U.S. Senate, Oregon
A true environmental champion, Senator Jeff Merkley is serving his second term in the U.S. Senate representing Oregon. Previously a national security analyst and Democratic Speaker in the Oregon Legislature, Merkley was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2008. Since his first vote as Senator—in favor of a bill creating new wilderness, wild and scenic rivers, and national recreation areas—Merkley has continuously championed conservation measures and a clean energy future. As a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, he has eloquently advocated for action against climate change and in favor of a transition to clean energy. Merkley introduced the Oil Independence for a Stronger America Act, which would have drastically reduced oil consumption by supporting electric vehicles, increasing gas mileage standards, improving mass transit infrastructure, and renovating buildings to make them more energy efficient. He has been an outspoken opponent of drilling in the Arctic Ocean and introduced the Keep It In The Ground Act to end all new federal leases for oil, gas and coal extraction on public lands and waters. He has supported a strong Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon pollution that is driving climate change. His voting record in the U.S. Senate has earned him an outstanding 99% lifetime score on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard. Senator Merkley is endorsed by LCV Action Fund and NRDC Action Fund.
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