Prior to his election to the U.S. Senate, Cory Booker served as mayor of Newark, where he demonstrated leadership on environmental issues by creating the city’s first Office of Sustainability, by expanding city green spaces and urban farms, by implementing a home weatherization program, and by organizing efforts to clean up the Passaic River.
Booker has been a staunch environmental advocate during his first year in the Senate. He has voted in favor of clean energy tax credits and energy efficiency legislation and introduced legislation that would require polluters to pay for the cleanup of contaminated Superfund sites. Booker sits on the Environment and Public Works Committee and is a member of the Senate Climate Action Taskforce. He is committed to addressing climate change, protecting the Clean Water and Clean Air Acts, and building a clean energy economy.
Booker was first elected to the U.S. Senate in a special election in 2013, following the death of Senator Frank Lautenberg, who has a lifetime score of 93% on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard. In 2014, Booker was elected to his first full term.
In his own words:
“As your Senator, I will work tirelessly to ensure that the United States is a world leader in the green economy, that we address global warming before it is too late, and that we protect against threats to environmental health and our most cherished environmental assets here in New Jersey. “