Shontel Brown represents Ohio’s 11th Congressional District and is a strong supporter of climate action and environmental justice.
Brown was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2011, she was elected to the Warrensville City Council and three years later, was elected to represent the 9th District on the Cuyahoga County Council. In 2017, she was the first woman and the first Black person to be elected as chair of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party. She has worked at the local level in partnership with Clean Ohio Green Space Conservation Fund protecting ecologically sensitive areas in the Chagrin River Valley and led resolutions to declare racism, including environmental racism, a public health crisis.
As a representative, Brown will continue to prioritize the health and well-being of communities over polluter profits and deliver on transformational climate, clean energy, jobs, and justice legislation for all communities. She has introduced legislation to support community gardens at schools and helped secure billions of dollars to help Ohio reduce its carbon emissions and protect the Great Lakes.
Brown joined the U.S. House to fill the seat of Representative Marcia Fudge, who earned a 93% lifetime score on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard before vacating her seat to serve as the secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Brown earned a 100% score in 2021 on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard.
In her own words:
“Americans deserve leaders in Washington who will put people and the environment before politics… We must hold corporate polluters accountable when they lead to higher illness rates, hospitalizations, and deaths.”
– LCVAF Press Release