O’Halleran Announces 117th Congress Committee Assignments, Leadership Positions

January 4, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) announced he would retain his seats on both the House Energy and Commerce and Agriculture Committees. In tandem, he announced his election to Co-Chair for Communications and Outreach of the House Blue Dog Coalition.

“Last year, we saw firsthand how out of touch Washington is with the needs of American families in communities small and large across our nation—far too many struggling Arizonans were left out to dry while partisan bickering led to unacceptable stalemate,” said O’Halleran. “This Congress, I am proud to be a part of two committees vital to the interests of Arizona families and a coalition of commonsense members who are committed to bipartisanship, listening to those we are sworn to represent, and working together to deliver the kind of COVID-19 relief that suffering families, hospitals, small businesses, and localities need.”

The Energy and Commerce Committee is the oldest continuous standing committee in the U.S. House of Representatives, with the broadest jurisdiction, and covers a variety of issues, including:

  • health care and insurance,
  • environmental issues,
  • energy,
  • telecommunications and broadband,
  • commerce, and
  • consumer protection and product safety.

The House Committee on Agriculture oversees many areas critical to rural Arizona, such as:

  • agricultural research and development,
  • economics and education,
  • nutrition and food assistance,
  • forestry and conservation,
  • international and national trade markets,
  • water issues and conservation, and
  • rural development.

The Blue Dog Coalition is an official caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives comprised of fiscally-responsible Democrats who are leading the way to find commonsense solutions. The Blue Dogs are dedicated to pursuing fiscally-responsible policies, ensuring a strong national defense for our country, and transcending party lines to get things done for the American people. Last Congress, O’Halleran served as the Blue Dog Coalition’s Co-Chair for Policy.

In addition to the House Blue Dog Coalition, O'Halleran is a member of the Problem Solvers Caucus, a bipartisan group comprised of 25 Republicans and 25 Democrats, and the New Democrat Coalition, a solutions-oriented coalition seeking to bridge the gap between left and right by challenging outmoded partisan approaches to governing.

For a full list of Committees, Caucuses, and Coalitions on which O’Halleran sits, click HERE.

O’Halleran was sworn in for a third term representing Arizona’s First Congressional District in the House of Representatives on January 3, 2021.