WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 28, 2016) – Congressman Alan Lowenthal (CA-47) today joins Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) as a co-chair of the bipartisan House Ports Opportunity, Renewal, Trade, and Security (PORTS) Caucus.
Congressman Lowenthal succeeds retiring co-chair Congresswoman Janice Hahn (CA-44), who with Congressman Poe, founded the caucus in 2011 with the mission of promoting the importance of our nation’s ports to the economy and our need to secure them.
“From the Port of Houston to the Port of Long Beach, our ports provide U.S. businesses with access to markets around the world and the opportunity to grow and create new American jobs, as well as support the 23 million people whose jobs depend on ports,” Congressman Ted Poe said. “While I will miss working with Congresswoman Hahn, a strong advocate for our nation’s ports, I look forward to working with Congressman Lowenthal in the 115th Congress to help ensure that our ports remain strong and successful.”
“America’s ports are the vital economic engines of not only the hundreds of port communities across America, but they are key components of our national economy,” Congressman Lowenthal said. “I am honored to follow Congresswoman Hahn as co-chair and look forward to working with Congressman Poe and all the Members of the caucus to find ways together to promote our ports, keep them safe, and maintain their financial success.”
Congressman Lowenthal brings over 20 years of experience in elected office working on transportation, infrastructure, and goods movement issues at the local, state, and national level to the caucus. During his tenure in the California State Legislature, he served as chair of the California State Senate Transportation Committee and as Chair of the California Select Committee on Ports for 14 years, working closely with stakeholders from all sectors of the industry to advance forward-looking transportation policy.
“I am tremendously proud of my work in helping to found and lead the PORTS Caucus with Congressman Poe for the past five years,” Congresswoman Hahn said. “We have accomplished a great deal in raising the awareness of how vital our ports industry is to the economic well-being of our nation as well as our national security. While I am sorry to leave the PORTS Caucus behind, I know that I am leaving it in good hands—Congressman Lowenthal represents the Port of Long Beach, which together with the Port of Los Angeles makes up the largest port complex in the United States. He knows the issues that matter to our ports and I am confident that the caucus’s important work will continue under the leadership of Congressman Lowenthal and Congressman Poe.”
The United States is served by more than 350 commercial sea and river ports that support 3,200 cargo and passenger handling facilities. Each day, United States ports move both imports and exports totaling some $3.8 billion worth of goods through all 50 states. Additionally, ports move 99.4 percent of overseas cargo volume by weight and generate $3.95 trillion in international trade.