Lisa Brown Is Our Pick For 39th District State Representative

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State Rep. Lisa Brown, an influential leader on the environment, has won the 2010 endorsement of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters.

Brown, D-West Bloomfield, was chosen based on her first-term record and answers to an extensive questionnaire from the MLCV, a nonprofit with offices in Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids that works to pass strong environmental laws and hold legislators accountable.

"Michigan League of Conservation Voters is proud to include Lisa Brown in our first round of endorsements due to her strong record as not only an environmental advocate, but as a leader,” said Ryan Werder, MLCV’s political and campaigns director. “Her strong advocacy on the constitutional drilling ban in the Great Lakes, among other crucial conservation initiatives in the 39th House District and across the state, is an example that we hope all candidates will follow."

Brown serves as a member of the House Committee on Energy and Technology, and has sponsored initiatives including the Clean, Renewable and Energy Efficiency Act, to require utilities to strengthen energy optimization programs.

Brown also serves on a bipartisan subcommittee promoting Michigan's electric car development, which focuses on creating jobs and attracting green business to the Great Lakes State. She scored 100 percent on the latest Michigan Environmental Scorecard, which tracked key votes during the 2009-2010 legislative session.

“From the Great Lakes and inland waterways to our pristine forests, our natural resources are crucial to maintaining a good quality of life and strong economy,” Brown said.

“I look forward to continuing my work with the Michigan League of Conservation Voters to protect our natural resources so that they can be enjoyed for generations to come.”

Brown has worked to raise awareness about environmental issues in the 39th House District. That has included events to allow constituents to tests toys for toxic substances and find out the latest on the advance of Asian carp toward the Great Lakes. Brown supports the closing of Chicago-area shipping locks to keep the carp from entering our waterways, where they are likely to out-compete native species and decimate a $7 billion sports fishery.

“As a mother of three boys, I know how difficult it can be to keep our children out of harm’s way,” Brown said. “I’ve led efforts to protect our children from toxic toys and other harmful products manufactured in countries like China. I will continue to promote policies that ensure our children can grow up in a healthy environment.”

For more on Brown, see www.lisabrown4michigan.com.

Previous MLCV endorsements this election season have gone to Dan Scripps, Mary Valentine and Deb Kennedy.