US House, NY-20

Paul Tonko


  • Supports a just and equitable transition to a clean energy economy and stronger pollution standards
  • Voted for the Inflation Reduction Act, the most significant action Congress has ever taken to address climate change
  • Earned a 98% lifetime score on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard

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  • Member of the Energy and Commerce Committee
  • Holding this seat in New York will help win a pro-environmental majority in the House, making it easier to pass climate legislation at the federal level

Candidate Background

Representative Paul Tonko is running for a ninth term to represent New York’s 20th Congressional District. Tonko previously served in the state Assembly and as CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. As co-chair of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition, a member of the Safe Climate Caucus, and as the ranking Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and Economy, Tonko has been a leading voice for action on climate change. He has sponsored multiple pieces of legislation to invest in clean energy, energy efficiency, and weatherization. In Congress, Tonko will continue to be a forceful advocate for clean energy development and energy efficiency. Representative Tonko has earned a 98% lifetime score on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard. Representative Tonko is endorsed by LCV Action Fund.

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