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Our top scientific institutions, the U.S. military, NASA, NOAA, leading companies in the oil industry (including Shell and British Petroleum), 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, and many leaders in Congress are also spreading disinformation for political reasons. While fossil fuel companies are generating enormous profits, we ultimately will bear the costs associated with extreme weather and rising sea levels. Representatives for Texas 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.
United States Senate Representatives for Texas
Updated February 2, 2018
Ted Cruz represents Texas as senator. He says climate change is not happening. Ted Cruz routinely promotes false, cherry picked arguments in an attempt to discredit climate science. He is up for re-election in 2018 and several candidates are lining up for the race. Among the challengers, Beto O'Rourke is running with an agenda that includes addressing climate change.
The radical left loves attacking people as anti-science when anyone dares question their computer models on global warming. - Ted Cruz
The other senator for Texas is John Cornyn. John Cornyn seems to at least acknowledge that climate change is happening and he admits that humans are at least contributing to it. So, he smart enough to not deny the obvious. However, his voting record is nearly 100% anti-environment and he supported the U.S. pull out of the global Paris agreement on climate change. He does not support any efforts to address climate change.

United States House of Representatives, Texas
District 1: Louie Gohmert represents district 1 by adamantly arguing that climate change is not happening.
Apparently this climate change was global freezing back in the 1970s. Then global warming and then, when it quit warming, now it's climate change. - Louie Gohmert, demonstrating a misunderstanding of climate science
District 2: Ted Poe represents district 2 by advocating conspiracy theories about climate science. He claims, falsely, that scientists are behind a conspiracy to manipulate data to make a false case for climate change.
District 3: Sam Johnson, a climate denier, is retiring this seat. Several candidates are lining up for the race in 2018, including another Sam Johnson, Democrat in this case. Send us an update on your favorite candidates and we'll be updating as we are able.
District 4: John Ratcliffe represents district 4 in Texas. He is adamantly against addressing climate change and has never voted for anything pro-environment as far as we can tell.
District 5: Jeb Hensarling, who is against addressing climate change, is retiring his position in 2018. Numerous candidates are lining up for the race in 2018. We'll try to update as the election approaches, so please send us information on your favorite candidates.
District 6: Joe Barton, who has proposed that climate change would be good for us, is retiring. Numerous candidates are lining up for the 2018 race. Let us know if you have information on candidates.
District 7: John Culberson represents district 7 in Texas by promoting false claims about climate science. He is against efforts in Congress to address climate change. He's attacked the EPA for attempting to regulate CO2 as a pollutant, and promoted false conspiracy theories that attempt to discredit climate scientists. Numerous challengers are lining up for this race in 2018.
District 8: Kevin Brady represents district 8 by denying reality when it comes to climate change. He has promoted false conspiracy theories such as "climategate" - a debunked attempt to discredit climate scientists.
District 9: Al Green represents district 9 in Texas. He has favorable views towards addressing climate change.
With the release of the International Panel on Climate Change report, there is clear scientific consensus that human activities, and particularly the burning of fossil fuels, have increased emissions of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) and other trace greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming. - Al Green
District 10: Michael McCaul represents district 10. He has taken large sums of money from oil and gas companies, and has generally dismissed climate science and at times promoted false conspiracy theories to attempt to discredit climate scientists. Michael McCaul has consistently voted anti-environment.
District 11: Michael Conaway represents district 11 in Texas. He promotes misleading arguments about climate science, and is against efforts to address climate change. Science is never settled … they changed the phraseology because the climate isn’t warming. - Michael Conaway
District 12: Kay Granger, representative for district 12 in Texas, is against efforts to address climate change. She voted to cancel the Clean Power Plan and has spoken out against the EPA.
District 13: Mac Thornberry represents district 13. He's a full blown climate denier, and has a nearly perfect record of voting anti-environment.
The temperature of the Earth has fluctuated over time. At one point, much of the Northern Hemisphere was covered with ice, for example. A number of factors influence the Earth’s temperature, including variations in the amount of heat coming from the sun, changes in the Earth’s orbit, shifts in the continents through plate tectonics, and levels of volcanic activity. Obviously, we cannot do much to affect those factors. - Mac Thornberry, demonstrating a lack of understanding of climate science
District 14: Randy Weber represents district 14 in Texas. He displays considerable misunderstandings about climate science while advocating against efforts to address climate change.
