‘Fearless’ and ‘witty’ Dem makes waves on Natural Resources

By Heather Richards, Garrett Downs | 06/21/2024 06:44 AM EDT

Rep. Sydney Kamlager-Dove has been subbing as the top Democrat on the House committee, underscoring her rising prominence.

Representative Sydney Kamlager-Dove gesturing while speaking into a microphone at a dais.

Rep. Sydney Kamlager-Dove (D-Calif.) during a hearing on Capitol Hill last year on permitting and energy infrastructure. Francis Chung/POLITICO

Rep. Sydney Kamlager-Dove, a freshman Democrat from California, has battled Republicans over gas stoves, mining on asteroids, and whether U.S. oil and gas companies are facing a crisis under President Joe Biden. And she’s making an impression on both sides of the aisle.

As vice ranking member of the House Natural Resources Committee, she’s risen to greater prominence in recent months, several times acting as substitute lead for Democrats on the dais while ranking member Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) recovers from cancer treatment.

From that perch, and her slot on the Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee, she has burnished her reputation as a progressive to watch on energy and climate with sharp back-and-forths with Republicans.


“She’s fearless. She’s witty. She is comfortable and poised,” said Rep. Jared Huffman, another progressive Democrat from California and ranking member of the Water, Wildlife and Fisheries subcommittee.