This article covers Congressional candidates from Georgia for the midterm election this November. To access our Georgia primary review, click here. To learn more about Sustainable Politician Project and our ranking system, read our full intro here.
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Our primary pick: Lisa Ring – Rank: Good
- Vice Chair of the Georgia Democratic Rural Caucus
- Chair of the Bryan County Democratic Committee
While Lisa is new to politics and therefore doesn’t have a voting record to look at, she has pledged her support to the HR-3671 Act, also known as the Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act. HR-3671 wants to stop oil and gas projects in the United States so that we can protect our water from fracking, pipelines, and any other energy projects that could harm the nation’s environment and water supply. The bill is looking to transition most fossil fuels over to cleaner energy alternatives by 2027. Lisa also wants to make sure that the coastline of Georgia is preserved and that the water and air are not contaminated by companies and corporations looking to destroy it. She proposes more funding for agencies regulating what can and can’t happen on the coast.
Earl “Buddy” Carter (R) – Incumbent – Rank: Bad
Earl supports the Keystone XL pipeline opposes federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions. He also has an atrocious LCV score of exactly 0% (source).
Sanford Bishop, Jr. (D) – Incumbent – Rank: Weak
While Sanford does support the Keystone XL pipeline, he also supports federal funding for sources of renewable energy and federal regulation of greenhouse emissions. He does not discuss his views on environmental issues on his campaign website besides noting that he is “seeking a higher, better quality of life for all citizens by promoting…a clean environment…” He has an LCV score of just 50%, so we’d like to see some improvements if he gets reelected (source).
Herman West, Jr. (R) – Rank: Unknown
We were unable to find information regarding Herman’s sustainability platform.
Our primary pick: Chuck Enderlin – Rank: Good
- Marine Corp Veteran
- Pilot for Delta Airlines
Not only does Chuck recognize climate change, he believes that if we don’t change how we treat the environment now, that in the future, we will be fighting over the resources that were once plentiful. He also thinks we need to adapt how we build our infrastructure to prepare for the rising seas and the changes in temperature. He believes that everyone joining together to help clean up our environment is the only way we can make a difference.
Drew Ferguson (R) – Incumbent – Rank: Bad
Drew does not support federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions, voted yes on HR-953 The Reducing Regulatory Burden Act of 2017 that says anyone who wants to use pesticides does not need to show a permit to the EPA. Plus, his LCV score is another whopping 0% (source).
Our primary pick: Hank Johnson – Rank: Strong
- Incumbent since 2006
- Member of the Safe Climate Caucus
Hank Johnson has a proven record fighting for the environment in Congress. He voted no on prohibiting a permit for pesticide use, no on a bill stopping the EPA from regulating emissions from coal plants, and does not support the Keystone XL Pipeline. Plus, he has a great LCV score of 96% (source).
Hank also believes in human responsibility for climate change (he is batting 1000!). He introduced the TIRE Act in 2007 that would give tax credits to companies who use a lot of vehicles that bought tires made out of recycled rubber. Hank also voted to get rid of subsidies to the oil and gas companies. He even worked with the U.S. Army Corp and the state government to set up a water-sharing program for the southeast states. He plans to continue to demand more regulation from the EPA.
Joe Profit (R) – Rank: Weak
Although Joe states that “we all want clean, healthy, and safe environments to live in,” he only discusses overregulation. While we recognize that over regulation can cause issues, we think Joe should propose other means to tackle environmental concerns (which he does not).
You only have one candidate running, District 5.
Our pick: John Lewis – Rank: Strong
- Incumbent since 1986
- Civil rights icon
John Lewis has a long history of fighting on the right side of history and that is no different when it comes to the environment. He doesn’t support the Keystone XL Pipeline, supports funding to develop renewable energy resources, and supports regulation of greenhouse gas emissions.
John also supports strengthening the Clean Water and Clean Air Act and wants to give the EPA the resources they need. He believes fighting for the environment is a humanitarian issue and that if we don’t fight for it, it will “cost us lives, money, and the future of our planet.” He also has a good 92% LCV score (source).
Lucy McBath (D) – Rank: Strong
Lucy recognizes climate change as an issue that desperately needs our immediate attention. In Congress, she’s looking to expand our developments in renewable energy and bump up our incentives for residents who utilize green energy. She strongly opposes offshore drilling, which is quite important for your state, considering how much coastline Georgia has. She also wants a strong and adequately staffed EPA, and was not very pleased with Pruitt running the show.
