Washington, DC - The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Action Fund, which works to elect candidates who will implement sound environmental policies, today announced its endorsement of Gerald Connolly (VA-11) for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives. Rep. Connolly received a perfect 100% score on LCV’s 2009 National Environmental Scorecard, his first rating as a member of Congress.*
“Congressman Connolly has been an outstanding leader during his first term in ensuring that America leads the 21st century’s clean energy economy,” said LCV President Gene Karpinski. “We are proud to endorse Congressman Connolly for re-election because he understands that the policies needed to build a clean energy economy that puts Virginians back to work will at the same time reduce our dependence on foreign oil and curb harmful global warming pollution.”
Rep. Connolly’s support was crucial to the House passage of the American Clean Energy and Security Act. Rep. Connolly also supported the single largest investment in clean energy in history: more than $80 billion for energy efficiency, renewable energy and public transit in the economic recovery package, with substantial investments going to job-creating clean energy and energy efficiency projects in Virginia’s 11th district.
"I am proud of my record of protecting Northern Virginia's environment and supporting meaningful investments in renewable and sustainable energy sources that will create jobs,” said Congressman Connolly. “We must become energy independent and can no longer afford to spend billions of dollars on foreign oil. I look forward to continuing my efforts to preserve our region's natural resources and move toward a clean energy economy."
Rep. Connolly has quickly worked to become a leader on environmental issues: he recently completed a term as President of the freshman class in the House and now serves as vice chairman of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Caucus. Rep. Connolly has supported a broad base of energy and environmental legislation, which includes his co-sponsorship of the Chesapeake Ecosystem Restoration Act (HR 3852) to restore the health of America’s largest estuary, and the National Transportation Objectives Act to link greenhouse gas emissions reductions to federal transportation spending and reduce motor vehicle miles traveled while increasing public transit, bicycle and pedestrian investments.***
"Building on his extensive record of community leadership in Fairfax County, Congressman Connolly knows Virginia's needs and has aggressively sought legislation to address them,” said Lisa Guthrie, Executive Director of the Virginia League of Conservation Voters. “He has introduced bills that strengthen Bay restoration, promote investment in Metrorail, and protect our shores from the damages of offshore drilling. We need Gerry Connolly in Washington!"
Rep. Connolly is featured on LCVAF’s GiveGreen website, http://lcv.org/givegreen, the only bundling website devoted exclusively to raising money for environmental champions and candidates. For a complete list of LCV Action Fund’s 2010 congressional endorsements visit http://www.lcv.org/2010
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*The non-partisan LCV 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
** Center for American Progress & Political Economy Research Institute, http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2009/06/clean_energy_map.html
*** Gerald Connolly’s 2010 Candidate Questionnaire