After being elected to Congress in 2006, Congressman Tim Walz (MN-01) joined the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) in the 111th Congress and has been an active member ever since. A lifelong hunter, fisherman, and outdoorsman, Congressman Walz has championed the priorities of sportsmen and women across the nation. Having served as Vice-Chair of the CSC in the 113th Congress, Congressman Walz had the distinct honor and responsibility of serving as Co-Chair of the CSC in the 114th.
Congressman Walz developed a love for the outdoors at an early age. When he was a child, his father introduced him to the wonders of the great outdoors in his home state of Nebraska. Completing his first rifle marksmanship class when he was just a Cub Scout, Congressman Walz was a natural and frequently took his first gun, a .22 caliber rifle, to the shooting range with his dad. Together, they enjoyed hunting on their farm and fishing on nearby lakes for just about anything they could hook. Congressman Walz continues to find joy in hunting today, his games of choice being pheasant and quail.
Representing a rural district of unmatched natural beauty, Congressman Walz understands firsthand that it is Congress’ responsibility to create effective and practical policies aimed at protecting the United States’ prized wildlife and hunting habitats for future outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy. Of note, Congressman Walz was chosen to serve on the 2014 Farm Bill Conference Committee where he fought successfully to include provisions in the Farm Bill that protect land, water, and wildlife for future generations and, for the first time in American history, tie crop insurance premiums to conservation compliance. A firm believer that sportsmen and women are some of our nation’s most effective conservationists, Congressman Walz also co-authored the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act in the 114th Congress, which would increase access to the outdoors, preserve America’s hunting and fishing heritage, and fund common sense conservation practices.
Like many Southern Minnesotans, Congressman Walz, a parent of two, is determined to ensure that stewardship of our land and waterways is a pillar of our American legacy. He continues to work tirelessly in Congress to ensure Americans across the country are afforded the same easy access to hunting land and fishable waterbodies that he experienced as a young man.
“As a life-long hunter and outdoorsman, I am honored and excited to help lead this important caucus,” said Congressman Walz. “I look forward to working with my fellow sportsmen and women in Congress to protect our natural state treasures and promote our strong hunting and fishing heritage.”
Congressman Walz (center) watches for a pheasant to flush during the MN Governor's 2014 Pheasant Hunting Opener just northeast of Worthington, MN
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