Karen seems to support an “all of the above” energy approach by supporting both renewable energy and fossil fuels. She also claims to support protecting the environment, but has a poor voting record reflecting this and a minimum LCV of 0% (source).
Carolyn Bourdeaux (D) – Rank: Good
Carolyn calls for the US to re-enter the Paris Climate Accord to be part of the global efforts to reduce emissions, and supports and end to subsidies going to the fossil fuel industry. She wants to “align our energy policy and investments to [help] meet these goals,” and is also concerned for the way climate change will impact coastal communities through flooding.
Rob Woodall (R) – Incumbent – Rank: Bad
Rob supports Keystone XL pipeline and opposes federal funding for renewable resources and regulation of greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, his LCV score so far is at 4% (source).
Austin Scott (R) – Incumbent – Rank: Bad
H supports Keystone XL, and a no to funding renewable resources and no to any greenhouse gas regulation. His LCV score is at 2% (source).
Jimmy Cooper (Green Party) – Write-In Candidate – Rank: Good
Jimmy wants to see our country make the 100% switch to renewable energy in the near future, and by doing so, see a huge decrease in carbon emissions. He also supports conservation efforts and sustainable agriculture practices.
Josh McCall (D) – Rank: Strong
Josh trusts science to guide environmental policy, and vows to promote renewable energy developments, conservation, and protections for clean land, air, and water. He also wants to ensure that corporations are held responsible for environmentally damaging actions, and make sure they are reducing their own carbon emissions.
Doug Collins (R) – Rank: Bad
Doug supports Keystone XL pipeline, does not support greenhouse gas emission regulation, or funding for renewable energy resources. He also opposes the Waters of Us rule put in place by the EPA and has a LCV score of 2% (source).
Tabitha Johnson-Green (D) – Rank: Strong
Tabitha, like all green-ranked candidates, supports investments in renewable energy in order to reduce carbon emissions. She’s also concerned with our air and water quality and wants to ensure these resources are clear of pollution. Furthermore, she recognizes how low-income communities are disproportionately affected by air and water quality issues.
Jody Hice (R) – Incumbent – Rank: Bad
Jody supports Keystone XL pipeline and opposes regulating greenhouse gas emissions. Her LCV score is a whopping 0%, so we don’t think she’s too keen on the kind of environmental policies we’d like to see (source).
Flynn Broady, Jr. (D) – Rank: Good
Flynn is concerned with how climate change can affect our nation, which is why he strong supports renewable energy investments and reducing carbon emissions. (Although he does not go into much more detail than this). He also supports the Paris Climate Agreement and other international agreements whose aims are to address climate change.
Barry Loudermilk (R) – Incumbent – Rank: Bad
Barry supports Keystone XL pipeline and opposes funding for renewable resources or regulation for greenhouse gas emissions. He supported the decision to lift a ban on oil exploration in our country and has a LCV score of 0% (source).
Rick Allen (R) – Incumbent – Rank: Bad
Rick supports the Keystone XL pipeline and opposes regulation of greenhouse gas emissions. He also has a poor LCV of 0% (source).
Francys Johnson (D) – Rank: Unknown
Although Francys’ website discusses many key issues, the environment and energy, are not one of them.
Our primary pick: David Scott – Rank: Good
- Incumbent since 2003
David Scott supports regulation on greenhouse gas emissions and funding for renewable energy resources (and boosting energy efficiency). He isn’t for the Keystone XL Pipeline and has a respectable LCV score of 81%, though we’d like to see this go up if he’s re-elected (source).
David Callahan (R) – Rank: Unknown
Although David’s website discusses many key issues, the environment and energy, are not one of them.
Our primary pick: Steven Foster – Rank: Good
- Former military physician
- Owned MedNow, an urgent care center, for 28 years
Steven Foster believes that the preservation and protection should be the guidelines we use when thinking about regulations for the environment. He pledges to fight for environmental protections and preserving the open natural spaces in Georgia.
Tom supports the Keystone XL pipeline and hasn’t been on the green side when it comes to supporting renewable energy and cutting back on emissions. In fact, he has a LCV score of just 3% (source).