U.S. Senator Kay Hagan has been named Co-Chair of the bipartisan Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus, which includes more than 300 members of Congress from all 50 states. Senator John Thune, Republican of South Dakota, will serve as the Caucus' other Co-Chair. Hagan has served as Vice-Chair of the Sportsmen's Caucus since January 2011.
"North Carolina is among the best places to hunt and fish in the country, and I'm honored to continue working to protect our rich outdoor heritage as Co-Chair of the bipartisan Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus," said Hagan. "I grew up in a family of lifelong hunters, and some of my favorite activities are hiking and fishing with my family across our state. I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides the aisle to advance policies important to sportsmen and women "
Jeff Crane, President of the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation stated, "I want to thank Senator Hagan for continuing her leadership in the bipartisan CongressionalSportsmen's Caucus (CSC). As this Congresses' new Democratic CSC Co-Chair, we look forward to working with Senator Hagan and other CSC leadership in advancing pro-sportsmen's policies."
Established in 1989, the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus works to protect the interests of America's hunters, anglers and trappers.
Approximately 1.4 million sportsmen call North Carolina home. Hunting, fishing and wildlife viewing are also economic drivers in the state. The Outdoor Industry Association found that outdoor recreation contributes more than $7.5 billion annually to North Carolina's economy, supports 95,000 jobs across in the state, generates $430 million in annual state tax revenue, and produces $6.1 billion annually in retail sales and services across North Carolina.