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Ocean Champions: Political Champions for Ocean Conservation

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New Mexico is famous for its natural beauty, so it's no surprise to see that Congressman Martin Heinrich (D-NM) has such a strong environmental record.  What many may not know is that this long-time scuba diver and fisherman sees healthy oceans as a critical part of his commitment to sustainable policies, and we are excited to endorse him for New Mexico’s Senate seat.

As a Congressman, he has been an important voice on the House Natural Resources Committee. He helped pass the Omnibus Public Lands Act, which protected sensitive coastal and estuarine areas, and funded significant research on threats to ocean habitat.  He has pushed for improved water quality (fresh and salt), and worked to protect threatened marine animals.  The Congressman also worked to win federal protection for the Ojito Wilderness and to restore contaminated public lands using funds he seized from environmental polluters.  He's been a strong voice defending the EPA's ability to hold polluters accountable under the Clean Air Act, and has been a vocal leader on sustainable energy, introducing the Clean Energy Promotion Act in the last two Congresses.

“The Ocean Champions' commitment protecting the health of our oceans and wildlife is unwavering. It is truly an honor to receive their endorsement,” Heinrich said. “As a diver for two decades now, it’s hard to think of a more beautiful and peaceful experience than being beneath the ocean's surface. I've dedicated my life to sustainably managing our natural landscapes and developing the country's clean energy resources. The stewardship of our nation's special places, and the economies they support, will be among my top priorities in the Senate.”

We’re looking forward to helping the Congressman win his race for the Senate, and we're confident he will be a Senate leader on issues affecting ocean health.

Elections Matter for the Oceans,

David Wilmot, Ph.D.
President and Co-Founder

Mike Dunmyer
Executive Director

P.S. Is your Ocean Champions membership current? Now is a great time to renew and help elect 40 champions for healthy oceans in 2012!

Rep. Mazie Hirono

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