Raúl M. Grijalva
Congressman, 7th District of Arizona
United States House of Representatives
Raúl M. Grijalva serves as a member of Congress for Congressional District 7. He has an exceptional record of public service within his district and community. A dedicated member of the House Committee on Natural Resources, Grijalva currently serves as chairman of the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands. The Subcommittee oversees 600,000 million acres of federal land. As chairman, he has championed efforts to protect wilderness areas, protect endangered species and advance the National Parks Service Centennial Initiative and ensure oversight of the operations of national parks, forests, and public lands systems. Most recently, he worked to protect the Grand Canyon from the threat of expanded uranium mining, advance ecological restoration on federal lands, and address the need for a budget fix for wildland fire-suppression funding. Grijalva has provided environmental leadership in Congress through his participation as co-chair of the Congressional National Landscape Conservation System and as chair of the Environment Task Force from 2003 to 2006. He has demonstrated a strong commitment to improving environmental policies.
Grijalva was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. From 1974 to 1986, he served on the Tucson Unified School District Governing Board. In 1988, he was elected to the Pima County Board of Supervisors, where he served until 2002. As a Supervisor, he continued his work on employee rights and became a champion for the public health system. In addition, he advanced the creation of the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan, an innovative approach to species and habitat protection.