112th Congress Subcommittee Chairmen: Natural Resources

Jan. 14, 2011 -- House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Doc Hastings has selected members to serve as subcommittee chairpersons for the 112th Congress. Below is a list of the selections as well as their top contributions by interest group.

Energy and Mineral Resources -- Oversees American energy production and mining on federal lands – both onshore and offshore.

Rep. Doug Lamborn, Colorado

Interest Contributions
Defense Aerospace $34,250
Oil & Gas $31,500
Defense Electronics $29,300
Mining $17,500
Real Estate $16,833
Misc Finance $13,822
Health Professionals $12,974
Automotive $11,500
Lawyers/Law Firms $10,784
Telecom Services & Equipment $8,000

Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs -- Responsible for all issues pertaining to wildlife resources, fisheries, oceanography, and insular areas.  The Insular areas of the U.S. include the territories of American Samoa, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI), as well as the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Rep. John Fleming, Louisiana

Interest Contributions
Health Professionals $248,580
Oil & Gas $130,550
Insurance $49,350
General Contractors $44,250
Hospitals/Nursing Homes $36,350
Misc Finance $35,050
Real Estate $34,712
Banks and Credit $33,700
Lawyers/Law Firms $33,350
Misc Business $31,800

National Parks, Forests and Public Lands -- Responsible for all matters related to the National Park System, U.S. Forests, public lands and national monuments.

Rep. Rob Bishop, Utah

Interest Contributions
Oil & Gas $17,750
Real Estate $13,500
Misc Defense $13,500
Lobbyists $12,650
Lawyers/Law Firms $10,800
Banks and Credit $9,490
Electric Utilities $8,000
Automotive $8,000
Business Services $8,000
Defense Aerospace $8,000

Indian and Alaska Native Affairs -- Oversees all matters regarding Native Americans, including the 562 federally recognized tribes and Alaska Native Corporations, and nearly 1.9 million American Indians.

Rep. Don Young, Alaska

Interest Contributions
Sea Transport $69,550
Lawyers/Law Firms $66,668
Lobbyists $42,050
Transportation Unions $38,000
Construction Services $28,800
Food & Beverage $28,376
Building Trade Unions $27,250
Air Transport $26,600
Oil & Gas $25,050
General Contractors $24,400

Water and Power -- Responsible for matters concerning America’s water resources, federal irrigation projects, generation of electric power from federal water projects and interstate water issues.

Rep. Tom McClintock, California

Interest Contributions
Real Estate $46,250
Casinos/Gambling $32,200
Oil & Gas $30,700
Computers/Internet $24,150
Retail Sales $19,400
Insurance $18,550
Lawyers/Law Firms $17,350
Telephone Utilities $15,000
Crop Production & Basic Processing $14,075
Misc Finance $13,150

Contributions above are for the last two years of available data, Nov 23, 2008 - Nov 22, 2010. Contributions from political parties and from other candidates are not included in the "Top 10" lists. Contributions data provided by the Center for Responsive Politics (OpenSecrets.org)

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