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Becca Balint served as president pro tempore of the Vermont Senate before she ran for Congress, and is a progressive leader who has spent her entire life fighting for people on the margins.
Balint first came to Vermont in 1994, when she took a job as a rock climbing instructor. She eventually settled in Brattleboro, where she taught in four local public schools and at the Community College of Vermont. Balint has served in the Vermont Senate since 2014. During her tenure, she has received perfect scores on the Vermont Conservation Voters’ Legislative Scorecard for her work helping to shepherd landmark climate and environmental justice legislation. In 2017, she became majority leader, and in 2020, was elected unanimously by her colleagues to be president pro tempore. Balint is the first woman and first openly LGBTQ+ person to serve in this role.
As a representative, Balint will be a bold champion for tackling climate change and delivering on environmental justice. Balint is the first woman and first openly LGBTQ+ person to represent Vermont in Congress.
Balint joins the U.S. House to fill the seat of Senator-elect Peter Welch, who earned a 95% lifetime score on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard.
In her own words:
“Helping pass Vermont’s Global Warming Solutions Act is some of the most important work I’ve done as a Vermont Senator. The climate crisis is here now and every moment counts if we are going to preserve our environment and ensure a livable world for our children.”
– LCVAF Press Release