District 15: Vicente Gonzalez represents district 15. He is in favor of taking measures to address climate change.
I do believe climate change is a real threat. I believe that we need to develop policy that promotes job creation with responsible development but protects communities impacted from flaring, stripping, water contamination, water shortage, hazardous waste, unsafe living conditions, and other infrastructure deficiencies. - Vicente Gonzalez
District 16: Beto O'Rourke represents district 16 in Texas. He's retiring the seat to run for senator against Ted Cruz. Beto O'Rourke has a positive record on the environment and is in favor of taking steps to address climate change.  Several candidates are lining up for the race for this seat in 2018.
District 17: Bill Flores represents district 17 in Texas. He's shifted from attempting to discredit climate science to acknowledging that climate change is happening. However, he holds a position against efforts in Congress to address the problem.
District 18: Sheila Jackson Lee represents district 18 with a positive stance towards addressing climate change.
We cannot afford to deny the reality of climate change, or to roll back our commitment to a sustainable future for all the generations to come. - Sheila Jackson Lee
District 19: Jodey Arrington represents district 19. He is against efforts to address climate change, and has wrongly suggested that the scientists are not in agreement on climate change.
District 20: Joaquín Castro represents district 20 as a proponent of efforts to address climate change. He was against Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris accord on climate.
Leaving the Paris Agreement is an abandonment of U.S. global leadership. With the President’s decision today, the United States joins Syria and Nicaragua as one of only three nations in the world not to participate in the deal. - Joaquín Castro
District 21: Lamar Smith is set to retire this seat in 2018. He was one of the worst climate deniers in Congress, and was outspoken in his misleading attacks on climate scientists. Numerous challengers are lining up for the race in 2018.
District 22: Pete Olson represents district 22 in Texas. He is against efforts to address climate change, and supported the Trump decision to pull out of the Paris agreement on climate.
District 23: Will Hurd represents district 23. He has voted consistently anti-environment, including on climate change. However, the Republican has at least acknowledged humans are causing climate change. Numerous challengers are lining up for the race in 2018.
District 24: Kenny Marchant represents district 24 by opposing legislation designed to address climate change. He does not say much on the subject, but consistently votes against the environment. Several challengers are lining up for the race in this district in 2018.
District 25: Roger Williams represents district 25 by consistently voting anti-environment. He is against efforts to address climate change in Congress.
District 26: Michael Burgess represents this district by consistently voting against measures to address climate change. He says his opinion is that the science is not settled.
District 27: Blake Farenthold represents Texas district 27. He is against efforts to address climate change. He has said, "Global warming is scare tactic used by groups with a political agenda."
District 28: Henry Cuellar represents district 28. The Democrat has a weak record of voting with the environment. He voted to prevent the EPA from regulating CO2 as a contributor to climate change.
District 29: Gene Green is retiring this seat, and several candidates are lining for the race in 2018. We'll update when we can, so please send us information on your candidates' positions.
District 30: Eddie Bernice Johnson represents district 30 in Texas. She is an advocate for solutions on climate change, and has taken some leadership on the issue in Congress.
It's important that the science behind global climate change be acknowledged. And clearly, at the rate we're going with the leadership in the current [House Science] Committee, it's probably not going to happen. - Eddie Bernice Johnson
District 31: John Carter represents district 31. He is against efforts to address climate change, and promotes false conspiracy theories designed to discredit climate scientists.
District 32: Pete Sessions represents district 32. He has stood against all efforts to address climate change in Congress. Several challengers are lining up for the race in 2018.
District 33: Marc Veasey represents district 33 with a better-than-average record on voting with the environment. He has supported efforts to address climate change, but has also supported legislation that favored oil over the environment.
District 34: Filemon Vela represents district 34. We could not find any explanations on his position on climate change. He votes better than average on the environment, and has voted in support of efforts to address climate change.
District 35: Lloyd Doggett is the representative for district 35. He supports clean energy and is in favor of efforts to address climate change.
As an active member of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition and the Safe Climate Caucus, I strongly oppose President Trump’s disastrous choice to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. He abandons American families to the growing harm of climate change and surrenders leadership on renewable energy to foreign competitors, like China and Germany. - Lloyd Doggett
District 36: Brian Babin represents district 36. He has never voted in favor of the environment. He is against measures to address climate change, and supported Trump's decision to exit the Paris agreement on climate. Several candidates are lining up for the 2018 race.
 

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