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Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa

Representing the 1st District of Hawaii


January 13, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi announced House committee assignments this week and Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa was appointed to the Armed Services and the Natural Resources Committees.  Subcommittee assignments have yet to be determined.

Congresswoman Hanabusa:  (Armed Services) I am honored to continue my work on the Armed Services Committee.  During the 112th and 113th Congresses, one of my top priorities was the pivot to Asia-Pacific, highlighting the significance of Asia-Pacific in the 21st century.  The Pacific Command (PACOM) Area of Responsibility (AOR) covers 55% of the earth’s surface and contains the three greatest economies of the world:  the United States, China and Japan.  While Japan is the cornerstone of our alliances in Asia-Pacific, being on the Armed Services Committee will enable me to continue focusing on the region’s security, diplomatic and economic stability.  Another benefit is the opportunity it gives me to work with Hawaii’s outstanding military leaders, the best among the best.

Congresswoman Hanabusa:  (Natural Resources) Natural Resources is one of busiest Committees in Congress.  From controlling federal lands to protecting our ecosystems and growing the outdoor recreation economy, the committee on Natural Resources covers a broad expanse of natural resources and Native Hawaiian programs dear to Hawaii.

Natural Resources Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva:   “I’m beyond thrilled to welcome Congresswoman Hanabusa back on the Natural Resources Committee,” said Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.). “Now more than ever, it’s important that we have strong leaders on our Committee that are willing to speak up to protect our public lands, oceans, and wildlife. I know that Congresswoman Hanabusa is up for the challenge and is not afraid to be the strong voice we need to help ensure our bedrock conservation laws are protected.”