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Walden Chosen to Chair
Energy and Commerce

by Associated Press
The Dalles Chronicle, December 2, 2016

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., is shown on a ranch in his Second Congressional District, which encompasses 20 counties. PORTLAND -- Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Walden of Oregon has been elected to serve as chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee in Washington, D.C.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the appointment will give Walden oversight of federal departments in charge of consumer protections, food and drug safety, public health, environmental quality and energy policy, among others.

The post also means Walden will be a key player in the debate over the fate of the Affordable Care Act, which President-elect Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans have said will be repealed and replaced with another health care plan.

Walden said in a Thursday statement that he'll "focus on what's best for consumers, on creating better paying jobs and providing patient-centered health care" in his new role.

He represents Oregon's Second Congressional District, one of the largest in the nation, that encompasses Wasco and 19 other counties.

Walden has served in federal office since 1998, the only Republican member of Oregon’s congressional delegation. He spent much of his childhood in The Dalles and now resides in Hood RIver.


Associated Press
Walden Chosen to Chair Energy and Commerce
The Dalles Chronicle, December 2, 2016

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