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Maryland League of Conservation Voters and League of Conservation Voters Endorse Rep. Wayne Gilchrest

Contact: Kristin Lee, (202) 785-8683 or November 5, 2007  

ANNAPOLIS, MD - The Maryland League of Conservation Voters (MDLCV) and the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) today announced their joint endorsement of Representative Wayne Gilchrest (R-MD) for re-election in Maryland's 1st Congressional District.

"Representative Wayne Gilchrest is a champion for Maryland's environment -- from protecting our Chesapeake Bay and waterways to preserving our open spaces -- and the Maryland League of Conservation Voters is proud to endorse him for re-election," Maryland LCV Executive Director Cindy Schwartz said. "Wayne Gilchrest offers a strong voice in Congress for protecting the Chesapeake Bay because he understands that it is both a vital part our natural heritage and an engine of the local economy."

 "The League of Conservation Voters is endorsing Representative Wayne Gilchrest for Congress because he has led the way on common sense solutions to our energy challenges that will make us less dependent on oil, reduce energy costs, and help address climate change," LCV President Gene Karpinski said. "Wayne Gilchrest understands that by ushering in a clean energy future, we can free our nation from the grip of foreign oil, while also creating good-paying jobs and ensuring a cleaner, healthier environment for our children and grandchildren."

As an enthusiastic outdoorsman who regularly canoes and hikes, Rep. Gilchrest has been a strong voice in Congress for protecting the Chesapeake Bay and the Eastern Shore. He is a Co-Chair of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Task Force, where he has introduced legislation and led efforts to help restore the Chesapeake.

"Marylanders understand that preserving our heritage and natural resources for future generations is of critical importance, and that the health of our local economy depends in large part on the health of our environment and the Chesapeake Bay," Representative Wayne Gilchrest said. "I am honored to receive this recognition for the work we have done, and for the awareness that this remains a responsibility for us all."

Rep. Gilchrest has also been a leader in helping our country transition to a clean energy economy. He has championed legislative efforts to help reduce our dependence on oil, help the environment and save consumers money, such as increasing fuel efficiency measures to make new cars go further on a gallon of gas. As Co-Chair and Co-Founder of the Congressional Climate Change Caucus, Rep. Gilchrest's has also demonstrated considerable leadership on helping address global warming.

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The nonprofit League of Conservation Voters (LCV) is the independent political voice for the environment. To secure the environmental future of our planet, LCV's mission is to advocate for sound environmental policies and to elect pro-environmental candidates who will adopt and implement such policies.

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