Mike Gallagher is a Republican and the current U.S. Representative for Wisconsin’s 8th District. He is up for re-election in November against Democratic challenger and current Brown County Assistant District Attorney Beau Liegeois in what could be a close and nationally important race.
- On the environment, Gallagher has been applauded for continuing former 8th District Democratic Congressman Reid Ribble’s Save the Bay Initiative, a regional collaboration created to address dead zones in Green Bay by reducing the amount of nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment which end up in the Bay. 
- Unfortunately, Gallagher’s positive record on conservation largely stops there. Gallagher has been quoted as saying that he is conservative and a conservationist, and his 2016 campaign statement on the environment touts his love for Wisconsin’s natural resources and the need for responsible and balanced stewardship. 
- However, any sense of balanced or adequate protection evaporates when you see his 3% score from the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) for 2017, voting the anti-environmental position on 34 of 35 bills. 
- The one pro-environment vote from the former-Marine Gallagher was rightfully opposing removing language which warns of the security threat posed by climate change from a defense bill. 
- The remaining votes include support for mining on the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in Minnesota, supporting an EPA budget reduction, trying to exempt cross-border pipelines from review, and supporting a rider on a tax bill intended to open the arctic for drilling. 
- Additionally, 30 other votes variously sought to weaken the EPA and environmental enforcement, slash protections which protect public health, and open many of America’s lands and waters to harmful developments. 
Gallagher’s environmental record is heavily skewed towards ill-advised spending cuts, lax enforcement, and auctioning off the nation’s natural resources for short-term corporate gain. He has gone to Washington and fully embraced the aggressive assault being waged on the environment by all three branches of federal government, much to the detriment of the American people and the natural world. This November, we can certainly do better on the environment.
This piece has been provided to the Intellegere Project by, guest writer, Brian Wagenaar.