Ruben Gallego has served in the US House of Representatives since 2015, representing Arizona’s 7th congressional district. He previously served in the Arizona House of Representatives from 2011 until 2014. Gallego supports permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, sage grouse conservation, and efforts to reduce methane emissions. He opposes the Trump Administration’s rollback of national monuments, as well as efforts to transfer public lands to state control.
Notable Activities and Statements on Public Lands Policy
Rep. Gallego opposes the Trump administration’s rollback of national monuments.
Gallego called Trump’s monuments policy “reckless.” He sharply criticized Trump’s shrinking of Bears Ears National Monument and called on our nation’s “moral responsibility to conserve our cultural and natural history and resources for future generations. [Press Release, 12/04/17]
Gallego supports permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).
Gallego cosponsored a bill to permanently authorize LWCF sponsored by Raul Grijalva. [House Natural Resources Committee Democratic Press Release, 02/12/18]
Gallego opposes transferring public lands to state control.
Gallego criticized Natural Resources Committee Chairman Bishop’s “consistent and constant attack” on public lands. He described Rep. Bishop’s actions as an effort to “not just take them away, but also give them to some of these states who will use them in such an irresponsible manner that they would not be passed on as a generational gift.” [ThinkProgress, 09/12/16]
Gallego supports sage grouse conservation.
Gosar 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]
Gallego supports reducing methane emissions.
Gallego voted against overturning the methane rule by voting no on a House resolution that repealed the Obama-era Interior regulation aimed at curbing methane emissions from oil and gas drilling operations on public lands.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]