Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives, Gift of David K. Hansen
In 1946, the Legislative Reorganization Act consolidated the jurisdiction of six different committees into the Committee on Public Lands. In 1951, its name changed to the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs. The committee took responsibility for issues involving public lands, Native Americans, mining, territories and more. Staff and Members with diverse interests and experience were needed to keep up with so many different areas of expertise. They got together for this 1961 photograph in the committee’s Longworth Building hearing room.