A sketch of the state, Florida.

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

In the summaries that we provide for incumbents, we include a score based on their “LCV” score. The LCV is the League of Conservation Voters, and they track incumbent’s votes on major environmental policies that are going through Congress. If you want to know more about the LCV, click here.

U.S. Senate

Our primary pick: Bill Nelson(Campaign Site)Rank: Good 

  • Democrat
  • Incumbent since 2001
  • Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources, and Infrastructure

Bill’s history as your senator shows his commitment to sustainability in many important areas, ranging from energy to ecosystem conservation. Let’s start with Florida’s coasts. As your coastal ecosystems continue to recover from the BP oil spill damage, Bill has worked towards repairing this damage, especially with the RESTORE Act. This legislature would hold BP accountable for oil spill damage and force the corporation to pay the majority of the costs for repair. Additionally, Bill supported a law that prohibits offshore drilling in Florida’s Gulf Coasts up until 2027. This keeps the coasts safe from offshore drilling for at least nine more years. He’s also working toward bills that help Florida’s coastal communities deal with the negative effects of climate change, such as a sea level rise that causes floods.

In other parts of Florida, Bill is working on ways to conserve native habitats and preserve your natural resources, starting with the Everglades. He voted yes on a bill that passed in the Senate, titled the Water Resources Development Act. This bill would aid efforts to restore the Everglades and grow the natural collection of water in the glades. He’s also supported efforts to help protect native species against invasive lakes and grow the oyster population.

Lastly, Bill has consistently supported proposals to fund different renewable energy developments and projects intended to gather scientific data that supports and helps better our understanding of climate change. However, Bill’s LCV score is 71%, which isn’t the best, but in the last year, he’s bumped this up.

Rick Scott (R)Rank: Good 

A political courage test from 2010 shows Rick’s support for scientific-based climate change solutions and an “all of the above” energy portfolio (source). While we’d prefer a more renewable approach to energy, he has opposed offshore drilling in the past and supported funding for Herbert Hoover Dike.

U.S. House of Representatives

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