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Representative John Sarbanes

Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Energy & Power

“It’s an honor to be recognized and endorsed by Ocean Champions. The health of our oceans and our local watersheds — like the Chesapeake Bay — is paramount. We must do everything we can to fish sustainably, reduce water pollution and mitigate ocean acidification.”


Leadership: Working hard to protect the Chesapeake Bay, Representative John Sarbanes has emerged as a leader in environmental stewardship. His passion for this regional habitat has inspired the passing of H.R. 1650, which enhanced the protection of the Chesapeake Bay through programs that foster science and education, as well as other conservation measures. Outside of Congress, he continues to promote environmental health through programs like “Chesapeake Bay Friendly” that encourage citizens to get involved in bay cleanup activities and to become stewards by helping communities reduce pollution. Representative Sarbanes supports and encourages the conservation of our greater ocean and has been instrumental in the promotion of President Obama’s National Ocean Policy.

Representative Sarbanes sponsored:

  • H.R. 3139 (Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network Reauthorization Act)
  • H.R 1651 (Save the Chesapeake Bay Homeowner Act of 2011)
  • H.R. 1649 (Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network Continuing Authorization Act of 2011)
  • H.R. 1650 (Chesapeake Bay Science, Education, and Ecosystem Enhancement Act of 2011)
  • H.R. 2547 (No Child Left Inside Act of 2011)
  • H.R. 2396 (Electronic Device Recycling Research and Development Act)
  • H.R. 1649 (Chesapeake Gateways and Watertrails Network Continuing Authority Act of 2009)
  • H.R. 1652 (Reauthorization of the Army Corps of Engineers’ Chesapeake Bay Environmental Restoration and Protection Program Act of 2009)

Representative Sarbanes cosponsored:

  • H.R 2908 (Climate Change National Security Strategy Act of 2017)
  • H.R 1969 (Safe Hydration is an American Right in Energy Development Act of 2017)
  • H.R 2012 (Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act of 2017)
  • H.R 2000 (CLEANER Act of 2017)
  • H.R 4479 (Families of Flint Act 2016)
  • H.R 4470 (Safe Drinking Water Act Improved Compliance Awareness Act)
  • H.R. 239 (Udall-Eisenhower Arctic Wilderness Act)
  • H.R. 1460 (Focused Reduction of Effluence and Stormwater runoff through Hydrofracking Environmental Regulation Act of 2015)
  • H.R. 1482 (Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act of 2015)
  • H.R. 1548 (BREATHE Act)
  • H.R. 1814 (To permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund.)
  • H.R. 3041 (Low-Income Solar Act)
  • H.R. 4215 (CLEANER Act of 2015)
  • H.R. 924 (Incentivizing Offshore Wind Power Act of 2013)
  • H.R. 1175 (FRESHER Act of 2013, To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act and direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study with respect to stormwater runoff from oil and gas operations, and for other purposes.)
  • H.R. 1837 (Clean Water Protection Act of 2011, of 2013)
  • H.R. 3449 (Innovative Stormwater Infrastructure Act of 2013)
  • H.R. 3145 (Water Pollution Control Investment Act of 2011)
  • H.R. 4914 (Coastal Jobs Creation Act of 2010)
  • H.R. 3644 (Ocean, Coastal, and Watershed Education Act)