Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (WI-05) offered the following statement on the State Department appointment of Jim DeHart as the U.S. Coordinator for the Arctic Region.

“I am pleased to see the State Department appoint a U.S. Coordinator for the Arctic Region. I have pushed for a representative to be established within the department for some time. The purpose of this role is essential in coordinating the Department’s policy-making and diplomatic engagement on Arctic-related issues to advance U.S. interests in the region. We must focus on safety and security, sustainable economic growth, and cooperation among Arctic States to support and strengthen the rules-based order in the region. As China and Russia are aggressively moving into the Arctic region, I applaud Secretary Pompeo for making this vital appointment.”