Rep. Thielen Appointed to National Environmental Committee

January 26, 2017

Hawai‘i House Speaker Joseph Souki has appointed State Representative Cynthia Thielen (Kailua-Kaneohe Bay) to serve on the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee. Appointed for a two-year term, Rep. Thielen will work with bipartisan legislators from across the nation to address State and Federal policies and programs related to energy and electric utilities; transportation infrastructure and safety; agriculture and rural development; and environmental and natural resources.

“I’m deeply honored to receive this appointment, and am looking forward to providing our State a national voice in environmental and energy policies,” said Rep. Thielen, adding that she is eager to work with legislators across the U.S. to find innovative solutions to policies that challenge our natural resources.

The NCSL Standing Committees are composed of legislators and legislative staff who are appointed by the leadership of their state legislatures. The committees are the main organizational mechanism for NCSL. There are seven committees that address both state and state-federal issues. These committees serve as an educational tool for Congress and federal agencies to learn about state concerns related to federal public policy.

Representative Thielen is a former environmental attorney, and currently serves on the House of Representatives Committees on Agriculture; Judiciary; Public Safety; and Ocean, Marine Resources and Hawaiian Affairs Committees.