January 29, 2009 (Washington, DC) – Hunters, anglers, and conservationists across the country will have strong bi-partisan legislative support in the United States Senate on issues important to America’s outdoor and sporting heritage during the 111th Congress.
Senators Ben Nelson (D-NE) and Mike Crapo (R-ID) have been chosen to serve as co-chairs and lead the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus in the United States Senate.
“I grew up hunting and fishing and as an elected official, I have a tremendous opportunity to advocate these traditions in the halls of Congress. As co-chair of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, I look forward to working with my fellow sportsmen on Capitol Hill to advance the interests of hunters, anglers and conservationists who continue to enjoy the time honored American tradition of enjoying the outdoors,” said Senator Nelson.
“It’s a wonderful honor to serve as Co-Chair of the Sportsmen’s Caucus. We have always stood firm for hunters and anglers, and I’m confident we will continue the successful track record,” said Senator Crapo.
The Senate Sportsmen’s Caucus also selected Senators John Thune (R-SD) and Jon Tester (D-MT) to serve as Caucus Vice-Chairs.
“In Montana, we take pride in our outdoor heritage, and we take pride in making sure everyone has access to our world class hunting and fishing areas,” said Senator Tester. “I look forward to continuing to work with this bipartisan group of Senators and Representatives to look out for God’s infrastructure-our wildlife, mountains, forests, prairies, rivers and lakes.”
“Sportsmen play a critical role in protecting our natural resources and they have a tremendous impact on South Dakota’s economy,” said Senator Thune. “As a member of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, I will serve the hunters and anglers in my state by ensuring that we always have places and opportunities to hunt and fish.”
The Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus and the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation celebrate their 20th anniversary this year with pride in their past legislative accomplishments and with an eye on the future of hunting, angling, and conservation issues.
“We thank Senators Nelson, Crapo, Thune and Tester for stepping up and agreeing to lead the Sportsmen’s Caucus in the U.S. Senate,” said Jeff Crane, President of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation. “For the past twenty years, the Sportsmen’s Caucus has time and time again passed legislation that protects and promotes hunters, anglers, and habitat and I’m confident the new leadership will lead the way once again.”