Lisa Blunt Rochester understands the threats that climate change and sea level rise pose to her home state of Delaware, and she is committed to strengthening the state’s infrastructure in order to prepare for the impacts of climate change.
Rochester comes from a family committed to public service and has spent her life giving a voice to people without one. She began her professional career working as a caseworker for then-U.S. Representative Tom Carper. In 1998, Rochester made history as Delaware’s first African American woman secretary of labor. In 2001, she was appointed state personnel director and was commissioned to investigate the Delaware State Police for racial and gender discrimination. She has also served as the CEO of the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League. Rochester is the first woman and person of color to represent Delaware in Congress.
Having lived, worked or traveled to over twenty countries across the world, Rochester has seen the impact of global warming and pollution first-hand. She believes we should be prioritizing investments in a clean energy economy as a source of good jobs for communities in Delaware and across the nation.
Rochester takes the U.S. House seat previously held by retiring Representative John Carney, who earned a lifetime score of 90 percent on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard through 2015.
In her own words:
“Global warming is the biggest environmental threat facing our species…Congress needs to do more to ensure that the impacts and benefits of environmental policies and regulations are felt equally by all people regardless of race, color, national origin, sexual orientation or income.”
Source: LCV 2015-2016 Congressional Questionnaire