This article covers Congressional candidates from Maryland for the midterm election this November. To access our Maryland 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.
- Incumbent since 2006
- United States House of Representatives, District 3, 1987-2006
- Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety
- Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife
- 92% LCV score
Ben is particularly concerned for Maryland when it comes to climate change since 70% of the state lives in coastal areas. Climate change should be a concern to coastal residents because the effects of it include increased super storms and floods, causing significant damage and danger to coastal communities. And if left unaddressed, it would likely displace hundreds from their homes.
So, preventing the effects of climate change is something Ben has been working towards in office already. He was a big advocate for the Clean Power Plan, which works to reduce carbon emissions. Alongside this, Ben understand the need to develop more alternative fuels and introduce cleaner options.
In Congress, Ben supported the Water Resources Development Act. The bill grants funds to replace lead pipes in schools, daycares, and low-income communities, which protects the public from contaminated drinking water and making sure the water infrastructure is safe. Furthermore, Ben has worked to protect ecosystems in the Chesapeake Bay by supporting the Chesapeake Bay Oyster Recovery Program, which stretches through Maryland and Virginia, and works to restore oyster populations in the bay by cleaning the waters and making the bay habitable for many species.
Tony Campbell (R) – Rank: Weak
Tony doesn’t discuss environmental issues on his campaign site, but a political courage test tells us a little about his stances. He opposes funding renewable energy but supports regulating greenhouse gas emissions (source).
Arvin Vohra (Libertarian) – Rank: Unknown
Although Arvin discusses some key issues on his website, environmental and energy issues are not one of them.
Neal Simon (Independent) – Rank: Unknown
Although Neal discusses some key issues on his website, environmental and energy issues are not one of them.
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Jesse Colvin (D) – Rank: Good
Big on protecting the Chesapeake Bay and restoring its ecosystems. He recognizes that environmental protections for the Bay (specifically those that target pollution prevention and restoration) are an investment in your district’s environment, public health, and local economy. Your economy is deeply connected to the success of the Bay (fishermen, tourists, etc.), and losing the quality of this natural wonder could have dangerous results for the future of your district and state. Jesse Also supports funding renewable energy developments, especially in solar installation, and keeping water clean and free of pollutants.
Andy Harris (R) – Incumbent – Rank: Bad
Andy supports energy independence, including domestic natural gas and oil, extracted in “an environmentally safe and conscientious manner” and shows interest in looking for cleaner sources. He wants to lift bans on fossil fuel exploration in some parts of the country in order to obtain energy independence, which isn’t a line we’re looking to cross. Andy also supports the Keystone XL pipeline and has a poor LCV score of just 3% (source).
Jenica Martin (Libertarian) – Rank: Weak
Supports renewable energy developments and conserving the environment, but does not discuss this much further.
Your current representative is not a bad choice. In fact, he’s done a number of great things, including pushing for the Chesapeake Clean Water & Ecosystem Restoration Act (which reduces pollution and runoff in the bay) and opposing any legislation that intends to weaken the EPA or the Clean Air & Water Acts. Additionally, he supported bills to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and programs that encourage farmers, businesses, and residents to increase energy efficiency through tax credits. All these things, we love. However, Dutch supports an “all of the above” energy approach, meaning it isn’t all about the renewables (but he does express a strong preference for developing these further). Dutch is also looking at our natural gas reserves and tapping into this non-renewable energy source as a way of achieving energy independence. That being said, he does explain his willingness to consider supporting a carbon tax and other legislation that ensures the “environmentally safe” means of using and extracting fossil fuels, and his LCV score is a decent 87% (source).
Liz Matory (R) – Rank: Unknown
Liz’ campaign site does not discuss environmental or energy issues.
Michael Carney (Libertarian) – Rank: Unknown
Although Michael’s FB campaign page discusses a few key issues, environmental and energy issues are not one of them.
Guy Mimoun (Green Party) – Rank: Strong
Like many Green Party members, Guy supports a New Green Deal, which pushes for investments and legislation in renewable energy, green infrastructure, and means of reducing carbon emissions. Guy especially supports green energy job creation nationwide and eliminating all subsidies in the fossil fuel industry.
