2020 Endorsements

What we consider in issuing endorsements: First and foremost, a candidate’s public statements regarding climate change. Do you mention specific climate change action in your stump speech? Did you show up at a People’s Climate March? Do you have a thoughtful statement on your website? We also look at viability, although we will back longshots when we find a compelling reason to do so.

We do not endorse mediocre Democrats, no matter how vehemently a Republican opponent may deny climate science. We only endorse when we are convinced that the candidate will commit to strong climate action in Congress.

We like primaries. And in 2018 we won 6 out of 8 primaries in which we endorsed — a better track record than any of the larger groups whose endorsement records were compiled by FiveThirtyEight.

Climate Hawks Vote does not accept contributions from fossil-fuel corporations, executives, or lobbyists. We are a federal Super PAC, which means that we are an independent expenditure committee and can’t endorse in state/local races. We do network with others on the lookout for climate hawks who can think globally and lead locally.

U.S. Senate - Massachusetts

Ed Markey

Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts has an outstanding record as a climate hawk, both in the House and now as a Senator. In the House, he was the “Markey” of the cap and trade Waxman-Markey bill of 2009. In the Senate, he’s authored strong climate bills, such as bills to ban oil exports, an anti-Keystone XL bill, coal leasing reform bills, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge protection, and more. Most recently, Markey is the coauthor of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ Green New Deal -- his S. Res. 59 is the counterpart to her H. Res. 109. And Massachusetts climate hawks told us to endorse Ed, 91 percent to 7 percent.

Ed Markey

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WV-02

Cathy Kunkel

We’re endorsing climate hawk Cathy Kunkel in West Virginia. Not a typo: she’s a climate hawk in West Virginia with a good shot at unseating incumbent extremist Republican Alex Mooney in West Virginia’s second district. Cathy is running to give voice to West Virginians who aren’t given opportunities available in other communities. She wants a genuine plan for a just transition for the coal miners and those who depend on them -- and of course she supports a Green New Deal.

Cathy Kunkel

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U.S. Senate - Colorado

Andrew Romanoff

We’re endorsing Andrew Romanoff for U.S. Senate, running on a bold Green New Deal agenda. Among the ten candidates for the Democratic nomination in Colorado, Andrew has stood out for his clear vision and commitment to serious climate action. You may have already seen Andrew’s first ad -- it went viral for its stark portrait of a near future in which it’s 127 degrees outside. But we didn’t endorse Andrew without listening to Colorado climate hawks who’ve had the chance to see all of the candidates up close and personal. Among a deeply fractured field, Andrew led our surveys with a commanding majority.

Andrew Romanoff

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