Champions of Conservation Endorsements!

August 28th, 2008

Here’s our news release announcing our first round of endorsements!

Texas League of Conservation Voters Endorses Champions of Conservation
First Round of Endorsements go to 33 Incumbents Who Earned A+ Scores in 80th Legislature

AUSTIN – The Texas League of Conservation Voters (TLCV), the nonprofit, nonpartisan organization devoted to turning environmental values into priorities for Texas, today announces our first round of endorsements for the 2008 general election. The endorsees are running for seats in the Texas House of Representatives.

“The 33 incumbents we endorse today are reliable and consistent votes for environmental conservation in the Texas House of Representatives,” said James Canup, Executive Director of TLCV. “All of these officials earned a top grade of A+ in the League’s 2007 scorecard for standing firm at the legislature for clean air, clean water and clean energy, and for proper stewardship of Texas’ priceless – and threatened – beaches, state parks and open spaces,” he added.

“We encourage Texans to vote for these champions of conservation on November 4th,” said Canup.

Endorsees represent districts across the state, from urban regions and rural areas. This round includes 7 endorsees from the Houston region, 7 from the Dallas-Fort Worth region, 5 from Austin-Central Texas, 4 from the San Antonio area, 4 from the Rio Grande Valley, 2 from the El Paso region, 2 from the Corpus Christi-Coastal Bend Region, and one each from Laredo and the Heart of Texas areas.

We will announce additional endorsements in the days and weeks leading up to the November 4th Election Day.

Texas League of Conservation Voters works to turn environmental values into priorities for Texas by helping pass laws that protect our environment, by helping elect pro-conservation candidates, by lobbying on environmental issues at the state legislature and by reporting on how officials voted in our biannual Legislative Scorecard.

Greater Houston Region
Rep. Alma Allen, 131
Rep. Garnet F. Coleman, 147
Rep. Ana Hernandez, 143
Rep. Scott Hochberg, 137
Rep. Dora Olivo, 27
Rep. Senfronia Thompson, 141
Rep. Hubert Vo, 149

Dallas-Fort Worth Region
Rep. Rafael Anchia, 103
Rep. Lon Burnam, 90
Rep. Yvonne Davis, 111
Rep. Terri Hodge, 100
Rep. Paula Pierson, 93
Rep. Allen Vaught, 107
Rep. Marc Veasey, 95

Austin-Central Texas Region
Rep. Valinda Bolton, 47
Rep. Donna Howard, 48
Rep. Elliiott Naishtat, 49
Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, 51
Rep. Mark Strama, 50

San Antonio Region
Rep. Joaquin Castro, 125
Rep. Joe Farias, 118
Rep. David McQuade Leibowitz, 117
Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, 116

Rio Grande Valley
Rep. Veronica Gonzales, 41
Rep. Eddie Lucio III, 38
Rep. Armando Martinez, 39
Rep. Rene O. Oliveira, 37

Coastal Bend Region
Rep. Abel Herrero, 34
Rep. Solomon Ortiz Jr., 33

El Paso Region
Rep. Norma Chavez, 76
Rep. Pete Gallego, 74

Heart of Texas Region
Rep. Jim Dunnam, 57

Laredo Region
Rep. Richard Raymond, 42