Congressman Greg Walden

Representing the 2nd District of Oregon

Growing the Economy

All too often, small business owners find government red tape standing in the way of growing their business, creating jobs, and providing affordable services in our communities. That’s why I’ve helped lead efforts to reduce harmful regulations that are unnecessary and cost us jobs.

With my support, Congress passed 15 pieces of legislation to rollback costly and burdensome rules and regulations, saving the American economy an estimated $36 billion.

After hearing from Oregonians across our district about their concerns with this Washington-mandated Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, I was proud to support its repeal. This harmful rule gave the federal government jurisdiction over everything from stock ponds and irrigation canals to puddles in your driveway, and is the kind of government overreach I’ve worked hard to correct.

I’m also continuing my work to enhance hydropower in Oregon. Under my leadership, the House passed legislation to boost hydropower production in our state by finally clarifying that hydropower is renewable energy under federal law. Hydropower accounts for 43% of the electricity generated in our state, and this bill will ensure we have greater access to this clean energy source.

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September 26, 2019 Press Release

Today, Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) announced that the Department of Transportation (DOT) will award a discretionary grant totaling $950,000  to the Grant County Regional Airport in John Day. 

The funding will help pay for the reconstruction of the airport’s apron, which is where an aircraft parks, unloads, loads, refuels, and boards. This grant is a part of the FAA’s FY2019 Airport Improvement Program (AIP) - something Walden has long supported. 

May 30, 2019 Press Release

Greg Walden calls for swift passage of bill to support rural broadband and power users

Cosponsors legislation that allows Oregon electric cooperatives to rebuild energy infrastructure after disasters and expand access broadband

May 16, 2019 Press Release

Greg Walden: We need to do more to connect rural Oregon

WASHINGTON, D.C. --  Continuing his efforts to improve broadband expansion across America, Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) said there is much more that needs to be done to connect rural Oregon.

March 14, 2019 Press Release

Greg Walden: Americans deserve answers on Green New Deal

Calls for hearings on Democrat proposal to address climate change through taxation and regulation

February 28, 2019 Press Release

Greg Walden receives national award for protection of Bonneville Power Administration, promotion of hydropower production

Scott Corwin (left), Executive Director of the Public Power Council in Oregon, presents Representative Greg Walden with American Public Power Association’s Public Service Award

February 20, 2019 Op-Eds

A path forward on climate change

By Greg Walden


In the coming months, Congress will take up the issue of climate change and how best to adapt America’s policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Let me be clear: climate change is real.

February 15, 2019 In The News

Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., and a colleague are sharply critical of the Democrats' Green New Deal but say they still want to seek bipartisan solutions to climate change.

February 14, 2019 Press Release

Greg Walden calls for bipartisan work on climate change solutions

February 14, 2019 Press Release

Walden: Republicans Have Better Solutions to Climate Change

February 8, 2019 In The News

Eastern Oregon Telecom President Joseph Franell jumped into the fray of Congress’ net neutrality debate Thursday.

Franell traveled from Hermiston to Washington, D.C., to testify in front of lawmakers from the House’s Energy and Commerce Committee by invitation of Rep. Greg Walden, the committee’s top-ranking Republican. Walden has introduced legislation that would prohibit internet service providers from practices, such as blocking or throttling traffic to lawful websites and requiring sites to pay for prioritization.