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Representative Jamie Raskin

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Administration; Oversight and Government Reform; Judiciary
Oceans Caucus; Safe Climate Caucus, Progressive Caucus

“I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to be endorsed by Ocean Champions, the unwavering voice for saving the seas in American politics.  I remember learning in elementary school that a majority of the surface of the earth is covered by water and a majority of the human body is made up of water too.  From that moment on, I have regarded the oceans as being as essential to the human species as water is to the human body.  And as a lifelong beach lover, I have been horrified by the threats the oceans face today from climate change, sea levels rising, acidification, overfishing, drilling, seismic testing, and coastal erosion.  I am moved by your solidarity, excellent research, and political seriousness, and I am eager to work closely with you to guard marine wildlife and ecosystems, promote conservation, and protect both fishing and seafood for future generations.”


Leadership: Representative Raskin has long been committed to fighting climate change through reducing greenhouse gas emissions and supporting clean energy technologies like solar and wind power. As a three-term Democratic State Senator in Maryland, he worked hard to increase their renewable energy standards and to create a state Climate Change Commission to take action on its impacts. Now in Congress, Representative Raskin is also hard at work for our oceans, cosponsoring legislation to help end shark finning (H.R. 1456), aid our coral reefs (H.R. 2203), and promote research on ocean acidification (H.R. 845).

Representative Raskin cosponsored: 

  • H.R 3063 (Gateways and Watertrails Network Reauthorization Act of 2017)
  • H.R 2908 (Climate Change National Security Strategy Act of 2017)
  • H.R 2696 (Executive Office of Environmental Justice Act of 2017)
  • H.R 2695 (Environmental Justice Small Grants Program Act of 2017)
  • H.R 2328 Low Income Sewer & Water Assistance Program Act of 2017
  • H.R 2012 (Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act of 2017)
  • H.R 1812 (CLIMATE Act 2017)
  • H Res 362 (Affirming the need to achieve environmental justice, commending the work of environmental justice advocates, and for other purposes 2017)
  • H.R. 2203 (Coral Reef Sustainability Through Innovation Act of 2017)
  • H.R. 1889 (Udall-Eisenhower Arctic Wilderness Act)
  • H.R. 1456 (Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act of 2017)
  • H.R. 845 (Ocean Acidification Research Partnerships Act)
  • H.R. 502 (To permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund.)