Kyrsten Sinema was elected to the US Senate in 2018. Sinema represented Arizona’s 9th congressional district in the US House of Representative from 2013 until 2018, and previously served in both chambers of the Arizona state legislature. While serving in the US House of Representatives, Sinema supported permanent reauthorization of the the Land and Water Conservation Fund, sage grouse conservation, efforts to curb methane emissions, and limits on public land transfers. She also opposed efforts to block new national monument designations.
Notable Activities and Statements on Public Lands Policy
Sinema opposes efforts to block new national monument designations.
Sinema voted against blocking new presidential monument declarations. She voted against a 2015 House measure that would have blocked all funds from being used to establish National monuments in seven western states: Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, and Utah. [Environment and Energy Daily, 07/09/15]
Sinema supports permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).
Sinema voted for a bill to permanently authorize LWCF sponsored by Raul Grijalva that failed despite receiving some Republican support. [Congressional Quarterly, 05/26/2016]
Sinema supports limits on public land transfers.
Sinema voted to limit public lands transfers. She voted yes on a failed amendment that would have blocked funding to initiate any federal land transfers, disposals, or sales that were not in the public interest. The amendment would have made public land transfer more difficult. [National Wildlife Federation Press Release, 9/14/2017; House Clerk, Roll Call Vote 491, 09/13/17]
Sinema supports sage grouse conservation.
Sinema voted to preserve sage grouse conservation plans during consideration of the Interior and Environmental Appropriations bill in 2016. The failed amendment would have protected plans to conserve the threatened sage grouse’s habitat across the western United States. [House Roll Call Vote 474]
Sinema supports reducing methane emissions.
Sinema voted against overturning the methane rule by voting no on a House resolution that repealed the Obama-era Interior regulation aimed at curbing methane emissions from oil and gas drilling operations on public lands. [Washington Post, 02/03/17]