughout the United States.” – Ethan Lane, Vice President of Government Affairs, National Cattleman’s Beef Association

“As the United States struggles after another historic wildfire year, it’s time for leadership that understands the need to drastically change the direction of our forest management. Bruce Westerman has the vision and knowledge needed for our National Forests and other public lands at this critical time. As a professional forester and a passionate outdoorsman, Bruce understands the value of management of natural resources in ways few other members of Congress do. We strongly endorse him for the top spot on the House Natural Resources Committee.” – Chuck Roady, President, Federal Forest Resource Coalition

“On behalf of the recreational boating industry, I write to express our strong support for Representative Bruce Westerman to be the next Ranking Member of the House Natural Resources Committee. Rep. Westerman recognizes the significant economic and conservation benefits that recreational boating provides to communities across the country, and the congressman has been a valuable partner to the outdoor recreation community prior to and during his time in Congress.” – T. Nicole Vasilaros, Senior Vice President, National Marine Manufacturers Association

“Congratulations to Representative Westerman for this well-earned honor. Great for Arkansas!” – Arkansas Farm Bureau

“The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) is proud to endorse Rep. Westerman to become the lead Republican on the House Natural Resources Committee. As an avid sportsman, Rep. Westerman knows firsthand the economic, social and conservation benefits that outdoor recreation activities like recreational fishing provide to the nation. He understands that conservation policies should be science-based and allow for wise and sustainable use of our natural resources. We believe that Rep. Westerman is the right choice to lead this Committee because of his deep understanding of the most pressing issues facing our nation’s natural resources, and because he is principled, well-respected and able to getting things done.” – Glenn Hughes, President, American Sportfishing Association

“On behalf of the millions of Americans who enjoy marine recreational fishing and boating, I write to express our ardent support for Congressman Bruce Westerman to be the next Ranking Member of the House Committee on Natural Resources. It is imperative we have a strong leader in conservation and supporter of outdoor recreation as the Ranking Member of the House Natural Resources Committee. Congressman Westerman is that leader.” – Jefferson Angers, President, Center for Sportfishing Policy

“Congratulations to Representative Westerman on being named ranking member of the Natural Resources Committee. We look forward to working with you and the rest of the members on fighting for sportsmen and women and promoting conservation across the country.” – Safari Club International

“Western Energy Alliance is proud to support Congressman Westerman for Natural Resources Committee leadership, as we have worked with him for several years on the committee and with the Congressional Western Caucus. We very much appreciate his support for responsible oil and natural gas development on public lands; he understands what it takes to manage forests and other public lands effectively to maintain the balance between resources and environmental protection. We’re excited at the prospect of committee leadership with direct expertise and academic credentials in natural resources and forestry.” – Kathleen Sgamma, President, Western Energy Alliance

“Since being elected to represent Arkansas' fourth Congressional district, Bruce has consistently proven himself a leader within the House Committee on Natural Resources. As a member of the Board of Directors of the National Park Foundation, as well as the American Battlefield Trust and a number of other groups related to historic preservation, I sincerely appreciate his commitment and leadership to the recently enacted Great American Outdoors Act. I look forward to continuing to work with him on our shared priorities during the 117th Congress, and wholeheartedly endorse him as the next top Republican of the House Committee on Natural Resources.” – John L. Nau III, President and CEO, Silver Eagle Distributors L.P.

“Congratulations to Congressman Westerman for being chosen to lead his peers on the Natural Resources Committee. His forestry background and knowledge of unique public lands issues has always been a great benefit to livestock producers who rely on sound land management policy. He knows that ranchers and farmers are good stewards of our nation's resources and he knows how important it is that these farmers and ranchers are involved in the policy-making process. We are thrilled to continue working with him as he steps into this new leadership role.” – Kaitlynn Glover, Executive Director, Public Lands Council

“AWC extends its congratulations to Representative Westerman for his victory as the new Ranking Member of the House Natural Resources Committee. As the sole forester in the House, his leadership makes him the right person to lead the committee in the coming years.” – American Wood Council

“Congratulations to my good friend Bruce Westerman on being named the Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member! Arkansas and the entire country will benefit from his forestry expertise and wisdom.” – Tim Griffin, Arkansas Lieutenant Governor

“Congratulations to Representative Westerman! Your knowledge and leadership on issues related to paper and wood products manufacturers will be a great asset in this important Natural Resources Committee role.” – American Forest and Paper Association