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The U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources, or Natural Resources Committee (often referred to as simply "Resources", as in "He's on 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. 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. Incoming chairman pledges new agenda for House environment panel AP


  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 Statesmarker generally (except those affecting the revenue and appropriations).
  9. Military parks and battlefield, national cemeteries administered by the Secretary of the Interior, parks within the District of Columbiamarker, 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 Pipelinemarker (except ratemaking).
Source: Rules of the House of Representatives One Hundred Ninth Congress

Members, 111th Congress

The committee chairman is Nick Rahall of West Virginiamarker, and the Ranking Member is Doc Hastings of Washingtonmarker.

Majority Minority



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

Subcommittee Chair Ranking Member
Energy and Mineral Resources Jim Costa (D-CA) Doug Lamborn (R-CO)
Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife Madeleine Bordallo (D-GU) Henry E. Brown, Jr. (R-SC)
National Parks, Forests and Public Lands Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) Rob Bishop (R-UT)
Water and Power Grace Napolitano (D-CA) Tom McClintock (R-CA)


Chairperson Term
George Miller (D-CA) 1991-1994
Don Young (R-AK) 1995 - 2001
James V. Hansen (R-UT) 2001 - 2003
Richard Pombo (R-CA) 2003 - 2007
Nick J. Rahall (D-WV) 2007 - present


  1. Gregorio Sablan is an Independent who caucus with Democrats, and counts as a Democrat for committee purposes.


Historical information of the Committee on Resources and its predecessor committees 1807-2002 54MB

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