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LCV Action Fund Endorses Pete Gallego for Election in Texas’s 23rd District

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Contact: Mike Palamuso, (202) 454-4598 or mike_palamuso@lcv.org

16 Apr 2012  |  Lea Brumfield

WASHINGTON, DC – Today the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Action Fund, which works to elect candidates who will implement sound environmental policies, announced its endorsement of Pete Gallego for election to the U.S. House of Representatives representing Texas’s 23rd district. Gallego has served as a Texas state representative since 1991.

“As a state legislator, Pete Gallego worked to build broad coalitions for common sense initiatives like protecting state parks and reducing emissions from oil pipelines,” said LCV Action Fund President Gene Karpinski. “LCV Action Fund is proud to endorse Pete Gallego for Congress because he stands up for the environmental values that will protect the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the open spaces we cherish for generations to come.”

Gallego’s strong voting record on the environment and public health has earned him an excellent score of 93% on LCV state league partner Texas League of Conservation Voters’ (TLCV) 2011 Legislative Scorecard, and 100% on the 2007 and 2009 scorecards. 

"Pete Gallego has been a widely respected leader in the Texas House for clean air and clean water for Texas families, and for growing clean energy jobs in Texas,” said David Weinberg, Executive Director of the Texas League of Conservation Voters. “We are thrilled that LCV is endorsing him for Texas's 23rd Congressional District."

"I believe that investing in clean energy technology will help us protect the environment and create the good-paying jobs of the future,” said Pete Gallego. “That's what the people and communities of Southwest Texas need. I have been committed to a robust, environmentally-friendly economy in the Texas legislature, and I'll continue to work on these critically important issues as a Member of Congress." 

Gallego is challenging Rep. Fransisco Canseco (R-TX) for Texas’s 23rd district, and will be facing former Rep. Ciro Rodriguez in the primary election.  Canseco has earned a dismal 3% score on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard* in 2011, his first year in Congress, during which he voted consistently against the environment. During his tenure in the U.S. House, Rodriguez voted against key initiatives that would have protected our air and water while creating millions of clean energy jobs in America.

Pete Gallego is featured on LCV Action Fund’s GiveGreen website, http://www.givegreen.com/, the only bundling website devoted exclusively to raising money for environmental champions and candidates.

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Paid for by the League of Conservation Voters Action Fund, http://lcvactionfund.org , and authorized by Friends of Pete Gallego.

*The non-partisan LCV National Environmental Scorecard is a nationally accepted yardstick used to rate Members of Congress on conservation and clean energy issues. Based on key conservation votes in the House and Senate, it is often used by the media to quickly describe a Member’s position.  For more information, visit http://lcv.org/scorecard.



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