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Representative Jimmy Panetta

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Key Coastal Communities:
Monterey and Santa Cruz
Agriculture; Armed Services
Oceans Caucus; Climate Solutions Caucus; Trails Caucus

“Ocean Champions is an organization that has made oceans a priority on Capitol Hill. I will work to ensure that Congress continues to support sensible and strong policies that demonstrate our willingness to protect the only ocean we have.”


Leadership: Congressman Panetta knows that the Monterey Bay and its coastline are the crown jewels of his district, and he continues protecting the area just as Congressman Sam Farr and Secretary Leon Panetta did before him. Congressman Panetta is adamantly opposed to and will fight against offshore oil exploration and drilling and weakening reasonable air or water quality standards. He is fighting to protect the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, as well as the California Coastal and other National Monuments from downsizing or elimination. Congressman Panetta supports policies that combat climate change, promote sustainability, and invest in clean energy and he has earned a 97% rating from the League of Conservation Voters.

Congressman Panetta fights 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 continues to work with his fellow members of Congress on the Climate Solutions, Trails, and Oceans Caucuses to find innovative solutions to protect our environment.

Representative Panetta sponsored: 

  • H.R. 1913 (Clear Creek National Recreation Area and Conservation Act)

Representative Panetta cosponsored: 

  • H.R. 5127 (Water Recycling Investment and Improvement Act)
  • H.R. 4671 (Organic Farmers Access Act)
  • H.R. 4518 (Bears Ears National Monument Expansion Act)
  • H.R. 4306 (National Sea Grant College Program Amendments Act of 2017)
  • H.R. 4072 (Central Coast Heritage Protection Act)
  • H.R. 3533 (Coastal State Climate Preparedness Act of 2017)
  • H.R. 3275 (Water and Energy Sustainability through Technology Act)
  • H.R. 3186 (Every Kid Outdoors Act)
  • H.R. 2908 (Climate Change National Security Strategy Act of 2017)
  • H.R. 2799 (Western Water Recycling and Drought Relief Act)
  • H.R. 2344 (Crab Emergency Disaster Assistance Act of 2017)
  • H.R. 2272 (COAST Anti-Drilling Act)
  • H.R. 2044 (America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act)
  • H.R. 1784 (Stop Arctic Ocean Drilling Act of 2017)
  • H.R. 1456 (Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act of 2017)
  • H.R. 731 (California Clean Coast Act)
  • H.R. 502 (To permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund.)
  • H.R. 169 (West Coast Ocean Protection Act of 2017)