Washington D.C. – The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Action Fund, which works to elect pro-environment candidates, announced today the endorsement of Ben Diamond for election to the U.S. House of Representatives from Florida’s 13th Congressional District.
“Representative Ben Diamond has been a strong voice in the state legislature and throughout his career for climate action and racial justice, and we know he will continue this fight in Congress,” said LCV Action Fund Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Tiernan Sittenfeld. “LCV Action Fund is proud to endorse Ben Diamond because he will continue to fight for all communities at the frontlines of the climate crisis, hold polluters accountable, and be a true leader for climate, justice, jobs, and democracy.”
“I am honored to be endorsed by the League of Conservation Voters Action Fund. As a father of three young children, there is no task before us more urgent than combatting the climate crisis and pollution in our community and across the nation,” said Representative Ben Diamond. “Florida is a state of incredible natural beauty, and we have a moral obligation to ensure it remains that way for our children and generations to come. In Congress, I look forward to working with LCV to pass smart environmental policies and build a clean energy economy that will create millions of good-paying jobs, bolster national security, and fight back against the impacts of climate change.”
Representative Ben Diamond was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2016 to represent the 68th District, which includes most of the City of St. Petersburg. In the Florida legislature, he has served on various committees including the Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee and the Subcommittee on Civil Justice. Recently he worked on ending Florida’s M-CORES project, which would have created new toll roads through some of Florida’s most sensitive land and imperiled critical wildlife habitat, including the Florida panther. In the past three legislative sessions, Diamond has filed legislation that would require Florida to create an Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection along with a statewide resilience plan to help Florida mitigate the climate crisis. He has also introduced or cosponsored a number of bills related to protecting endangered species, conservation, safe drinking water, electric vehicles, funding a coastal oceans initiative at the University of Florida, and directing the Public Service Commission to forecast an energy plan through 2040 that included clean energy and energy efficiency. He also had a long career of protecting Florida’s environment before serving in the state legislature. As general counsel to Florida’s Chief Financial Officer, Diamond advised Florida’s response to the BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster. Later in his career, he served as a civic leader in St. Petersburg on several local issues including improving public transportation and protecting the city’s water and natural resources. Diamond was also instrumental in the campaign to pass Florida’s Water and Land Legacy initiative, which sets aside a part of stamp tax revenue to fund land conservation projects.
About LCV Action Fund
The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Action Fund, the connected federal political action committee (PAC) of the League of Conservation Voters, works to elect leaders who stand up for a clean, healthy environment and to defeat anti-environment candidates who oppose climate action. Since the 1990 election cycle, LCVAF has helped elect and re-elect 95 U.S. Senators and 462 members of the U.S. House of Representatives. Over the last several years, our efforts have also helped elevate climate change and clean energy as critical issues in key elections.