Guy also recognizes the damage that factory farming, pesticides, and GMOs cause to our air and water (via pollution) and ecosystem (via upsetting the balance with GMOs). He applauds the small efforts of sustainable food production but supports investments in developing organic and sustainable farming practices so that this success can expand outside of individual communities and have a greater impact.
- Incumbent since 2007
- Energy and Commerce
- Subcommittee on Energy
- Co-chair of the bipartisan Chesapeake Bay Watershed Caucus
We have a lot of great things to cover for John, but we’ll start with the acts he’s written. First, we have the No Child Left Inside Act. This act (which has been incorporated into a new federal education act, that passed into law) encourages outdoor learning and environmental education for children to carry on into healthy lifestyles.
Next up, the Government By the People Act. This act deals more with government technicalities than the environment, however, it’s worth noting because of how much oil companies influence elections, and therefore, policies. John’s act works against this kind of influence by encouraging people’s involvement in supporting campaigns through donation matches for individuals. Lastly, John wrote a bill to promote local action in the Chesapeake Bay cleanup, called Save the Chesapeake Bay Homeowner Act.
When it comes to the Bay, John is pretty concerned. He’s worked hard to educate fellow congresspeople on the matter and gain their attention and support for its restoration. He fully supports the “pollution diet” plan from the EPA, which works to reduce runoff from multiple states into the Bay watershed.
Additionally, John cosponsors bills that place more fracking restrictions and regulations in order to protect drinking water, prevent oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and opposed the Keystone XL Pipeline. He also has a great LCV score of 96% (source).
Charles Anthony (R) – Rank: Unknown
We were unable to find information on Charles’ sustainability platform.
David Lashar (Libertarian) – Rank: Unknown
Although Michael’s campaign website discusses a few key issues, environmental and energy issues are not one of them.
- Incumbent since 2016
- Lieutenant Governor, State of Maryland, 2006-2015
Anthony has been working toward environmental solutions for a while. He understands the importance of regulation in order to protect the air, water, and land, especially when it comes to the Chesapeake Bay. He supported initiatives to plant crops near the Bay to protect it from runoff, as well as fully supporting the Oyster Restoration and Aquaculture Plan in order to clean up the Bay and rebuild the aquatic ecosystems.
Furthermore, Anthony supported the Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act, which expands the state’s renewable energy with wind. He’s also helped with energy efficiency and reducing energy demand with goals for EmPOWER Maryland. Plus, he showed support for a 10-State cooperative plan to reduce carbon emissions.
In Congress, Anthony vows to support clean energy with tax incentives, support a strengthening of the Clean Water Act, and support and implement the Clean Power Plan (which helps reduce emissions). He’s also focused on recognizing environmental injustice when it comes to lower-income communities and working to level and fight the effects of climate change across the country, not just those with money. As a bonus, he has a perfect LCV of 100% (source).
George McDermott (R) – Rank: Good
All of our environmental info for George is coming from a political courage test in 2016, but the results here are good and green! He supports funding renewable energy and regulating greenhouse gas emissions, fearing for future generations if climate change is not addressed on a large scale. He is also “highly skeptical” of the fracking industry to ensure the safety of the land and water near fracking sites and therefore supports stricter fracking regulations. George also opposed the Keystone XL Pipeline (source).
David Bishop (Libertarian) – Rank: Weak
His campaign site states, his “career is in environmental protection focusing on petroleum clean up and storage, not necessarily climate studies.” He’s on the green side of things but doesn’t have very developed plans for dealing with these issues.
- Incumbent since 1981
Steny has been supporting major environmental bills for a long time. He’s advocated for funding to protect Maryland’s open spaces and wildlife, and initiatives to restore and protect the Chesapeake Bay and surrounding rivers. He’s concerned with keeping air, land, and water free of pollutants and safe for the public, which is why he supports an increase in renewable energy and regulating greenhouse gas emissions. Plus, he has a pretty good LCV score of 82% (source).
William Devine III (R) – Rank: Unknown
We were unable to find information regarding Devine’s sustainability platform.
