Yesterday, the executive committee of the Congressional Western Caucus voted unanimously to elect Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.) as chairman of the Western Caucus for the 117th Congress. The Western Caucus, currently led by Chairman Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), is a bipartisan coalition of nearly 70 members of Congress from 35 different states and territories who advocate for rural, western and resource-based communities.
“The Congressional Western Caucus is the premiere organization advocating for rural policy issues throughout the West and beyond,” said Chairman-elect Newhouse. “Chairman Gosar brought our caucus to new heights, and I want to thank him for his strong leadership over these past four years. I intend to build upon this robust foundation, expand our influence, and help achieve new victories for our members in the 117th Congress. Based on feedback and conversations with fellow members, I have developed a strong vision for a member-driven, solutions-oriented future of our caucus. I look forward to continuing to learn, collaborate and serve as your next chairman.”
Initially, the caucus was born in the West out of concerns of undue federal interference with rural, agricultural, timber, water, energy and hunting values that had been a part of American society for centuries. The caucus was founded to fight this federal overreach, promote rural values and preserve our uniquely American way of life. Over time, the caucus has grown beyond the geographic West, allying with members of Congress throughout the country that share our values, issues and vision of a stronger America.