NWF ACTION FUND 2012 ELECTION ENDORSEMENTS
- Rep. Edward Markey (D-MA)
- Rep. Martin Heinrich (D-NM)
- Gov. Angus King (I-ME)
- Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT)
- Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL)
- Gov. Tim Kaine (D-VA)
- Sen. Bob Casey Jr. (D-PA)
- Matt Cartwright (D-PA,
- Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick (R-PA, CD08)
- Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA, CD24)
- Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-CA, CD09)
- Tammy Duckworth (D-IL, CD08)
- Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ, CD02)
- Rep. Chris Smith (R-CT, CD04)
- Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA, CD08)
- Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM, CD01)
- Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM, CD03)
- Rep. Tim Bishop (D-NY, CD01)
- Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY, CD25)
U.S. Senate Endorsements
Rep. Martin Heinrich (D-NM)
has been a strong voice for conservation in the U.S. Congress and is now
seeking to replace long-time New Mexico Senator Jeff Bingaman, retiring this
year. Heinrich faces opposition from Rep.
Heather Wilson, who notably failed to hold Big
Oil accountable for polluting New Mexico’s waters.
As a board member of the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, Heinrich
brought ranchers, Native American Leaders, and environmentalists together to
win federal protection for the Ojito Wilderness. He also served New Mexico as
the Natural Resources Trustee where he worked to restore contaminated public
lands using funds seized from environmental polluters.
During his time in Congress, Heinrich has been a leading
pro-conservation voice - circulating letters to his colleagues aimed at helping
the Environmental Protection Agency enact strong mercury emissions rules to
help protect wildlife and public health.
Beyond that, he has been a champion for the emerging clean energy
economy, an advocate fighting to end climate change, and a sponsor of new
wilderness areas for New Mexico’s outstanding public lands heritage.
the Press Release: NWF Action Fund Endorses Martin Heinrich for U.S. Senate
Gov. Angus King (I-ME)
served two terms as Governor of Maine from 1995 to 2003 and was well-regarded
for his bipartisan leadership.
King has always had well-respected views on conservation, particularly on
sustainable and renewable energy issues. King co-founded Independence Wind,
a wind power utility company that he recently stepped down from to run for
his tenure as Governor of Maine, King implemented significant reforms in land
conservation and environmental protection. He led the greatest period of land
conservation in the state’s history, protecting over 1.6 million acres from
development and ensuring public access; formed the Outdoor Heritage Fund, which
currently provides $700,000 year in grants to critical recreation and wildlife
projects; and led a multi-faceted effort involving the other New England states
and the eastern Canadian provinces to reduce mercury release levels.
the Press Release: NWF Action Fund PAC Endorses Angus King for U.S. House
Sen. Jon Tester
(D-MT) will be running for re-election
to the U.S. Senate against Rep. Denny Rehberg.
Tester is an organic farmer from the small town of Big Sandy
in northeastern Montana. He previously served as President of the Montana
Senate, where he helped spearhead the state's first Renewable Energy Standard
(RES) that assured 15% renewable energy by 2015.
Tester has been a solid conservation voter,
as evidenced by his dependable League of Conservation Voters' National
Environmental scorecard rating (87% lifetime as of 2012), standing in stark
contrast to Rehberg's (6%) single digit lifetime rating.
Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) is running for his third term in the U.S. Senate against
Rep. Connie Mack.
Senator Nelson has a
strong record of supporting clean air and clean water, and holding corporate
polluters accountable and earned a stellar 100% score on LCV's
2011 National Environmental Scorecard.
Recognizing the Gulf
of Mexico's importance to Florida's economy, Nelson has fought hard to prevent
further expansion of offshore drilling in the Gulf and was a leader on the
RESTORE Act, an effort he shepherded into law to ensure that penalties from the catastrophic BP Gulf oil spill
go directly to citizens affected by the spill and towards restoring the Gulf
In sharp contrast,
Senator Nelson's opponent in the general election, Rep. Connie Mack, earned a
dismal 6% on the 2011 National Environmental Scorecard. He has voted
repeatedly to gut the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts and to protect
taxpayer-funded subsidies for Big Oil.
Gov. Tim Kaine (D-VA) is running for the open Senate seat in Virginia being
vacated by Senator Jim Webb against former U.S. Senator George Allen.
