Veronica Escobar has a proven track record of standing up for environmental justice, in Texas, where she previously served as an El Paso County Commissioner and Judge.
As a public servant, Escobar worked to protect the environment and address environmental injustices. She opposed a smelter plant in one of El Paso’s Latino communities as well as the Sierra Blanca nuclear waste site. In 2007, she founded an ecotourism commission that promoted the outdoor recreation industry. She also helped to create a foundation to build a riverside trail across the entire county and has been an advocate for preserving the Castner Range and creating a national monument.
As a representative, she will continue to support initiatives that protect natural resources and public lands. She is one of the first Latinas elected to represent Texas in Congress.
Escobar joins the U.S. House to fill the seat of Representative Beto O’Rourke, who earned a 95% lifetime score on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard and ran to represent Texas in the U.S. Senate.
In her own words:
“Our district in West Texas is home to a diverse and beautiful ecosystem. If elected to Congress, I will work to ensure these Texas gems, such as Castner Range, stay protected and preserved for future generations, and fight for environmental justice for all communities.”
Source: LCVAF Press Release.