Peter Welch is a longtime leader and public servant who has fought for a clean environment, resilient communities, and a healthy democracy.
Welch served in the Vermont Senate for 16 years in two eight-year stints, where he was chosen as the minority leader and then the first Democrat as Senate president pro tempore before being elected to serve in the U.S. House. In Congress, he introduced bills advancing clean energy, including bills to establish national energy efficiency and renewable energy standards, accelerate electric vehicle adoption, and make federal buildings more energy efficient and climate resilient. Nine of his bills were included in the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis Democrats’ Climate Action Plan and he was a strong proponent of the historic climate investments in the Inflation Reduction Act, playing a leading role in provisions to help homeowners save energy and utility costs through home efficiency and weatherization rebates.
As a senator, Welch will continue to lead clean energy and climate solutions to combat the full scope of the climate crisis and build a resilient and sustainable future. As a representative, Welch earned a 95% lifetime score on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard.
Welch joins the U.S. Senate to fill the seat of retiring Senator Patrick Leahy, who earned a 94% lifetime score on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard.
In his own words:
“The fate of our democracy and the future of our planet are on the line. Now is the time to confront climate change denial once and for all, and move aggressively toward a sustainable future that protects the natural world and its value to our lives and economy.”
– LCVAF Press Release