Throughout his career,
Governor Kaine has shown solid leadership on statewide conservation
initiatives. As Governor, he worked to conserve over 400,000 acres of land from
property development, and also invested more than $1 billion into the cleanup
of the Chesapeake Bay and Virginia's rivers while helping to shape a
comprehensive energy plan that would reduce state growth in energy use by 40%.
George Allen, the
first member added to LCV's dubious "Dirty Dozen" list for the 2012 cycle had a
notoriously bad record on conservation voting in his one-term stint in the
Bob Casey Jr.
(D-PA) is running for a second term in the U.S. Senate against former
coal-mining magnate Tom Smith (R-PA).
being elected to the U.S. Senate in 2006, Sen. Casey, a member of the Congressional
Sportsman's Caucus, has earned a top-notch 96% lifetime score on LCV's National
Environmental Scorecard. He has supported increased federal investments in
clean energy to help end our country's dangerous dependence on oil, and
he recently voted to uphold safeguards protecting families from mercury pollution
emitted from coal-fired power plants. Sen. Casey also opposes taxpayer-funded
giveaways to Big Oil and favors investments in the clean energy sector to
create an emergent green workforce. Additionally, Sen. Casey has voted numerous
times to defend the Clean Air Act from attacks and has been a lead sponsor on
the FRAC Act to remove exemptions for gas drilling companies from basic public
opponent has publically regarded climate change science as a "hoax" while
drawing significant financial support from dirty energy producers and blasting
Sen. Casey’s stalwart support of our nation's bedrock environmental laws.
U.S. House of Representatives Endorsements
Matt Cartwright (D-PA,
CD 17) is a Scranton attorney who has been willing to take on big polluters and
hold them accountable.
Cartwright believes that the controversial practice of
hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," used in drilling for natural gas
should not be exempt from the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, or Safe
Water Act. He was outspoken on this issue in the campaign for the
nomination. His opponent Rep. Tim Holden
(D-PA) had voted for the 2005 Cheney Energy Bill which contained the
so-called "Halliburton Loophole" that allowed fracking operations to be
exempt from our
bedrock environmental laws including the Safe Drinking Water Act.
Cartwright promises to be a champion for wildlife in
Congress by preserving clean air and clean water, and protecting public lands.
the Press Release: NWF Action Fund Endorses Matt Cartwright for U.S. House
Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick (R-PA, CD08) has shown willingness to break ranks at
times with his party's leadership to stand up for conservation values in the
tradition of Teddy Roosevelt.
NWF Action Fund has
especially appreciated Congressman Fitzpatrick's efforts to protect wilderness
and public lands in Pennsylvania and across the country including the Arctic
National Wildlife Refuge, his support of renewable energy and his votes to
advance clean water protections. In
addition, his leadership defending the Endangered Species Act and protecting
and restoring the Susquehanna River Basin has been truly exemplary.
represents Bucks County in suburban Philadelphia and also served in this seat
once before from 2004-06, before again winning in 2010.
Read the Press Release: NWF Action Fund Endoreses Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick for Re-Election
Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA, CD24), a seven-term Congresswoman, has been endorsed by
NWF Action Fund in her re-election bid in California's 24th District against
former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado (R).
has been a consistent and potent voice in Congress for conservation of our air,
waters and public lands. Capps chairs the Sustainable Energy and Environmental
Caucus (SEEC) in the House and serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Capps also holds a lifetime
95 percent rating on LCV's Environmental scorecard and continues to work hard
for a clean energy future for our country.
Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-CA, CD09) is looking to win re-election to serve his third
term in Congress representing California's Central Valley (Stockton, San
Joaquin River Delta) and has been endorsed by the NWF Action Fund in each of
his prior campaigns.
Because of his leadership
and environmental voting record (McNerney received a score of 94% [91%
lifetime] in the latest LCV 2011 National
Environmental Scorecard), work to advance renewable energy, and
recommendations from conservationists and hunters, anglers and outdoor enthusiasts
in California, endorsing Congressman McNerney was once again an easy decision
in this cycle.
Tammy Duckworth (D-IL, CD08) has been endorsed in her election bid against
freshman Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) in Chicago's Northwest suburbs (Schaumberg, Elgin).
