Legislative Action

Get Involved

One of the most important roles you can play as a conservation-minded recreational fisherperson is to make your views known to our elected officials. Historically, political activism by recreational fishers on behalf of our valuable natural resources has been left to a small hand full of the most dedicated volunteers. With advances in internet technology, becoming informed and making your views known has become easier and easier.

We have provided a few tools here to streamline reaching elected officials and simplify staying up to date on key legislation. While this helps with access, it is still critically important to understand the issues and what actions will lead to stability in the health of our wild and hatchery fish stocks. These issues and actions are discussed in other pages of this web site.

How to Be Effective

It may be helpful to understand the federal legislative process and accepted protocols for dealing effectively with elected officials at all levels. Here is another excellent resource on the federal structure.

The State of Washington's guidelines are also described here, as well as the state legislative process.

Here is information on working with congressional staffs.
One of the most useful references available on the internet is this guide for lobbying by non-profit organizations Another very good reference site is the National Wildlife Foundation's Action How-To's web page.

Keep in mind that threats or negative behavior will close the lines of communication with your legislators. Constructive input based on factual information will have the greatest impact.

Find Your Legislators

Locate easily your federal, state, county and local officials.

Additional State of Washington references to locate government officials.

Understanding the Competition
There may be occasion where it is useful to understand how others are influencing the legislative process. On place to look is the Federal Election Commission.

National Conservation Issues

Trout Unlimited's national staff is constantly working to understand and influence the outcome of key national legislation. Look here frequently for the most recent issues. Included is a shortcut and help for sending a message from you to your legislators on these issues.
The League of Conservation Voters maintains additional information on conservation legislation, as well as, information about the conservation records of members of Congress.

Washington State Legislature

Laws and Codes
Oregon State Legislature
United States Congress

Obama Administration Cabinet Members

The Senate has approved the following Cabinet member nominations:
Secretary of State: Hillary Clinton
Secretary of the Treasury:
Secretary of Agriculture:
Secretary of Commerce:
Secretary of Energy:
Secretary of Education:

Senate Committee Chairmen and Ranking Member:

Agriculture Chairman: Richard Lugar, IN
Appropriations Chairman: Ted Stevens, AK
    Ranking Member: Robert Byrd, WV
Armed Services Chairman: John Warner, VA
    Ranking Member: Carl Levin, MI
Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Chairman: Phil Gramm, TX
    Ranking Member: Paul Sarbanes, MD
Budget Chairman: Pete Domenici, NM
    Ranking Member: Kent Conrad, ND
Commerce, Science and Transportation
    Ranking Member: Ernest Hollings, SC
Energy and Natural Resources Chairman: Frank Murkowski, AK
    Ranking Member: Jeff Bingaman, NM
Environment and Public Works Chairman: Bob Smith, NH
    Ranking Member: Harry Reid, NV
Finance Chairman: Chuck Grassley, IA
    Ranking Member: Max Baucus, MT
Governmental Affairs Chairman: Fred Thompson, TN
    Ranking Member: Joseph Lieberman, CT

Senate Subcommittee Chairmen

Agriculture Production and Price Competitiveness: TBA
Marketing, Inspection and Product Promotion: TBA
Forestry, Conservation and Rural Revitalization: TBA
Research, Nutrition and General Legislation: TBA
Agriculture, Rural Development and Related Agencies: TBA
Commerce, Justice, State and the Judiciary: TBA
Defense: TBA
District of Columbia: TBA
Energy and Water Development: TBA
Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs: TBA
Interior and Related Agencies: TBA
Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education: TBA
Legislative Branch: TBA
Military Construction: TBA
Transportation: TBA
Treasury and General Government: TBA
Veterans, Housing and Urban Development: TBA
Armed Services
Airland: TBA
Emerging Threats and Capabilities: TBA
Personnel: TBA
Readiness and Management Support: TBA
Sea Power: TBA
Strategic: TBA
Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs
Economic Policy: TBA
Financial Institutions: TBA
Housing and Transportation: TBA
International Trade and Finance: TBA
Securities: TBA
No subcommittees
Commerce, Science and Transportation
Aviation: TBA
Communications: TBA
Consumer Affairs, Foreign Commerce and Tourism: TBA
Manufacturing and Competitiveness: TBA
Oceans and Fisheries: TBA
Science, Technology and Space: TBA
Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine: TBA
Energy and Natural Resources
Energy, Research, Development, Production and Regulation: TBA
Forest and Public Land Management: TBA
National Parks, Historic Preservation and Recreation: TBA
Water and Power: TBA
Environment and Public Works
Clean Air, Wetlands, Private Properties, and Nuclear Safety: James M. Inhofe, OK
Transportation and Safety: George V. Voinovich, OH
Fisheries, Wildlife, and Water: Michael Crapo, ID
Superfund, Waste Control, and Risk Assessment: Lincoln Chafee, RI
Healthcare: TBA
International Trade: TBA
Long-Term Growth and Debt Reduction: TBA
Social Security and Family Policy: TBA
Taxation and IRS Oversight: TBA
Governmental Affairs
International Security, Proliferation and Federal Services: Thad
Cochran, MS
Oversight of Government Management, Restructuring and the District of Columbia: George Voinovich, OH
Investigations: Susan Collins, ME

House Committee Chairmen and Ranking Member:

Agriculture Chairman: Larry Combest, TX
    Ranking Member: Charles Stenholm, TX
Appropriations Chairman: C.W. Bill Young, FL
    Ranking Member: TBA
Armed Services Chairman: Bob Stump, AZ
    Ranking Member: Ike Skelton, MO
Banking and Financial Services (Formerly Banking) Chairman: Michael G. Oxley, OH
    Ranking Member: John J. LaFalce, NY
Budget Chairman: Jim Nussle, IA
    Ranking Member: TBA
Energy and Commerce (Formerly Commerce) Chairman: W.J. "Billy" Tauzin, LA
     Ranking Member: TBA
Resources Chairman: James A. Hansen, UT
    Ranking Member: TBA
Science Chairman: Sherwood L. Boehlert, NY
    Ranking Member: TBA
Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman: Don Young, AK
    Ranking Member: TBA
Ways and Means Chairman: Bill Thomas, CA
    Ranking Member: TBA

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