Committee Assignments

Natural Resources Committee – this Committee exercises responsibility over matters that enrich America and all Americans – from the natural and historic heritage of our National Parks and forests to the majesty of our oceans and wilderness areas. Committee jurisdiction also includes the Geological Survey, Insular possessions of the United States, and relations of the United States with Native Americans and Native American tribes.

Vice Chair for Insular Affairs

National Parks Forests and Public Lands SubcommitteeThe Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands is responsible for overseeing the agencies that manage our federal public lands. Democrats on the subcommittee are committed to enhancing America’s National Parks; protecting wilderness and conservation sites; fostering opportunities for hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation; and developing environmental regulation and public participation.

Education and Labor CommitteeFor generations, America has been a leader in the global economy, thanks to the drive and innovative spirit of America's students and workers. But working families have lost ground, finding themselves squeezed between shrinking paychecks and paying for college and putting food on the table. The mission of this committee is simple: Strengthening America's working families.

Chair – Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education – Education from early learning through the high school level, including but not limited to early care and education programs such as the Head Start Act and the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act, special education, and homeless and migrant education; overseas dependent schools; career and technical education; school climate and safety, including alcohol and drug abuse prevention; educational equity, including facilities; educational research and improvement, including the Institute of Education Sciences; and pre-service and in-service teacher professional development, including Title II of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and Title II of the Higher Education Act.

Committee on Veterans’ AffairsThe House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs is the authorizing committee for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The committee is responsible for recommending legislation expanding, curtailing, or fine-tuning existing laws relating to veterans' benefits. The Committee also has oversight responsibility, which means monitoring and evaluating the operations of the VA. If the Committee finds that VA is not administering laws as Congress intended, then it is addressed through the hearing process and legislation. We are the voice of Congress for veterans in dealings with the VA.

Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs – The Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs has legislative, oversight, and investigative jurisdiction over compensation; general and special pensions of all the wars of the United States.

HealthThe Subcommittee on Health has legislative, oversight, and investigative jurisdiction over the Veterans Health Administration including medical services, medical support and compliance, medical facilities, medical and prosthetic research, and major and minor construction.