Senator Tina Smith has an impressive track record of fighting for environmental progress in Minnesota, where she previously served as Lieutenant Governor.
As Lieutenant Governor, Smith championed clean energy, leading the effort to raise the state’s Renewable Energy Standard from 25 percent by 2025 to 50 percent by 2030. As a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Smith has continued her environmental leadership by supporting climate action and protections for our air, water, and lands. Smith has spoken out against the Trump administration’s decisions to roll back the Clean Power Plan and pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement. She is also a sponsor of the ANTIQUITIES Act of 2018 to protect our public lands, and supports the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), which helps agricultural producers and rural small businesses with energy efficiency improvements.
Smith returns to the U.S. Senate after having been appointed to fill the seat vacated by Senator Al Franken, who earned a 97% lifetime score on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard.
In her own words:
“I am committed to protecting and preserving our nation’s land, water and air so future generations can continue to build toward a clean energy future. I have long fought to preserve Minnesota’s way of life—our lakes, rivers and forests—while working with clean energy businesses to grow jobs, and I look forward to continuing that work in the Senate.”
LCVAF Press Release.