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The Sierra Club’s political program is dedicated to electing clean air, clean water and climate action champions at all levels of government. From state Public Utility Commissions and Governors’ offices to the U.S. Congress and the White House, the decisions that will shape the future of our communities and our planet are being made by elected officials across the country, and in our nation’s capital.

At a time when fossil fuel interests like the Koch brothers are spending over a billion dollars to elect politicians to do their bidding, the Sierra Club is uniquely positioned to fight back with a grassroots operation that draws on the resources and members of the largest, most influential environmental organization in the country.

2016 Elections

Looking Ahead to the 2016 Election

In 2016, the Sierra Club will promote leaders who take bold action on climate and clean energy, and expose those who still choose toxic money over human health. Please check back soon for information on races to watch, and an overview of the 2016 election landscape.


Political Team Updates

December 15 
For U.S. Politics, the Paris Climate Agreement Changes Everything

November 17
Dirty, Expensive, Unnecessary -- And On Its Way Out?

October 27
GOP Candidates vs. the Clean Energy Revolution

October 13
6 Tough Questions Needing Answers at Tonight’s Democratic Presidential Debate


Recent Victories

Louisiana Governor Election: State Rep. John Bel Edwards defeated Senator David Vitter (56 to 44) in the race to become the next Governor of Louisiana. Edwards has consistently supported environmental issues in the state. The Sierra Club Delta Chapter engaged in an extensive member outreach program to educate Sierra Club members and supporters on the environmental records of the two candidates.

Mississippi Public Service Commission: Sierra Club helped to elect two candidates, Brandon Presley and Cecil Brown, to the Mississippi Public Service Commission. Both candidates support clean energy and opposed the Kemper Coal Plant, the most expensive public power plant ever built in the US. The election of these clean energy champions is a major victory for public health and the environment.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court: Three Sierra Club endorsed candidates won elections to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. The justices will serve ten year terms, which will be critical in 2020 redistricting decisions. The Pennsylvania Chapter supported the campaign through a member to member education and get out to vote campaign - turning out thousands of members and supporters to the polls on election day. 

Sierra Club Web Voter Guide

Every election cycle the Sierra Club endorses candidates at every level of government. Find out more about our endorsements.



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