Joyce elected co-chair of House task force supporting Great Lakes region

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives last week elected U.S. Rep. Dave Joyce (R-OH) as co-chair of the bipartisan House Great Lakes Task Force.

Rep. Joyce joins his colleagues U.S. Reps. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Bill Huizenga (R-MI), and Debbie Dingell (D-MI) as co-chairs of the working group, which since its founding in the 1980’s has worked to build support for key regional programs that improve the environmental quality and economic development in the eight-state Great Lakes region.

“I look forward to working with my colleagues on the task force, especially Reps. Kaptur, Huizenga, and Dingell, to continue protecting the national treasure that is the Great Lakes system and preserve it for both current and future generations,” Rep. Joyce said.

As a lifelong resident of northeast Ohio, Rep. Joyce added that the Great Lakes “are an invaluable natural resource and economic powerhouse,” which support more than 1.5 million jobs that generate $62 billion in wages every year.

His colleagues welcomed Rep. Joyce to his new position with the task force.

Rep. Huizenga, for instance, said he couldn’t think of a better person to be named as co-chair of the group.

“Rep. Joyce and I have worked together on a host of issues to protect, preserve and strengthen the Great Lakes,” said Rep. Huizenga. “Dave is someone who can reach across the aisle and achieve meaningful results for the Great Lakes region, and I look forward to working with him even more in this new role.”

Generally, Rep. Joyce is known as “the Great Lakes Guy” to his colleagues in Congress, according to the congressman’s staff, which noted that Joyce serves as ranking member of the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, where he continues to lead efforts for ensuring that the Great Lakes receives ample federal funding.