Jana is running for office on a pro-solar, pro-jobs platform. She can win this red Texas district because she’s a strong candidate running in an open seat. Joe Barton has been one of the worst polluter-financed politicians in Congress since he was first elected in 1984, earning the nickname “Smokey Joe” for his endless attacks on the Clean Air Act; he's retired, thanks to a sexting scandal, and Jana now faces his former chief of staff, who will be his clone.
Update: Jana won her primary!
We’re excited to announce our first endorsement for the 2018 House of Representatives: Jana Lynne Sanchez, running to be the fossil-free Democratic opponent against incumbent climate denier Joe Barton in Texas’ 6th Congressional District. Texas’ primary is March 6, one of the first in the nation.
Jana Lynne Sanchez just might be the bravest candidate in Texas—she’s the first candidate from this oil-and-gas state to publicly sign our pledge not to take any money from the fossil-fuel industry.
Jana is running for office on a pro-solar, pro-jobs platform. She’s doing the work to get into office, with fundraising far outpacing the other candidates in the primary. She’s organizing — helping other Texas Latina Democrats running for Congress and state legislature. She’s traveled to Houston for hurricane relief work. And over 73 percent of the people we surveyed in the district voted for her – because we listen to grassroots activists.
Jana can win this red Texas district because she’s a strong candidate running against a weak incumbent. Barton has been one of the worst polluter-financed politicians in Congress since he was first elected in 1984, earning the nickname “Smokey Joe” for his endless attacks on the Clean Air Act. When BP caused the Deepwater Horizon disaster, Barton demanded that then-President Barack Obama apologize to them. Barton has a long track record of ridiculous comments in defense of the fossil-fuel industry, like his claim that global warming is a “net benefit to mankind.”
Barton isn’t just a denier of climate science—Barton votes to deny relief to the survivors of climate disasters, even his fellow Texans. In September, he was just one of four Texans to vote against relief for Hurricane Harvey. Then in October, he doubled down as one of just three of Texans voting to deny relief to Americans surviving the western wildfires and Hurricanes Maria, Irma, and (again) Harvey.
We don’t have to watch climate deniers like Joe Barton get re-elected year after year without putting up a fight. We can help climate champions like Jana Lynne Sanchez sweep into office across this nation.