The House GOP Steering Committee elected U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) to serve as the next chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Dec. 1.
As the oldest standing legislative committee in the U.S. House, the Energy and Commerce Committee has broad jurisdiction. It has responsibility for the nation’s telecommunications, consumer protection, food and drug safety, public health research, environmental quality, energy policy and interstate and foreign commerce. Walden is the first Energy and Commerce chairman from the Pacific Northwest.
“I am deeply honored to earn the support of my colleagues to chair this incredibly important committee. Americans are looking for big improvements out of Washington, and that’s just what we’re going to give them as we work with the Trump Administration, the Senate, and the governors, to move forward on the Better Way agenda,” Walden said. “Our work will focus on what’s best for consumers, on creating better paying jobs and providing patient-centered health care.”
Walden said he and other committee chairs will not make subcommittee chairmanship decisions until after the Steering Committee finalizes committee rosters in early January.