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California League of Conservation Voters Endorses Mark DeSaulnier for State Senate

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Location: Sacramento, CA

California League of Conservation Voters Endorses Mark DeSaulnier for State Senate

The California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV) today announced its endorsement of Mark DeSaulnier for State Senate.

"Assembly Member DeSaulnier has a long and distinguished career as a leader on environmental issues. He is certain to be one of the most effective environmental leaders in the Senate," stated Susan Smartt, Executive Director of CLCV. "During his ten years on the California Air Resources Board, Mark helped move California further into a position of leadership on climate change and the reduction of greenhouse gases," said Smartt.

"I am honored to receive the CLCV endorsement, and proud to be counted on as someone who stands up for environmental protection," said DeSaulnier. "I have always put environmental protection at the center of my work. In the Senate, I will continue the fight for strong laws that protect our environment and our health."

CLCV joins a long list of endorsements including: the Contra Costa Central Labor and Building Trades Councils, Congressman George Miller, Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher, Treasurer Bill Lockyer, Senate President pro Tem Don Perata, Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez, Former Senate President pro Tem John Burton, Senator Tom Torlakson , Senator Ellen Corbett, Senator Sheila Kuehl, Senator Alex Padilla, Senator Darrell Steinberg, Senator Patricia Wiggins, Former Senator Jackie Speier, Assembly Member Mike Feuer, Assembly Member Jared Huffman, Assembly Member Kevin De Leon, Assembly Member Loni Hancock, Former Assembly Member Fran Pavley and Assembly Member Ira Ruskin.

During his distinguished career in local government, DeSaulnier served on the California Air Resources Board and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District for more than a decade. The historic Contra Costa County Industrial Safety Ordinance and the Refinery Flare Rule for local refineries and chemical facilities sponsored by Supervisor DeSaulnier stand as landmark collaborative legislation that protect workers and the surrounding communities of Contra Costa County and beyond.

As an Assembly Member, DeSaulnier serves as a member of the Environmental Caucus and Chair of the Select Committee on Growth Management which provides policy guidance on land-use planning and its environmental impacts. DeSaulnier was recently appointed Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Air Quality which will begin to assess the air quality needs of the state; find "best practices" at a grassroots level; help to educate the public on what they can do to help reduce air pollutants and greenhouse gases; and provide Legislative oversight to the implementation of California's landmark legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to pre-1990 levels.

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