January 05, 2015

Manchin Named New Co-Chair of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today announced that he will be the new Co-Chair of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, along with Senator James Risch (R-ID). Nearly 300 members of the House and Senate, representing almost all 50 states, support the bipartisan, bicameral caucus aimed to champion the sportsmen’s agenda, protect the rights of hunters, fishers and outdoorsmen, and conserve public lands for recreational purposes.

“As an avid sportsman, I know firsthand that our hunting and fishing heritage is so important to who we are as West Virginians and as Americans,” Senator Manchin said. “It is truly a privilege to co-chair the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus in the 114th Congress. As Co-Chair, one of my top priorities will be to make sure that the people in the Mountain State and across this nation will continue to enjoy hunting and fishing, recreational shooting and have the ability to appreciate all that the outdoors has to offer. It is also just as important to uphold our strong culture of dutifully and responsibly training our young and new sportsmen and women, because the safety of the sport is of the utmost importance to learn from the start. As the new Congress begins, I look forward to working with Senator Risch and my colleagues to fight on behalf of sportsmen’s interests and advance their important agenda.”

“It’s an honor to serve with Senator Manchin as Co-Chair of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus,” Senator Risch said. “Joe and I share the strong values associated with hunting and fishing and I look forward to working with him on behalf of America’s sportsmen and women.”

“We are looking forward to working with the new and returning leadership in the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus. The nearly 300 members of the Caucus within the 114th Congress, who are at the forefront of protecting and advancing the hunting, angling, recreational shooting, and trapping heritage in the United States, are crucial for the future of wildlife conservation and enjoyment of the outdoors for future generations. We successfully worked with Senator Manchin as the founding Co-Chair of the Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus, and we look forward to working with him in his new capacity in the U.S. Senate,” said Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation President Jeff Crane.