The Candidates

U.S. Senate Endorsements


Rep. Martin Heinrich WIN!

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. 

Read the Press Release: NWF Action Fund Endorses Martin Heinrich for U.S. Senate

Gov. Angus KingWIN!

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 Congress.

During 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.

Read the Press Release: NWF Action Fund PAC Endorses Angus King for U.S. House

Sen. Jon Tester


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.

Bill NelsonWIN!

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 Coast.

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.

Tim KaineWIN!

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 Senate.


Senator 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). 

Since 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 health protections. 

His 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 Drinking Water Act. He was outspoken on this issue in the campaign for the Democratic 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.

Read the Press Release: NWF Action Fund Endorses Matt Cartwright for U.S. House

Michael FitzpatrickWIN!

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.

Rep. Fitzpatrick 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

Lois CappsWIN!

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).

Congresswoman Capps 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.

Jerry McNerneyWIN!

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 DuckworthWIN!

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 security.

Her opponent, Rep. Walsh has garnered an abysmal conservation voting record in his first term in Congress.

Frank LoBiondoWIN!

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. 

LoBiondo's has 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% lifetime).  Rep. 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

Dave ReichertWIN!

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 protections.

Read the Press Release: NWF Action Fund Endorses Rep. Dave Reichert for Re-Election

Michelle Lujan GrishamWIN!

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 future.

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

Ben Ray LujanWIN!

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.

Tim BishopWIN!

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 Voters.

Louise SlaughterWIN!

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 record.