Having witnessed the devastating impacts of Hurricane Sandy, Kathleen Rice understands firsthand the risks posed by climate change.
In her three terms as District Attorney for Long Island’s Nassau County, Rice has built a reputation as a reformer and has made it a priority to enforce state environmental laws and protect the county’s diverse ecosystem. In her first year in office, she created the office’s first-ever Environmental Crimes Unit, to investigate and aggressively prosecute violations of New York’s Environmental Conservation Law.
Rice will bring that same focus on environmental progress to Congress. Rice is committed to taking action to reduce carbon pollution, investing in communities’ ability to plan for extreme weather impacts, and developing sources of clean energy. She has also pledged to restore protections in the Clean Water Act that are essential to protecting ecosystems and drinking water sources.
Rice fills the seat held by retiring Representative Carolyn McCarthy, who has a lifetime score of 85% on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard through 2013.
In her own words:
“I recognize that climate change is not only a threat to the environment, but also to our security and our local and national economies. I will also work with leaders and lawmakers at the federal, state, and local levels to create jobs by investing in renewable energy, clean technology, and to encourage smart, sustainable resilient growth and economic development.”
Source: LCV’s 2013-2014 Congressional Questionnaire