In her first term, Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire has already made a name for herself as a clean energy and conservation champion in the Senate. On a teleconference call with RAN members this summer, Shaheen discussed her work on environmental policy, particularly her bipartisan energy efficiency bill, as well as the importance of voter turnout in electing environmental candidates.
RAN is pleased to announce this year’s endorsements, a slate of pro-environment women candidates running for federal office. These candidates are running in races where RAN members can make a significant impact. They provide us the best opportunity to increase the ranks of women in Congress and build support for policies that will protect the environment and public health.
Last month, Rachel’s Action Network partnered with the League of Women Voters to host a breakfast celebrating the accomplishments of the women of Congress. Members of both organizations gathered at the Sewall-Belmont House in Washington, D.C. to hear from Senator Kay Hagan of North Carolina and Congresswoman Donna Edwards of Maryland.
As funders and community leaders, RAN members are in a strong position to impact policy decisions and bring environmental issues to the attention of elected officials. One of the best avenues to exercise this influence is by lobbying. How can you leverage a meeting to build a relationship with your elected officials and advance the issues you care about? Here are our tips!