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LCV and EnviroVoters Statement on Appointment of Laphonza Butler

Oct 2, 2023

OAKLAND, CA — In response to Governor Gavin Newsom appointing Laphonza Butler to the U.S. Senate to represent California, California Environmental Voters (EnviroVoters) and the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) released the following statements:

“Congratulations to Laphonza Butler on her historic appointment to the U.S. Senate,” said LCV President Gene Karpinski. “Laphonza has been a great partner during her time at California SEIU and EMILY’s List, and we look forward to continuing our partnership in the Senate, fighting for climate action, environmental justice, clean energy jobs, and a strong democracy.” 

“We extend major congratulations to Laphonza Butler on her historic appointment, making her California’s first openly LGBTQ Senator and only the second Black woman to represent our state in the Senate,” said EnviroVoters Political and Organizing Director Mike Young. “As president of EMILY’s List and a former labor leader, Butler is a known advocate and we look forward to working with her on the progressive values she’s represented throughout her career.”