Jacob Pulcher (Libertarian) – Rank: Unknown
Although Jacob’s Facebook campaign page discusses a few key issues, environmental and energy issues are not one of them.
Patrick Elder (Green Party) – Rank: Strong
Patrick is quick to demand attention to the state of our environment by pointing out the pollution in your district (like the Potomac and other waterways that suffers pollution from military actions). Contaminated sites in this district have contributed to pollutants and toxins in your land and groundwater, making a significant portion of drinking water in Maryland dangerous.
Your Green Party candidate supports renewable energy, big time. He’s looking to get our nation running on 100% renewables by 2050, and place a tax on carbon in order to reduce our use of fossil fuels and carbon emissions. Patrick also supports international agreements on how to address climate change, particularly those with emission reduction.
David Trone (D) – Rank: Strong
David has a lot of environmental stuff on his mind. First up, rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement. Secondly, ensuring the Clean Power Plan remains intact and enforceable. Then, he’s looking to keep the EPA fully funded and properly functional, with a strengthening of the Clean Air Act. Additionally, he supports protecting the wildlife, investing in clean, renewable energy, and protecting the Chesapeake Bay.
Amie Hoeber (R) – Rank: Bad
Amie doesn’t discuss environmental or energy issues on her campaign site, but a political courage test shows that she does not think the government should interfere with energy options or provide incentives for renewables (source).
Kevin Caldwell (Libertarian) – Rank: Unknown
Although Kevin’s campaign website discusses a few key issues, environmental and energy issues are not one of them.
George Gluck (Green Party) – Rank: Good
George’s environmental plans are pretty underdeveloped, but he does recognize how important it is to address climate change and create solutions. He’s pushing for green energy jobs in your state and countrywide, opposes oil pipelines, and supports electric vehicles.
Our primary pick: Elijah Cummings – Rank: Strong
- Incumbent since 1996
Elijah supports some good sustainable basics, like renewable energy and regulating greenhouse gas emissions, but his big green ticket is the Chesapeake Bay Clean Water and Ecosystem Restoration Act. We’ve got a lot to talk about with this.
Broadly, the act determines different government responsibilities for the Bay watershed, including local, state, and federal levels. (Note that this would extend to surrounding states too, not just Maryland.) In doing so, it helps hold polluters and governments responsible when it comes to restoration and pollution prevention. While acknowledging previous research done on the bay, the act requires the state governments to develop responsibility and restoration plans and send progress reports to the EPA and the public, specifically addressing progress with preventing nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment pollution in the bay. The act also provides a huge sum of money to the cleanup efforts for the bay and promotes incentives for local businesses to also get involved in the cleanup.
Elijah is a good green option with his work for the Bay, and he has a great LCV lifetime score of 92%. You should note, however, that his green voting record took a dip last year (2017) with a score of just 63% (source). We hope to see him redeem a good record if he is re-elected.
Richmond Davis (R) – Rank: Unknown
Although Richmond’s campaign website discusses a few key issues, environmental and energy issues are not one of them.
David Griggs (Libertarian) – Rank: Unknown
Although Richmond’s campaign website discusses many key issues, environmental and energy issues are not one of them.
Our primary pick: Jamie Raskin – Rank: Strong
- Incumbent since 2016
- Subcommittee on the Interior, Energy and Environment
Jamie has worked to increase renewable energy in Maryland already by co-sponsoring the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act, which aims to reduce 40% of the emissions by 2030. He also helped pass standards that require the state to develop recycling and composting plans with the Green Maryland Act. In Congress, Jamie plans to continue this kind of work and support a carbon tax, carbon fee-and-dividend policies, and a “Green Deal” that aims to fight climate change. He also has a perfectly clean and green LCV record of 100% (source).
John Walsh (R) – Rank: Unknown
Although John’s campaign website discusses a few key issues, environmental and energy issues are not one of them.
Jasen Wunder (Libertarian) – Rank: Weak
Jasen’s campaign only really speaks to one environmental issue, which is protecting the Chesapeake Bay, but he does not explain how he plans to do this.