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Dear Friend,

Today, Ocean Champions is proud to endorse Congressman Paul Hodes (D-NH) in his run for the U.S. Senate.

Congressman Hodes has a deep, personal connection to the ocean, and has consistently supported important ocean initiatives. In the 111th Congress, he cosponsored the landmark Ocean Conservation, Education, and National Strategy for the 21st Century Act (a.k.a. Oceans 21), along with bills to improve coastal water quality, reduce mercury pollution and help threatened sea otters recover. He helped pass the Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia bill, and the Omnibus Public Lands Act, which included several important ocean bills.

This is a great record on oceans, and he would like to do even more. When we met with Mr. Hodes not long ago, he talked about how, if he won his race for Senate, he would be representing coastal communities again (his 2nd House district is inland). He pointed out that this would open up opportunities to lead on ocean issues, and talked about how representing the coast was important to him on a personal level.

Congressman Hodes said, "I am honored to accept the endorsement of Oceans Champions. With 18 miles of coastline in New Hampshire, we must do everything we can to preserve it for future generations. New Hampshire's coastline is critical to our economy and to the state's tourism. In the US Senate, I will always stand up for preserving New Hampshire's environment for years to come."

Beyond oceans, Mr. Hodes is very focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and his 100% lifetime score from LCV attests to his conservation ethic. He voted for the Waxman-Markey Climate bill, touting its ability to end our dependence on foreign oil, create thousands of green jobs for New Hampshire, and significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions. He also pushed for and passed legislation to make tax credits available for residential biomass heating systems and is working to expand it to cover schools. He knows transitioning smoothly to clean energy also means reducing our current demand for carbon-based fuels, and supported raising mileage requirements for automobiles.

Congressman Hodes is a great ocean champion, and is poised to do even more. His commitment to the people of New Hampshire and their priorities, including clean air and healthy oceans, make him the best candidate to represent New Hampshire in the U.S. Senate.

For the oceans,

The Ocean Champions Team

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