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Ocean Champions: Political Champions for Ocean Conservation

Dear Friend,

First, thank you for your generous support in what we knew would be an important election.  Because of you, Ocean Champions invested more money to elect pro-ocean candidates than ever before.  And our investment payed off.

Many Congressional leaders on ocean conservation issues - the candidates endorsed and supported by Ocean Champions – won hard-fought victories.  In Tuesday’s general election, 22 of our endorsed candidates won while 4 lost.  Combined with results from the primaries, we forged 23 victories against only 7 defeats (the additional victory was a second defeat of “ocean enemy #1” Richard Pombo). 

Unfortunately, several strong champions were defeated, including Congressman Frank Kratovil (MD-D).  Considering that a few other champions were lost through retirement, there will be some work to do in the 112th Congress.

Importantly, the next Congress will be very different than the current one. Tuesday’s election clearly changes the priorities and focus of the House and the Senate.  With Republicans regaining the majority in the House, Committee Chairmanships will change hands, and the work of these Committees will be defined and guided by the ideologies of their new leaders.   In the coming days, we will share our thoughts on exactly what these changes will mean for ocean policy, but know that Ocean Champions is not only up for the challenge but uniquely positioned to protect past ocean policy victories against new attacks and to take advantage of the opportunities (and there will be a few) with the new 112th Congress.

However, we have unfinished business in the 111th Congress.  We’ve been able to drive a number of strong ocean bills to the brink of success, and when Congress returns for a so-called Lame-Duck session next week we will do everything in our power to ensure victories in areas such as:

Together we must fight with all we’ve got to deliver these victories and roll into the 112th Congress with momentum, ready and able to protect our oceans.

For The Oceans,

The Ocean Champions Team

P.S. Your support has never been more critical to seizing opportunities and protecting against threats to our oceans.  Please contribute to Ocean Champions today.  

ELECTION 2008

OC CANDIDATE  ROUNDUP

U.S. House of Representatives

House Wins

Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-45th CA)

Rep. John Barrow (D-12th GA)

Rep. Madeline Z. Bordallo (D-GU)

Rep. Lois Capps (D-23rd CA)

Rep. Kathy Castor (D-11th FL)

Rep. Sam Farr (D-17th CA)

Rep. John Garamendi (D-10th CA)

Rep. Rush Holt (D-12th NJ)

Rep. Mike Honda (D-15th CA)

Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7th NJ)

Rep. Connie Mack IV (R-14th FL)

Rep. Edward Markey (D-7th MA)

Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-6th NJ)

Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-1st ME)

Rep. Nick J. Rahall (D-3rd WV)

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-18th FL)

Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-20th FL)

Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-6th CA)

Rep. David Wu (D-1st OR)

House Losses

Rep. John Adler (D- 3rd NJ)

Rep. Allen Boyd (D-2nd FL)

Rep. Frank Kratovil (D-1st MD)

U.S. Senate

Senate Wins

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA)

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT)

Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD)

Senate Losses

Paul Hodes (D-NH)

Ocean Enemies Defeated

Richard Pombo (R-19th CA)

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