U.S.-Japan Caucus Announces New Co-Chair, Congressman Dave Reichert

Mar 23, 2016
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S.-Japan Caucus announced that Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-08) will replace Congressman Charles W. Boustany, Jr., MD (LA-03) as Co-Chair of the Caucus with Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20). Rep. Reichert serves as Chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade, and is also a member of the Subcommittee on Tax Policy and the Subcommittee on Human Resources. 

“I am grateful for Congressman Boustany’s leadership on the U.S.-Japan Caucus and am thrilled to welcome Congressman Reichert as our new co-chair,” said Rep. Castro. “Congressman Reichert cares deeply not only about strengthening the U.S.-Japan bilateral relationship, but also about enhancing the entire region’s security and economic prosperity. Rep. Reichert’s trade expertise and perspective as a representative from a Pacific state will bring new energy to the caucus leadership, and I look forward to working with him.”  

“I appreciate the important work Congressman Boustany has done while serving as co-chair and I am looking forward to working with Congressman Castro to build upon the caucus’s many accomplishments in my new role,” said Rep. Reichert. “As one of our leading trading partners and an important economic force in the Asia-Pacific region, maintaining and strengthening our relationship with Japan is critical to not only securing a strong economic future for our country, but also to our nation’s and the region’s security.”

“It has been a tremendous honor to serve as co-chairman of the U.S.-Japan Caucus alongside Congressman Castro to strengthen ties with a critical friend and ally in the Asia-Pacific region,” said Rep. Boustany. “Congressman Reichert is an excellent choice to take up the mantle of building a better U.S.-Japan relationship. I look forward to continuing to support the efforts of the U.S.-Japan Caucus with the leadership of Congressmen Castro and Reichert.”

The U.S.-Japan Caucus is a bipartisan congressional organization with more than 70 members who are dedicated to strengthening U.S.-Japan relations. The caucus aims to facilitate bilateral collaboration on issues of common interest between our two countries, including trade, foreign direct investment, regional stability, military cooperation, energy, technological development, and the environment. The Caucus collaborates with other entities and stakeholders that share this same objective. Learn more about the Caucus at https://usjapancaucus-castro.house.gov/.