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Election 2014: Sierra Club political endorsements

U.S. Congress

46th Congressional District

Loretta Sanchez

Representative Loretta Sanchez first elected to Congress in 1997, is currently serving her ninth term. She represents the 46th district which includes the cities of Santa Ana, Anaheim, and parts of the cities of Garden Grove and Orange. She is the most senior female member of the House Committee on Homeland Security and the House Armed Services Committee. She has consistently been a strong supporter of environmental issues in the House, particularly those related to water and air quality. The League of Conservation Voters gave her a 96% rating in 2013, and 87% Lifetime.
 
She supported legislation to ban costly clear-cut logging practices on federal lands and  has advocated for increased fines for off-road vehicles that damage our national forests.  She supports the preservation of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the Outer Continental Shelf, and has cosponsored bills designating lands in California, Alaska, Utah, and Michigan as federally protected areas.
 
Congresswoman Sanchez has become a champion for water issues in Orange County by supporting numerous bills that improve California’s water system and increase the deliverable water supply in Orange County. In the 111th introduced H.R. 383, a bill that would authorize additional federal support for the Orange County Groundwater Replenishment System. Congresswoman Sanchez’s bill was included in the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 and signed into law by President Obama on March 30, 2009.
 
We urge you to vote to re-elect Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez to represent California in CD 46. Your vote can help protect the environment.
 
 

CA State Assembly

56th Assembly District

Sharon Quirk-Silva

Sharon Quirk-Silva is running for re-election to the California State Assembly in District 65 covering all or part of Fullerton, Buena Park, La Palma, west Anaheim, Stanton and 
Cypress. She was first elected to the Assembly in 2012 by a 52%-48% margin over incumbent Chris Norby. The Sierra Club endorsed her in her two prior terms on the Fullerton City Council and in her run for the CA State Assembly. We also presented her with a Political Leadership Award for her work on preserving Coyote Hills. Sharon Quirk-Silva is Chair of the Assembly Committee on Veterans Affairs, and serves on the Higher Education, Housing and Community Development, Accountability and Administrative Review, and Transportation Committees. The latter committee has enabled her to continue her efforts to develop a regional mass transportation plan for the 21st Century.
 
Sharon Quirk-Silva remains dedicated to environmental concerns, and has a strong desire to forge closer ties with the Sierra Club, and demonstrate an effective environmental voting record. Our support will go a long way toward helping to re-elect her in a marginal district which had, until her close election victory in 2012, consistently chosen conservative business oriented representatives with problematic positions on most environmental legislation. 
 
We urge you to vote to re-elect Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva to the California State Assembly in District 65. Your vote is a vote for the environment.