Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik will co-chair the Northern Border Caucus for the 116th Congress along with Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26.) The Caucus includes a bipartisan group of House Members who will spearhead the effort to address policies central to the United States-Canada partnership.

“Canada continues to be our strongest economic ally, and we must actively work to maintain our partnership with them so that it is productive and beneficial for both countries,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “My district borders Canada, and I’m excited to take on the responsibility of co-chairing this important Caucus, which is a hallmark of the institution of the House of Representatives.

"The Northern Border Caucus was formed in 1994 at the request of the Canadian/American Border Trade Alliance by Congressman John LaFalce,” said Jim Phillips, President of the Canadian/American Border Trade Alliance. “It is led by a Republican and Democrat Co-chair. We are very excited that Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is the new Republican Co-chair. She is a visionary, energetic leader who is extremely knowledgeable about the U.S./Canada Border and represents our border related interests extremely well."

"The Northern Border Caucus is the key alliance within Congress for our shared border with Canada, and representatives from the North Country have long been leaders including John McHugh and Bill Owens," said Garry Douglas, President of the North Country Chamber of Commerce. "Congresswoman Stefanik has quickly become an active and trusted champion for our northern border and for our immensely important economic partnership with Canada. Being selected as Co-Chair recognizes her commitment and knowledge, and once again places this region in a top position in all matters related to the U.S.-Canada relationship. This will bring valuable leadership to the big picture across the continent but also to our North Country priorities from border infrastructure and staffing to cross border commerce and investment. We congratulate her on this recognition and we thank her for taking on the leadership responsibilities. Onward and upward!"

The Northern Border Caucus will deal with issues and policies relating to trade, energy, transportation, immigration, the environment, and homeland security.