Tom O’Halleran has served in the US House of Representatives since 2017, representing Arizona’s 1st congressional district. He previously served in both chambers of the Arizona state legislature. O’Halleran 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. O’Halleran opposes Trump’s shrinking of national monuments.
O’Halleran blasted Trump’s decision to shrink Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante. O’Halleran called the decision “shortsighted and detrimental to ongoing conservation efforts and the preservation of Native American history.” He described our public lands as “national treasures” and “home to the most beautiful natural wonders and thousands of years of history.” [Press Release, 12/04/17]
O’Halleran supports permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).
O’Halleran cosponsored a bill to permanently authorize LWCF. The bill would permanently reauthorize the program. [House Natural Resources Committee Democratic Press Release, 02/12/18]
O’Halleran opposes federal land transfers, disposals, or sales that are not in the public interest.
O’Halleran voted yes on an amendment on an Interior Department funding bill that would have blocked funding to initiate any federal land transfers, disposals, or sales that were not in the public interest or were not part of the Federal Lands Transfer Facilitation Act, making public land transfer more difficult. Because the amendment failed, public land seizure proponents can sell off lands that belong to all Americans to the highest bidder. (National Wildlife Federation Press Release, 09/14/17)
O’Halleran supports stricter rules on methane emissions.
O’Halleran voted against overturning the methane rule. The House of Representatives passed a resolution that would repeal the Interior Department’s regulation promulgated by the Obama Administration that curbed methane emissions from oil and gas drilling operations on public lands. (Washington Post, 02/03/17).