Torres Named to Foreign Affairs and Natural Resources Subcommittees

January 24, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Norma J. Torres (D-Pomona) was named to the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade and the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere of the Foreign Affairs Committee.  She was also elected Ranking Member of the Indian, Insular and Native Alaskan Affairs Subcommittee and named to the Subcommittee on Federal Lands of the Natural Resources Committee.


“I am honored to serve on the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade on the House Foreign Affairs Committee,” said Torres.  “National security and public safety are among my top priorities in Congress, and my placement on this subcommittee will allow me to continue the important work I began two years ago on the Homeland Security Committee to counter terrorism and secure our country.  Considering the strong ties the 35th District has to Mexico and Latin America, I am also proud to have the opportunity to serve on the Western Hemisphere subcommittee where I intend to promote strong U.S. engagement with our neighbors and partners across the Americas.”


The subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade oversees matters related to nonproliferation, to U.S. efforts to coordinate international programs that combat terrorism, and to international and economic trade policy. The subcommittee on Western Hemisphere has jurisdiction over U.S. foreign policy toward Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean.


“As a Californian, it is also a privilege to serve on the subcommittee responsible for protecting our nation’s natural treasures and to lead Democrats on the subcommittee that handles issues so vital to the well-being of tribal and insular populations,” continued Torres.  “Tribes and people living in insular areas are among the most vulnerable, and I look forward to continuing to advance tribal economic self-sufficiency and sovereignty and bringing greater attention to the issues impacting offshore territories.”


As Ranking Member of the Indian, Insular, and Native Alaskan Affairs Subcommittee, Torres will be the lead Democrat on the subcommittee that oversees all matters regarding Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and the insular areas of the United States.  The Subcommittee on Federal Lands on which she will also serve is responsible for all matters related to the National Park System, U.S. Forests, public lands, and national monuments.


This is Torres’s second term on the Natural Resources Committee.  She was appointed to the Foreign Affairs Committee on January 10, 2017.