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Monday, February 29, 2016

Langevin aces League of Conservation Voters test

100% on Legislative Scorecard Reflects Leadership on Environmental Issues

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), who serves as Energy Task Force Chair for the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition, was awarded a 100% on the League of Conservation Voters’ (LCV) 2015 National Environmental Scorecard. Of the 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, Langevin was one of only 44 members to receive a perfect score.

“I am honored and so grateful for this recognition from the League of Conservation Voters, a group that is tirelessly devoted to protecting our planet at a time when it is consistently under attack, both from the effects of climate change and from ill-intentioned politicians who seek to undermine environmental protections,” said Langevin. 

“My home state of Rhode Island is in many ways defined by its beautiful coastline and natural resources. Environmental conservation is therefore a priority for my constituents, and I will continue to fight hard to protect and restore our land, water and air, at home and across the globe.”

The 2015 Scorecard includes votes cast during the first session of the 114th Congress. It includes 35 House votes, which ties the record for the most votes scored in the House. Legislation considered by the League of Conservation Voters ranged from attempted overrides of the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act, to votes funding clean energy, promoting fisheries conservation, and supporting animal protection.

“Last year, President Obama led the way to unprecedented victories when it came to confronting the climate crisis, even as he battled the most anti-environmental Congress in American history,” said LCV President Gene Karpinski.

 “In 2015, the extreme Republican leadership of both chambers wasted no time pursuing big polluters’ agenda, immediately assaulting both bedrock environmental laws and more recent environment progress that protect our air, water, public lands, and wildlife. Fortunately, environmental champions in Congress and the administration defeated virtually all of these radical attacks.”

For more than 40 years, the National Environmental Scorecard issued by LCV has been the nationally accepted yardstick used to rate members of Congress on environmental, public health, and energy issues. For more information, visit