2020 Texas Congressional Endorsements
This year’s elections are the most critical in recent history. Voters will have the opportunity to elect environmental champions from the White House to the courthouse. Clean Water Action will endorse candidates at every level who will join us in our campaigns to protect clean water and act on the climate crisis. The past few years have shown us the importance of electing candidates who listen to the science and let it guide commonsense policies. It is equally vital that we choose candidates who are committed to fulfilling the promise of American democracy by acknowledging the reality of systemic racism and acting to dismantle it. And it is vital that we support candidates who understand that fair and open elections are essential to our democracy and who work to guarantee equal and unfettered access to the polls for all.
Clean Water Action carefully studies candidates before making endorsements, learning as much as we can through a detailed questionnaire. Our Texas Vote Environment committee scrutinizes questionnaire responses and evaluates the track records and leadership abilities of candidates before reaching a decision. All recommendations must then be approved by our national office.
Clean Water Action is pleased to announce these endorsements for the November 2020 general election.
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MJ Hegar, US Senate: Clean Water Action is proud to endorse MJ Hegar for US Senate. Hegar is a Connecticut native who grew up mostly in the Williamson County, Texas community of Cedar Park, and now lives in Round Rock. She took a BA from UT Austin and then in our nation;s armed forces, serving three tours in Afghanistan as Air National Guard helicopter pilot. She sustained shrapnel wounds during a rescue operation, for which she was awarded the Purple Heart. Hegar’s lawsuit challenging the military's policy of excluding women from combat helped lead to a subsequent repeal of this policy.
Hegar is committed to reversing the Trump administration’s dangerous rollbacks of landmark environmental protections. She recognizes the climate crisis as the greatest long-term threat facing our country and our children, which is why we are proud to endorse her candidacy for U.S. Senate. Texans deserve better than incumbent Senator Cornyn, who has an F- grade for his environmental record. MJ will be a relentless fighter for safe drinking water and cleaning up our polluted waterways.
Endorsements for the US House of Representatives
Mike Siegel, CD 10: Siegel is a former Assistant City Attorney for the City of Austin who has worked as a public school teacher and as a civil right attorney representing individuals affected by discrimination and retaliation. He is a staunch supporter of the Green New Deal to address the climate crisis while creating millions of new jobs in the process. Raised in a union household, Siegel is committed to a just transition for affected workers and their families, including a jobs guarantee, so they will not suffer as we build a new, clean energy economy. Siegel is equally committed to reversing the Trump administration’s rollbacks of landmark environmental legislation like the Clean Water Act. He lost the 2018 general election by a mere 4% against Mike McCaul, a well-funded incumbent with a dismal score of 12% on environmental votes.
Wendy Davis, CD 21: Davis is a Rhode Island native who came to Ft. Worth at the age of 10, earned a BA in English from Texas Christian University in 1990 and a law degree from Harvard in 1993. She served 9 years on the Ft. Worth city council before winning election to the Texas Senate in 2008, where she earned a solid ‘A’ rating for her environmental votes. Davis is committed to restoring environmental protections eliminated by the Trump administration, promoting green energy, and the getting the US to carbon neutrality by 2050. She is taking on one-term incumbent Chip Roy, a far-right Ted Cruz protege who earned a score of 0 on his environmental report card. The district stretches from south-central Austin through parts of Hays and Comal counties into San Antonio.
Julie Oliver, CD 25: Oliver grew up in modest circumstances in Dallas' South Oak Cliff neighborhood, became a single mom at 17, and put herself through high school, college and UT’s law school with a young family. She has twenty years’ experience in healthcare finance and nonprofit accounting, and served on the board of Austin’s Central Health district. She supports the New Green Deal and is committed to reversing Trump’s assault on environmental protections. This is rematch of the 2018 contest, which Oliver lost by a surprisingly close margin to incumbent Roger Williams, who received a score of 0 for his anti-environmental votes. The district include parts of western Hays and Travis counties, then stretches through rural counties all the way to the southern edge of Ft. Worth.
Collin Allred, CD 32: Colin Allred is Dallas native and civil rights attorney who took a BA in History from Baylor University in 2005 and then played five years in NFL before injury ended that career. He took a law degree from the University of California Berkeley and worked in the Obama administration as a Special Assistant in the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of General Counsel. Allred supports the US re-joining the Paris Climate accords and implementing Obama's Clean Energy Plan. He unseated long-time incumbent Pete Sessions in 2018 and earned a score of 100% for his environmental votes in congress from Clean Water Action. This north-central Dallas district is high on the list of potential take-backs for Republicans.
Rick Kennedy, CD 17: Rick Kennedy is a software engineer residing in Wells Branch near Austin. He favors a market-based carbon dividend and fee policy to address climate change, along with investing in green energy and building the 'Ike Dike' in Galveston Bay to protect Houston from storm surges. This is an open seat and Kennedy’s main opponent is former Dallas congressman Pete Sessions, who relocated to Waco after losing to Collin Allred in 2018. Sessions has been a leading anti-environmental vote in congress. The district contains a small piece of North Austin and most of the Austin suburb of Pflugerville, along with all or parts of 11 mostly rural counties in Central Texas and the medium-sized cities of Waco, Bryan, and College Station.
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