A sketch of the state, Connecticut.

This article covers Connecticut Congressional candidates for the midterm election this November. To access our Connecticut primary review, click here. To learn more about Sustainable Politician Project and our ranking system, read our full intro here.

U.S. Senate

Our primary pick: Chris Murphy (D)(Campaign Site)Rank: Strong 

Murphy has a lot on his resume. For starters, he championed the effort to fund the Highlands Conservation Act, which is a pretty neat little program that is funding conservation projects in the Highlands region, basically ensuring that this area isn’t touched by pollution and industry. He also was a pretty important cog in the clock that made sure that charitable donations to conservation could count as a tax deduction (time to donate I suppose). He’s an avid supporter of the Paris Climate Agreement and has been encouraging his fellow congressmen to also support the Agreement.

Murphy is also the co-author of the Super Pollutants Act. The bill focuses on reducing “Super Pollutants,” which are pollutants like methane and HFCs that do more damage to the environment in a shorter amount of time. He’s also been supporting and working on legislation that will curb carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions. Plus, his LCV score is a solid 96% (source). Overall, we like Murphy and we hope you’ll vote to keep him in Congress.

Matthew Corey (R)Rank: Unknown 

Although Matthew’s campaign site lists many key issues, environmental and energy issues are not one of them.

Jeff Russell (Green)Rank: Weak 

Jeff does not discuss environmental issues very thoroughly, but he does show his support for Standing Rock and recognizes climate change as an issue. He also opposes the Keystone XL pipeline.

Richard Lion (Libertarian)Rank: Unknown 

Although Richard’s campaign site lists many key issues, environmental and energy issues are not one of them.

U.S. House of Representatives

Find your district here.

District 1

Our primary pick: John Larson(Campaign Site)Rank: Good 

  • Democrat
  • Incumbent since 1999

District 1, your incumbent has been doing lots for the environment. He’s the author and co-author of several pieces of legislation that target funding and research on fuel cell technology, and hydrogen fuel cell infrastructure in the US. (If you don’t know what hydrogen energy is, here’s a link.) Even though this isn’t quite the direction we want our candidates to take, he does get a nod for all of the funding he has secured for cleaning up the environment and curbing pollutants. He is also a supporter of moving our energy production home so that our national security isn’t dependent on other countries energy supply. Plus, he has a good 93% LCV score (source). Overall, he has some promising attributes, but he doesn’t seem as dedicated to developing all different types of renewable energy as we would like to see.

Jennifer Nye (R)Rank: Unknown 

We could not find information regarding Jennifer’s sustainable platform.

Tom McCormick (Green)Rank: Weak 

We like Tom’s stance on green energy, but his campaign site lacks an outlined plan for Congressional movement toward green energy and environmental protections.

District 2

Our primary pick: Joe Courtney(Campaign Site)Rank: Strong 

  • Democrat
  • Incumbent since 2006

Courtney has a good voting record, even if he’s said very little about green energy. His voting record shows that he’s in favor of curbing greenhouse gas emissions through government regulation, he supports protecting our natural fisheries and coastlines from pollutants and industry, and has encouraged research and implementation of renewable energy sources in Congress. Plus, he holds a 97% LCV score (source). He is part of a bipartisan community in Congress that is lobbying to make Climate Change a national security issue, which would increase the amount of funding and attention the issue would get nationally.

The corrupt EPA practices that we’ve seen lately have been strongly opposed by Courtney, and he has kept fighting to see that clean air, water, and land is still available and maintained now and for years to come. He has protected federal land from privatization and supported many different bills and funding allocations that will help clean up Connecticut’s waterways and coastline.

Dan Postemski (R) – Rank: Unknown 

We were unable to find information regarding Dan’s sustainable platform.

Michelle Louise Bicking (Green) – Rank: Unknown 

Although Michelle’s campaign site lists many key issues, environmental and energy issues are not one of them.

Dan Reale (Libertarian) – Rank: Unknown 

Although Dan’s campaign site lists many key issues, environmental and energy issues are not one of them.

District 3

Our primary pick: Rosa DeLauro(Campaign Site)Rank: Good 

  • Democrat
  • Incumbent since 1991
  • Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee

Rosa has done some work when it comes to supporting the natural spaces of District 3. She has always voted in favor of policies that would clean up and reduce pollutants in the many waterways and bodies of water in the district. She also has advocated for policies that reduce the cost of energy by using our reserves of fossil fuels while we transition to green energy technology. Her LCV score of 95% indicates that she’s usually voting for the greens (source).

Overall, Rosa still supports using fossil and biofuels, which we aren’t a huge fan of, but she is working on creating green energy job opportunities in District 3 and she has consistently worked to end pollution and protect the natural spaces of Connecticut.

Angel Cadena (R)Rank: Unknown 

We were unable to find information regarding Dan’s sustainable platform.

District 4

Our primary pick: Jim Himes(Campaign Site)Rank: Good 

  • Democrat
  • Incumbent since 2008

Jim wants to see America move towards green energy technology, but is pretty vague on what he’s done to encourage that. He also wants to see a reduction in our reliance on foreign oil, but instead of allocating those funds to green energy initiatives, he also supports “safe” drilling and using domestic natural gas and oil reserves. He has helped to keep close to 2 million acres of wilderness and national parks safe from privatization across the country though, and he has supported legislation that funds and encourages green energy producers and entrepreneurs. Despite his apparent middle ground on these issues, his LCV score of 95% shows that he’s been voting on mostly on the green side of environmental issues (source).

Harry Arora (R)Rank: Weak 

Harry Arora has some good ideas on paper, but his past as the vice president of Enron really puts us off anything he has to say about energy equality.

District 5

Jahana Hayes (D)Rank: Good 

Jahana is particularly concerned with the water in your district and state and wants to ensure protections for waterways to be clear of pollution. She also plans to address issues with algae and invasive species, and how these are disrupting the balance of the ecosystems.

Manny Santos (R)Rank: Unknown 

Although Manny’s campaign site lists many key issues, environmental and energy issues are not one of them.

Categories: 2018 MidtermStates

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