Donna Shalala has a proven track record of advocating for public health and environmental protections in Florida.
Shalala served as the assistant secretary for policy development and research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) during the Carter administration and went on to serve as U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) in the Clinton administration. She has served as the President of Hunter College of the City University of New York, the Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the President of the University of Miami. Shalala is one of the founders of EMILY’s List and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, from President George W. Bush in 2008.
In Congress, she will focus on strengthening environmental policies to protect public health and addressing climate change and sea level rise. She will advocate for rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement and for investing in clean energy infrastructure.
Shalala joins the U.S. House to fill the seat of retiring Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who earned a 33% lifetime score on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard.
In her own words:
“Climate change and sea level rise are two of the biggest planetary challenges we face, especially in South Florida, where our coastlines and natural treasures like the Everglades face environmental crises like never before.”
Source: LCVAF Press Release.