As a combat war
veteran NWF Action Fund believes that Duckworth is uniquely positioned to be an
advocate for more sensible energy policies that will reduce our dependence on
oil and our dependence on Middle Eastern sources, and that her leadership
skills can be invaluable as the U.S. seeks to enhance both energy and climate
Her opponent, Rep.
Walsh has garnered an abysmal conservation voting record in his first term in
Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ, CD02) has been endorsed for his 2012 re-election bid to
the U.S. House of Representatives.
Rep. LoBiondo, who has
one of the best conservation voting records among House Republicans, has been a
leader on issues ranging from the Delaware River Basin Conservation Act to
funding for the New Jersey Highlands.
voted to protect the Delaware River, promote offshore wind and renewable
energy, fight for cleaner water and beaches and to protect and conserve
wildlife and public lands including the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. As a
member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee he has often
stood up for the protection and restoration of America's Great Waters.
Read the Press Release: NWF Action Fund Endorses Rep. Frank LoBiondo for Re-Election
Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ, CD04) is aiming to win re-election to his central New
Jersey seat has been endorsed by NWF Action Fund.
Rep. Smith has the
best conservation voting record in the House of Representatives on the
Republican side of the aisle according to the LCV Scorecard (60% in 2011/72%
Smith has also recognized the threat of climate change and need to address it, making
him a leader on advancing solutions that promote cleaner energy sources, jobs
and a safer, more sustainable future for our children.
Rep. Smith has voted to safeguard New Jersey’s clean water
resources and beaches, to protect public lands and wildlife habitat and to
advance reforms in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, as well as to
protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from drilling.
Read the Press Release: NWF Action Fund Endorses Rep. Chris Smith for Re-Election
Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA, CD08) may have seen his district move from suburban Seattle
over across the Cascade Mountains, but he remains as conservation-minded as
ever. He is looking for a fourth term in
Congress with his re-election bid to the U.S. House of Representatives.
Rep. Reichert has been
a leader with his efforts to protect wilderness and public lands in Washington
State and across the country including the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as
well as his outstanding efforts to
advance renewable energy, Land and Water Conservation funding and clean water
Read the Press Release: NWF Action Fund Endorses Rep. Dave Reichert for Re-Election
Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM, CD01) is looking to win her first election to the seat
being vacated by Rep. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and aiming to carry on his legacy
of standing up for sportsmen and women, wildlife habitat and a renewable energy
She is a 12th
generation New Mexican and has a strong track record of public service under
three different Governors as well as currently serving as a Bernalillo County
Commissioner. Though the focus of her career has been primarily in health and
human services, Ms. Grisham has shared her strong conservation values
throughout her first Congressional campaign which make her a perfect choice for
this Albuquerque-based seat. She is also a fly fisher and supports the
continued protection and access to our public lands.
Read the Press Release: NWF Action Fund Endorses Lujan Grisham for Congress
Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM, CD03) has been a potent voice for conservation and
wildlife among his colleagues who serve on the House Natural Resources
Committee, and because of this has been endorsed by the NWF Action Fund.
Rep. Lujan, aiming for
his third term in Congress to represent Santa Fe and northern New Mexico, has
worked hard to protect cherished landscapes and ensure public access to public
lands. His efforts to establish the
Grande del Norte National Conservation Area have been particularly commendable
and lauded by sportsmen and women across the state.
Rep. Tim Bishop (D-NY, CD01) - the Ranking Member of the House Water
Resources Subcommittee – has stood up time and time again in defense of the
Clean Water Act. He has been endorsed for re-election to the U.S. House of
Representatives over his opponent, Randy Altschuler
Bishop, over the course of five terms in Congress, has fought to
protect and restore the Long Island Sound, which also serving as a steadfast
voice for cleaner air and cleaner, renewable energy resources. He holds a 99%
lifetime conservation voting record according to the League of Conservation
Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY, CD25) is one of the go-to environmental voices and
champs in Congress. Representing west central (greater Rochester area) New York
for many years, Rep. Slaughter now serves as the ranking member of the Rules
Committee, where she works to ensure conservation issues are well-positioned
and fairly considered by the House of Representatives.
Rep. Slaughter has shown
strong leadership in fighting to protect and restore the Great Lakes and to
keep them safe from invasive species. She holds a 93% lifetime conservation voting