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LCV Endorses Congressman Harry Mitchell

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Joshua McNeil, (202) 785-8683 or joshua_mcneil@lcv.org October 28, 2008  

WASHINGTON, DC – Today the League of Conservation Voters endorsed U.S. Rep. Harry E. Mitchell for re-election to Arizona's fifth Congressional district.

"Congressman Mitchell has done a remarkable job in his first term, working across the aisle to pass meaningful legislation that promotes clean energy, energy efficiency and holds oil companies responsible," said LCV President Gene Karpinksi.  "His hard work will help create thousands of new jobs in Arizona, cleaner air and safer water for Arizona families."

"I am honored by this endorsement and look forward working with LCV to promote clean, renewable energy in Arizona and around the country," Mitchell said. "Together, we can reduce our reliance on foreign oil and make long-term investments in our country by promoting clean, safe, and renewable energy."

"Harry Mitchell has stood up for Arizona's environment during his time as mayor and at the state capitol," said Jessica Catlin, President of the Board of the Arizona League of Conservation Voters. "We knew he would take that commitment to Washington and he has delivered. We are thrilled to send him back."

Mitchell earned a 91% score from LCV* during his first congress, making him one of the strongest supporters of clean energy in Washington. As a new member of Congress, Mitchell supported numerous environmental initiatives, such as voting to increase vehicle efficiency standards, require utilities to produce 15% of their electricity from renewable sources and repeal billions in tax breaks to Big Oil companies. Additionally, Mitchell made solar energy a priority, and has worked to expand Arizona's economy through the use of solar tax credits. Solar tax credits will be used to help build the Solana Generating Station, which will be the largest solar field in the United States. Solana will potentially create hundreds of new clean energy jobs in Arizona, while also supplying power to more than 70,000 homes.

"Congressman Mitchell’s concern for Arizonans and passion for practical reform makes him an ideal representative," said Karpinksi.  "We could use more leaders like Harry Mitchell in the halls of Congress."


* 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 record.  For more information, visit www.lcv.org/scorecard

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