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Our top scientific institutions, the U.S. military, NASA, NOAA, and other credible experts say pollution is causing our planet to get warmer. Still, false information designed to discredit climate science is actively promoted by organizations with ties to coal and oil. Many leaders in Congress are also spreading disinformation about the climate. While fossil fuel companies are generating enormous profits, we ultimately will bear the costs associated with extreme weather and rising sea levels. Representatives for California in the United States Congress have an important role in supporting efforts to solve the issue. Find your representatives and their positions on climate by using the form below.

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Updated 2019
United States Senate
Kamala Harris (California Attorney General) and Dianne Feinstein also represent California as senators - both are in favor of addressing climate change.


United States House of Representatives

California, as a very progressive state, sends quite a few representatives to congress who are unwilling to move forward and address climate change.

District 1: Doug LaMalfa represents California's first district. He is against efforts to solve climate change.
"It's bad science. It's Al Gore. It's a naturally occurring cycle. You should look at the numbers." - Doug LaMalfa California District 1
District 2: Jared Huffman represents district 2; he is an advocate for climate change solutions and calls out climate change deniers in Congress. He has beeen challenged by Republican Dale Mensing. We could not find any evidence that Dale Mensing is breaking with his party on climate change.
District 3: John Garamendi represents district three with a positive stance towards addressing climate change.
District 4: Tom McClintock, who represents this area to the east and south of Sacramento that includes Lake Tahoe, says the debate is not over on climate change. He thinks the conclusions of science are up for "debate". Tom McClintock is on the President's list of climate change deniers in Congress who are blocking progress on the issue. A movement is growing to replace McClintock and several challengers are lining as the election approaches.
We're all told of course the debate is over and that all the scientists agree... and as all of you know, that is succinctly not the case. - Tom McClintock
District 5: Mike Thompson represents district 5 with a positive stance towards combatting climate change.
District 6: Representative Doris Matsui in district 6 is a long-time advocate for climate change solutions.
District 7: Ami Bera represents district 7 which includes the Sacramento area. Her campaign website says she understands climate change is real and supports efforts to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.
District 8: Paul Cook is the Republican representative for district 8. He does not believe humans cause climate change, and votes against efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Congress, saying "These regulations are another example of this lawless administration side-stepping Congress and over-regulating the American economy."
District 9: Jerry McNerney represents district 9 - he supports alternative energy and efforts to combat climate change in Congress.
District 10: Josh Harder won this seat, beating Jeff Denham in 2018. Josh Harder accepts climate science. The former representative, Jeff Denham, was on President Obama's list of climate change deniers for blocking progress in Congress on climate change, for saying things like, "We don't have complete factual information yet."
Some wouldn't view them as skeptics. Some would view them as the right side of the issue. We don't have complete factual information yet. From what I have seen the Earth has heated and cooled on its own for centuries. - Jeff Denham
District 11: Mark DeSaulnier is the incumbent, and he backs efforts to fight climate change in Congress.
District 12: Nancy Pelosi needs no introduction. She represents district 12 with climate change on her agenda.
District 13: Barbara Lee is supporting efforts on climate change in Congress as the representative for this district.
District 14: Jackie Speier represents district 14, urging action on climate change.
District 15: Eric Swalwell represents district 15 - he is a supporter of efforts to combat climate change.
District 16: Jim Costa represents this district saying he supports efforts on climate change. He has a somewhat mixed record on voting on the issue.
District 17: Ro Khanna is a supporter of efforts on the environment.
District 18: This San Francisco Bay Area district is represented by Anna Eshoo. Her website acknowledges that "Climate change is one of the most serious issues facing our nation and our planet. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the leading international body for the assessment of climate change, has stated with greater than 90 percent certainty that most of the observed increase in global temperatures since the mid-20th Century is due to increased concentrations of heat-trapping gases caused by human activities." She is a supporter of efforts to slow climate change in Congress.
District 19: District 19, which includes much of San Jose, is represented by Zoe Lofgren, and advocate for moving away from fossil fuels and a supporter of efforts on climate change.
District 20: Jimmy Panetta won this district in 2016 - he supports efforts to fight global warming/climate change in Congress.
District 21: TJ Cox represents District 21. This San Joaquin Valley district was previously represented by David Valadao, who did not support efforts to fight climate change in Congress. Democrat challenger TJ Cox is a supporter of clean air and clean energy, and he favors efforts to combat climate change.
District 22: Devin Nunes represents district 22 as a denier of the facts on climate change, making claims that scientists have doubts on the causes of climate change, and blocking progress in Congress on efforts to solve the problem.
However, scientists admit that they cannot be sure whether the Earth's temperature is rising due to cyclical warming and cooling processes, or whether and how much humans are influencing it. - Devin Nunes
District 23: Kevin McCarthy represents district 23 which includes the southern Sierra mountains and part of the Mojave desert. He's standing against efforts in Congress to combat climate change. Wendy Reed challenged but lost as a Democrat - she accepts the conclusions of scientists on climate change and supports federal efforts to fight the problem.
District 24: Salud Carbajal won in 2016 as a Democrat, and included leadership on climate change in his campaign. He has the endorsement of environmental groups. Justin Fareed has challenged recently as a Republican, saying he supports renewable energy, but also supports fossil fuels. We could find no evidence that Justin Fareed breaks with the Republican party's stance against regulating greenhouse gas emissions.
