Each year since 1970, the League of Conservation Voters has released a Congressional Environmental Scorecard to rank our members of Congress on how they voted on the issues that impact our lands, air, water, and communities. The 2018 Scorecard included 35 votes from the House of Representatives and 14 votes from the Senate. These votes included a bill that would have cut millions in funding from the Land & Water Conservation Fund, as well as confirmation hearings on EPA officials. (View the full 2018 Scorecard by clicking here.)
So how did Alabama’s members of Congress rate?
The majority of Alabama’s congressional delegation earned a score of less than 10% for their votes, with three representatives earning a score of 0%. Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL7) and Sen. Doug Jones (D) were the highest-scoring members of the delegation. The full delegations scores for 2018 are:
Sen. Richard Shelby (R): 7
Sen. Doug Jones (D): 79
Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL1): 0
Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL2): 6
Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL3): 3
Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-AL4): 0
Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL5): 20
Rep. Gary Palmer (R-AL6): 0
Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL7): 71
Holding our elected officials accountable is part of our work at Conservation Alabama. While we spend most of our time monitoring the State House and working with you to advance our conservation priorities at the state level, the LCV Scorecard gives us a great look at how our federal elected officials are representing us.
You can find out who represents you at the federal and state levels – and send them a message – by visiting our Action Center.
Alabama’s House delegation bested Alabama’s Senate delegation by seven points in the annual League of Conservation Voters National Environmental Scorecard released today. But there is not much for Alabama’s seven House members to celebrate – that was 21 points out of one hundred to Shelby and Sessions’ average 14 points out of 100.
In what was a tough year for the environment in Congress, Alabama’s delegation again scored poorly in protecting America’s health, economy, and environment. The only shining star for the delegation was freshwoman Rep. Terri Sewell who scored a respectable 80 on the scorecard. No other member of the delegation scored higher than 20, and several scored in the single digits.
The scores are based upon 35 House votes and 11 Senate votes taken by the 112th Congress in their first year. The League of Conservation Voters selects the bills to be scored on issues ranging from public health protections to clean energy to land and wildlife conservation. The House votes included in the 2011 Scorecard are simply many of the most significant votes taken in a year that saw the House voting more than 200 times on the environment and public health.
In football, we celebrate 21-14 scores. In the National Environmental Scorecard, those scores put Alabama at the bottom of yet another ranking.