Chris Murphy has long been an environmental and clean energy champion, receiving a lifetime score of 98% on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard since his election to the U.S. House in 2006. During his tenure there, he has served as co-chair of the Congressional Land Conservation Caucus and has been a leader in working across the aisle to promote commonsense land preservation ideas. For example, he helped lead the fight to make it easier for private landowners and farmers to donate and preserve their lands for future generations.
Murphy is also a strong advocate for increased renewable energy, sponsoring legislation that would help accelerate the deployment of clean, homegrown energy. As a then-member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, he also helped craft and pass comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation, the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009.
It was environmental advocacy that first got Murphy involved in politics. As a 24-year-old member of his local Planning and Zoning Commission, he got involved in a movement to oppose the placement of a new power plant on fragile community wetlands.
Murphy joins the U.S. Senate after defeating professional wrestling executive Linda McMahon, who earned a spot on LCV’s Dirty Dozen campaign this election cycle. Murphy takes the seat held by retiring Senator Joe Lieberman, who received a lifetime score of 87% on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard through 2011.
In his own words:
"Put simply, strategies intended to end our dependence on oil represent the “holy grail” of federal policy. Investing in domestic, renewable energy will clean up our environment, reduce energy prices, stimulate a new “green” economy in the U.S., and allow our foreign policy to be dictated by our national security needs rather than our national energy needs."
Source: Chris Murphy Campaign Website