District 25: Katie Hill won this seat in 2018, defeating Steve Knight. While not denying climate change is real, Steve Knight did not support federal efforts to fight the problem. He stated that efforts California put in place to fight greenhouse gas emissions "should not be replicated at the federal level." Katie Hill supports efforts to address climate change.
District 26: Julia Brownley represents district 26 - she's a supporter of efforts on climate change and has the endorsement on conservation groups.
District 27: Judy Chu represents the 27th district with a view that supports climate change efforts on a federal level and globally.
District 28: Adam Schiff represents district 28 by favoring efforts to fight climate change.
District 29: Tony Cardenas represents district 29 by supporting efforts on climate change in Congress.
District 30: Brad Sherman represents district 30 in the Western San Fernando Valley part of Los Angeles county with a view that supports Congressional efforts on climate change. Mark Reed has challenged and lost as a Republican. Mark Reed does not believe humans are causing climate change and his campaign website includes misinformation on the subject of climate change science.
District 31: Pete Aguilar represents this San Bernardino County district. He has the support of conservation groups and supports efforts to solve climate change.
District 32: Grace Napolitano represents this district in Los Angeles County with a view that favors efforts to solve climate change.
District 33: Ted Lieu represents this coastal Los Angeles County district as a proponent of efforts to solve climate change.
District 34: Jimmy Gomez represents the district by treating climate change as a threat and advocating for efforts to fight the problem.
District 35: Norma Torres represents district 35 by advocating for California to take leadership on the climate change issue.
District 36: Raul Ruiz represents district 36. He has the support of environment groups who call him a "clean energy champion".
District 37: Karen Bass represents district 37 in Los Angeles County with a stance favoring combatting climate change efforts.
District 38: Linda Sanchez represents district 38. She says she is concerned about climate change and that environmental problems disproportionately affect Latinos.
District 39: Gil CisnerosGil Cisneros represents district 39, which includes parts of Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino counties. Gil is an advocate for solving climate change.
District 40: Lucille Roybal-Allard represents this heavily Democratic district with fighting climate change as a stated issue in her campaign.
District 41: Mark Takano represents district 41 in western Riverside county - he accepts climate science and is an advocate for solutions.
District 42: Ken Calvert represents district 42. He has supported efforts in Congress to undermine the conclusions of climate scientists, he votes against efforts to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, and votes no against enforcing regulations on greenhouse gas emissions.
District 43: Maxine Waters represents district 43 by advocating for climate change solutions. She has stood up to companies denying the facts on climate change by writing that "The First Amendment protects freedom of speech, but it does not protect companies from defrauding the American people or improperly disclosing information to their shareholders."
District 44: Nanette Barragan is a Democrat who advocates for climate solutions and has the endorsement of conservation groups.
District 45: Former representative Mimi Walters voted against the environment quite often, but was known as a moderate by Republican standards on climate change.  Katie Porter defeated Mimi Walters and now represents the district with a stance that favors efforts on climate.
District 46: Lou Correa represents the district. He says he supports climate efforts, but receives relatively low scores by conservation groups for his environmental voting record.
District 47: Alan Lowenthal is the representative for district 47, and he has supported the movement to solve climate change in Congress.
District 48: District 48, which includes Huntington Beach and surrounding areas in Orange County, is now represented by Harley Rouda, who favors efforts to solve climate change. Previously, the district was represented by Dana Rohrabacher, one of the noted deniers of climate change science in Congress. Dana Rohrabacher was known for perpetuating false arguments against the conclusions of climate scientists in order to block progress in Congress on the issue.
Too often, when congress is asked to pass environmental legislation, the legislation is based on emotional junk science rather than data based on reproducable, rigorous, tested, peer-reviewed results. In no area has this been more obvious than climate change. - Dana Rohrabacher
District 49: Mike Levin won this coastal San Diego County district, replacing the previous representative, Darrell Issa. Darrell Issa had been recognized for his efforts to deny climate science in Congress.  He was included in President Obama's climate change deniers list website.
"the science community does not agree to the extent of the problem or the critical threshold of when this problem is truly catastrophic." - Darrell Issa, California district 49, on climate change
Mike Levin is a champion of efforts to solve climate.
District 50: Duncan D. Hunter represents California's 50th district, which includes much of the inland parts of San Diego County. Duncan D. Hunter is another California representative who achieved a spot on President Obama's list of climate change deniers for blocking progress in Congress on climate change.
"Thousands of people die every year of cold, so if we had global warming it would save lives ... We ought to look out for people. The earth can take care of itself." - Duncan D. Hunter, California's 50th District
District 51: Juan Vargas represents district 51 with a position supporting efforts on climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Juan Hidalgo challenged recently and lost as a Republican, without stating he is breaking with his party's anti-science stance on climate change.
District 52: Scott Peters represents district 52, touting a record of fighting for climate change solutions.
District 53: Susan Davis represents district 53 as an advocate for efforts to solve climate change in Congress.
In California's House elections, note that several of California's elected House representatives have been blocking efforts to solve climate change. These representatives have been in leadership positions while regurgitating boilerplate misinformation about climate science. Jeff Denham, Doug LaMalfa, Dana Rohrabacher, Devin Nunes (22nd), Darrell Issa (49th), Duncan Hunter (50th), and Tom McClintock are among California's recently in-power climate deniers.

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