“A clean environment is essential to a high quality of life for every American. Washington state is home to tremendous natural beauty and many Washingtonians are recreation enthusiasts. During my time in the Senate, I have consistently fought for legislation that protects our environment and supports the unique resources and quality of life we enjoy in Washington. I believe that environmental protection is compatible with long-term economic growth, and I have joined with local leaders to protect our state’s environment, enhance recreational opportunities in the region, and promote innovative, locally-based approaches.”

My Priorities

  • Upholding robust environmental laws to prevent future environmental degradation.
  • Supporting sensible policies to address climate change.
  • Preserving and protecting public lands and Washington state’s backcountry.
  • Increasing environmental education and research opportunities.
  • Ensuring environmental programs receive adequate federal support.
  • Providing adequate funding for the National Park Service and the United States Forest Service to ensure appropriate management of our federal lands.

My Accomplishments

  • Championed the Wild Sky Wilderness Act, which was signed into law in May 2008 – the first new wilderness area in Washington state in 20 years.
  • Led efforts to increase federal support and ensure the timely cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in order to protect local residents and the surrounding natural resources.
  • Annually lead the fight for funding of the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund for salmon restoration projects throughout the Pacific Northwest.
  • Fought to defend the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act from legislative attacks.
  • Led efforts to designate the Hanford Reach National Monument, which includes a 51-mile, free-flowing stretch of the Columbia River and key salmon spawning ground.
  • Helped create – and continue to support – the Northwest Straits Initiative to restore vital marine ecosystems in the Puget Sound and the straits of Georgia and Juan de Fuca through locally-driven projects and partnerships.