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Forum: Congressional Candidates Positions on Climate Change | Elections


Our top scientific institutions, the U.S. military, NASA, NOAA, and nearly all 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 fossil fuels. Many leaders in Congress are also spreading disinformation and confusion 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 Illinois in the United States Congress have an important role in supporting efforts to solve the issue. We've researched every district and made it easy for you to lookup your representatives' positions on climate. Enter an address in the form below to find your House representative.

Find Your Voter District and Congress Representatives' Positions on Climate

There are 435 representatives in the U.S. House and 100 in the Senate. Enter an address to find your district's representatives and their positions on climate.
Updated January 27, 2018

Tammy Duckworth defeated climate denier Mark Kirk in 2016 to become senator for Illinois. Duckworth has the support of numerous environment groups.
"As a new parent, I feel a particular responsibility to act in the face of overwhelming scientific consensus about global climate change, and you have my commitment that in the Senate I will continue to work with these groups and everyone else who accepts scientific reality and is committed to solving this existential threat." - Tammy Duckworth
Richard Durbin is the other senator for Illinois. He also supports efforts to solve climate change.
The existence of man-made climate change is not a debatable issue, nor is it a vague or distant threat. It is a situation that requires serious attention immediately - Richard J. Durbin

House of Representatives

Illinois 1: Incumbent Bobby Rush is a supporter of climate change efforts. August Deuser was the Republican challenger, in 2016 and climate change is not on his campaign agenda.
Illinois 2: Incumbent Robin Kelley is supports climate change efforts, saying, "Reliance on foreign fossil fuels is too expensive, exposes us to political and security risks associated with purchasing oil from unstable and undemocratic regimes, and fails to combat the negative impact of climate change." John Morrow challenged as a Republican in 2016. Although we could not find an official statement on the subject, we did find some evidence that John Morrow supports curbing greenhouse gas emmissions and believes humans are causing global warming.
Illinois 3: Incumbent Dan Lipinski is a supporter of efforts to combat climate change.
Illinois 4: Incumbent Luis Gutiérrez is a supporter of efforts to combat climate change.
Illinois 5: Incumbent Mike Quigley is a supporter of climate change efforts.
Illinois 6: Peter Roskam was on President Obama's list of climate change deniers, meaning he is blocking progress in Congress on the climate change problem. Peter Roskam says the conclusions scientists have made on climate change are "junk science". Amanda Howland challenged for the seat in 2016, and has called out Peter Roskam for his denial on the climate change issue.
Illinois 7: Incumbent Danny Davis indicates he supports efforts to combat climate change.
Illinois 8: Raja Krishnamoorthi, who included fighting climate change in his campaign, won this seat in 2016. In 2017, he criticized Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris agreement on climate.
Abandoning the commitments we made in the Paris Climate Agreement is a massive self-inflicted wound to our environment, our global influence, and our economy. - Raja Krishnamoorthi
Illinois 9: Incumbent Jan Schakowsky is a supporter of climate change efforts. Joan McCarthy Lasonde challenged as a Republican in 2016, without providing any evidence she is breaking with the party line against progress on climate change.
Illinois 10: Brad Schneider, a supporter of efforts on climate change., won this seat in 2016.
Illinois 11: Incumbent Bill Foster is a scientist and serves on the Science Committee, where he says he's fighting back against Republican efforts to cut research funding and muzzle climate change research. Bill Foster's campaign says his stance on global warming rests on these principles:

  • - The observed global warming is dangerous and real.
  • - At least half of the observed global warming is human-caused, so action is imperative.
  • - It is our responsibility to fix this problem in the way that does the least damage our economic growth in the U.S. and throughout the world.

Republican Tonia Khouri challenged Bill Foster in 2016 for Illinois 11; we were unable to find any indication she is breaking with the Republican party line against efforts on climate change.
Illinois 12: Mike Bost is representing Illinois 12 with a position against efforts on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and against making progress on climate change. He made President Obama's list of representatives blocking action in congress while denying the reality of climate change. C.J. Baricevic was the challenger against him in 2016.
Illinois 13: Rodney Davis made the President Obama's list of members of Congress who are blocking action on climate change. Rodney Davis has a record in congress that goes against pretty much everything environment, favoring big oil and fossil fuel and attempting to stamp out efforts towards progress on developing technology that could eventually replace our fossil fuel dependencies. Mark Wicklund challenged in 2016 with an agenda that supported climate change, but he lost.
Illinois 14: Randy Hultgren represents with a completely ignorant view of climate change. Some of his quotes show a complete lack of comprehension of the problem of global warming. He made President Obama's list of members of congress who are blocking action on climate change based on his record and his complete misunderstanding on the issue. Jim Walz challenging in 2016 with the understanding that climate change is real.
Illinois 15: John Shimkus is representing Illinois 15th district with an anti-environment position on climate change. He was on the President Obama's list of climate change deniers, and is blocking progress in Congress on the issue.
Illinois 16: Adam Kinzinger represents the district with a moderate view on climate change, but his record does not support action on solving the problem. He seems willing to acknowledge global warming exists but is unwilling to support any regulations on the emissions of greenhouse gases that cause climate change other than further development of nuclear.
Illinois 17: Cheri Bustos votes pro-environment and supports efforts on climate change. In 2016, she was challenged by Republican Patrick Harlan, who did not list climate change as an issue in his campaign and provides no evidence of breaking with his party's stance against progress on the climate change issue.
Illinois 18: Darin LaHood represents Illinois 18 with a position against regulating greenhouse gas emissions and he makes no indications we can find that he supports any efforts on climate change.

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