Voters Support Conservation Champions from Both Parties in Key States, Races

Endorsed Wildlife Advocates, from the White House to State Capitols, Prevailed in 2020 Election

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Contact: Mike Saccone, Communications Advisor, NWF Action Fund,, 202-797-6634

WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 23, 2020) — Across the country, voters rallied behind and elected champions for wildlife this week. From Michigan to Texas and Delaware to Idaho, voters turned out for candidates the National Wildlife Federation Action Fund endorsed and supported, including a series of conservation and wildlife ballot initiatives.

The National Wildlife Federation Action Fund also heralded the victory by President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris in the race for the White House. The National Wildlife Federation Action Fund was the first national conservation organization to endorse the president-elect in the 2020 election cycle.

“At a time when policymakers and partisans seem unable to agree on anything, voters showed that they want leaders who champion wildlife and conservation issues,” said Karla Raettig, executive director of the National Wildlife Federation Action Fund. “Candidates for public office from the White House to town councils should see in these results — and Action Fund endorsees’ victories — that voters want officials who champion conservation and prioritize recovering wildlife populations, restoring our public lands, and protecting clean water and air, and acting on climate.

“We were proud to be the first national conservation organization to endorse President-elect Joe Biden during the primary, and we’re looking forward to working with him, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, their Administration and all of the wildlife champions elected this week to put Americans back to work recovering wildlife, restoring our public lands and waterways, pursuing environmental and racial justice, and enacting durable, bipartisan wins for the environment.”

The endorsees who won included:

  • President-elect Joe Biden (D)
  • U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado (D-N.Y.)
  • U.S. Senator-elect Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.)
  • U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Penn.)
  • U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.)
  • U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.)
  • U.S. Rep. David Joyce (R-Ohio)
  • U.S Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.)
  • U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.)
  • U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.)
  • U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.)
  • State Rep. Gary Howell (R-Mich.)
  • U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-Mich.)
  • U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas)
  • U.S. Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.)
  • U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.)
  • U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.)
  • State Rep. John Cherry (D-Mich.)
  • State Rep. Julie Brixie (D-Mich.)
  • U.S. Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-Del.)
  • U.S. Senator-elect Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.)
  • U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Penn.)
  • U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho)
  • U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.)
  • U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva D-Ariz.)
  • U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.)
  • State Rep. Scott VanSingel (R-Mich.)
  • U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Captio (R-W.Va.)
  • U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.)
  • State Rep. Sue Allor (R-Mich.)
  • State Rep.-elect Tom France (D-Mont.)
  • U.S. Rep. Tom O’Halleran (D-Ariz.)


All of the state ballot questions endorsed by the National Wildlife Federation, the Action Fund’s affiliated 501(c)(3) organization, passed: Georgia Constitutional Amendment 1; Florida’s Conservation Collier Referendum; and Michigan’s Proposal 20-1.

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The National Wildlife Federation Action Fund (a 501(c)(4) organization) works to raise the visibility of key conservation issues with voters and elected officials. Through grassroots action and focused legislative campaigns, the National Wildlife Federation Action Fund advocates for wildlife and outdoor enthusiasts from all walks of life and political stripes to ensure they have a voice in the democratic process.

To ensure a big tent for our shared conservation values, we remain fiercely bi-partisan and put conservation of our air, water, land and wildlife above political party.  We believe in bi-partisan solutions, and welcome all who are stewards of the earth to join us. We advocate for natural resource protection, wildlife conservation and outdoor education to meet our top goals of protecting wildlife and wild places and connecting people with nature.

The National Wildlife Federation Action Fund is the sister organization to the National Wildlife Federation (a 501(c)(3) organization), America’s largest wildlife conservation organization. The National Wildlife Federation has been on the front lines for wildlife since 1936, fighting for the conservation values that are woven into the fabric of our nation’s heritage.