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FILE - Speaker of the House Paul Ryan of Wis., second from left, greets Utah Republican John Curtis, fourth from left, joined by his wife Sue Curtis, center, and his family, Sarah Marchant, left and Emily Rosen, before a ceremonial swearing-in at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Nov. 13, 2017.

SALT LAKE CITY — The newest member of Utah's congressional delegation, Rep. John Curtis, introduced his first bill on Tuesday.

The Republican, elected earlier this month to fill the vacancy left when Rep. Jason Chaffetz stepped down before the end of his term, is sponsoring the Endangered Fish Recovery Programs Extension Act of 2017.

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Curtis said the bill will extend endangered fish recovery programs in the Upper Colorado and San Juan rivers, an area he visited last week to meet with Utah Division of Natural Resources officials.

"This important, bipartisan bill will continue to promote the recovery of these endangered fish species while ensuring access to these critical water sources for everything from irrigation to recreation," he said.

Curtis represents Utah's 3rd Congressional District, which includes portions of Salt Lake and Utah counties as well as Carbon, Emery, Grand, San Juan and Wasatch counties.