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For Release: June 4, 2018 – Ocean Champions Release Its First Wave of Endorsements

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Jun 04, 2018 in Press Releases

Washington, D.C. – June 4, 2018 – Ocean Champions, which works to build political power for the oceans by helping to elect pro-ocean candidates to the U.S. Congress, proudly endorses thirteen candidates from California, and one candidate from each of the following states: Hawaii, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico and New York.

“Election day is our day. Let’s take this opportunity to remind these great ocean champions that we are here for them, just as they have been there for the oceans,” said David Wilmot, Ph.D., President and Co-Founder of Ocean Champions. “There is a wave building in this coming election. Let’s all make sure our voice is heard.”

Representing districts along the coasts and to inland regions, Ocean Champions is endorsing the following candidates:

Julia Brownley (D-CA-26) – representing Ventura County, Congresswoman Brownley has been a strong advocate to move America away from its dependence on fossil fuels and foreign oil.

Salud Carbajal (D-CA-24) – representing the Santa Barbara area, Congressman Carbajal has worked to address many of our priority issues, including ocean acidification, shark finning, and offshore oil drilling. His California Clean Coast Act would permanently prohibit oil and gas leasing off the state’s coast.

Jared Huffman (D-CA-2) – representing the coast from San Francisco to the Oregon border, Congressman Huffman sits on the House Natural Resources Committee. With his passion for environmental protection and extensive legislative achievements, Congressman Huffman is a key ally of the ocean.

Alan Lowenthal (D-CA-47) – representing parts of Los Angeles County and Orange County, including Santa Catalina Island, Congressman Lowenthal, sits on the House Natural Resources Committee, and serves on the Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, and the Subcommittee on Water and Power. In this role, he works to ensure that our country’s natural resources, including our ocean, are managed in the most sustainable and responsible way possible.

Jerry McNerney (D-CA-9) – representing the region spanning the rivers of the Sacramento and San Joaquin Delta, Congressman McNerney has worked to create a healthy ocean future through clean energy, where California is positioned as a global leader in this growing field.

Grace Napolitano (D-CA-32) – representing parts of eastern Los Angeles County, Congresswoman Napolitano sits on the House Natural Resources Committee and is Ranking Member on its Water, Power, and Oceans Subcommittee. Her legislative efforts include assisting in the implementation of the CALFED Bay-Delta Program, a water management plan for California, protection of the ecosystem in the Bay-Delta, and promotion of advanced technologies.

Jimmy Panetta (D-CA-20) – representing Monterey and Santa Cruz counties, Congressman Panetta is fighting environmental problems, such as sea level rise and ocean acidification, while working to maintain and improve the balance between a highly productive agricultural industry, a diverse and sensitive environment, and sustainable tourism. Congressman Panetta also works with fellow members of the Natural Resources Committee and the Oceans Caucus to find innovative solutions to protect our environment.

Scott Peters (D-CA-52) – representing the San Diego coastline, Congressman Peters considers the development of a sustainable energy policy a top priority. He serves as the Chair of the Democratic Caucus Climate Task Force, working to create green collar jobs by advancing policies that promote clean energy, domestic manufacturing, and the development of renewable energy resources.

Katie Porter (D-CA-45) – Katie Porter is a first-time House candidate. She has pledged to take on big oil and the corporate polluters to stop offshore drilling and will fight to invest in renewable energy development, support high emission standards and save important environmental protections.

Harley Rouda (D-CA-48) – Harley Rouda is a first-time House candidate. He is a successful businessman, philanthropist, attorney, and tech entrepreneur. He works with cutting edge green tech companies committed to protecting the environment. He is running against ocean enemy incumbent Congressman Dana Rohrabacher.

Adam Schiff (D-CA-28) – representing the area from West Hollywood to Pasadena, Congressman Schiff sees global warming and ocean acidification as a threat and in need of decisive action. As a result, he is a steadfast supporter of clean energy development. Since his first election in 2000, he has developed a strong track record of leadership and support for ocean issues.

Eric Swalwell (D-CA-15) – representing San Francisco east bay area, Congressman Swalwell is a champion of the San Francisco Bay. He co-sponsored the San Francisco Bay Restoration Act, legislation that would provide funding through the EPA for restoration, conservation projects, and studies in the bay.

Mark Takano (D-CA-41) – representing the Inland Empire of Riverside and Morena Valley, Congressman Takano sits on the Science, Space and Technology Committee and the Subcommittees on Energy and the Environment, which oversees environmental research at the EPA and NOAA. In this position he works to ensure clean air and water for future generations to come, combating climate change, and promoting scientific innovation, technology and clean energy sources.

Doug Chin (D-HI-1) – Doug Chin is a first-time House candidate. As Hawai‘i Attorney General, Doug has been on the forefront of Hawai‘i’s unmatched commitment to building a more sustainable future and protecting natural resources. Doug Chin has pledged to work to find real solutions to address climate change and reducing greenhouse emissions.

Joe Kennedy III (D-MA-4) – representing Brookline, Newton, and the western suburbs of Boston down to Taunton, Fall River, and the state’s South Coast, Congressman Kennedy knows the importance of protecting and conserving the environment because he understands that every issue is connected and affects us in some way. As a rising progressive leader, and member of the Energy & Commerce Committee, he is a key ally to the ocean and environment.

Leonard Lance (R-NJ-7) – Congressman Lance has voted favorably on pro-ocean legislation and climate legislation, and he continues to maintain a fair and balanced perspective on energy policy.

Martin Heinrich (D-NM) – Senator Heinrich is deeply committed to protecting and conserving New Mexico’s treasured public lands, water, and wildlife.  Senator Heinrich has been a staunch supporter of clean energy, and has defended the EPA’s ability to hold polluters accountable under the Clean Air Act. His record has earned a LCV lifetime rating of 94%.

Joe Crowley (D-NY-14) – Congressman Crowley represents a district that spans across Queens and the Bronx, one of the nation’s most ethnically diverse areas. As a member of the appropriations committee, and rapidly rising in the Leadership ranks, the Congressmen’s influence is crucial to eliminating the anti-environmental riders that are being attached to appropriations bills and other pieces of moving legislation. He is also a member of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee.

Ocean Champions is the only nonprofit political organization that endorses pro-ocean Congressional candidates and lobbies members of Congress on behalf of the oceans. To learn more about Ocean Champions or any of the candidates endorsed by Ocean Champions, visit