August 17, 2006
We hope you are as energized as we are by recent political events. Last week, 3 incumbents lost to
their challengers – in a primary!
Rep. Clay Shaw
District: Florida 22
Key Coastal Communities: Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach
Key Committees: 2nd in line on Ways & Means
Caucuses: Founder & Co-Chair, International Conservation Caucus
Leadership: Rep. Shaw is a tireless advocate of protecting the Everglades and Florida’s marine environment. He has co-sponsored numerous ocean conservation bills, and introduced both the Everglades Restoration Act and the Bottom Trawl and Deep Sea Coral Habitat Act. He is a leading opponent of efforts to lift the moratorium on offshore drilling. He is chairman of the bipartisan Florida Congressional delegation.
Rep. Hilda Solis
District: California 32
Key Coastal Communities: Los Angeles
Key Committees: Energy & Commerce
Caucuses: House Coastal Caucus
Leadership: Rep. Solis is a committed clean-water advocate, and has consistently voted to uphold the moratorium on new offshore oil & gas drilling.
Sen. Richard Lugar
Key Committees: Foreign Relations (Chair)
Leadership: As Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Lugar has been the foremost advocate for adoption of the Law of the Sea Treaty, which is vitally important for conserving oceans in international waters. Sen. Lugar’s continued leadership will be necessary to break the logjam on this treaty in the Senate.
Sen. Bill Nelson
Key Committees: Commerce, Science & Transportation
Leadership: Sen. Nelson has led the charge in the Senate against repeal of the moratorium on offshore drilling, and recently helped engineer a compromise on a Gulf drilling bill passed in the Senate that will permanently protect the vast majority of Florida’s coast from new drilling.
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