Oregon Republican Senators Kim Thatcher and Tim Knopp Named to National “Dirty Dozen in the States” List
The League of Conservation Voters included two Oregon state senators on the list of worst state and local candidates in the country for the environment
Portland, OR – Today, the Oregon League of Conservation Voters (OLCV) announced that Oregon Senators Kim Thatcher and Tim Knopp earned two of just twelve spots, from across the country, for worst candidates for the environment.
Modeled after LCV Victory Fund’s federal “Dirty Dozen,” the “Dirty Dozen in the States” highlights the worst environmental candidates in the nation at the state and local level. Members of the “Dirty Dozen in the States” have consistently sided against the environment and — regardless of party affiliation — are running in races targeted by LCV state affiliates.
Kim Thatcher – running for Oregon Secretary of State
Republican State Senator Kim Thatcher’s record and rhetoric illustrate she’s one of the most extreme, anti-environmental legislators in Oregon. From the start, Thatcher’s campaign has been interwoven with Oregon’s extreme anti-climate activists – Timber Unity. She announced her candidacy for secretary of state at the Timber Unity rally in 2020, which was held to protest our state taking action to address climate change.
Thatcher has an OLCV Lifetime score of just 21%, and walked out twice to kill bills that would have moved Oregon forward on tackling climate change. In 2019, the bill for a cap and invest program – HB 2020 – passed the House by a vote of 36-24, and was just one vote away from going to the governor’s desk. Then, Thatcher and her Republican colleagues in the senate fled the state to stop the vote. When a similar bill (SB 1530, 2020) was brought back in 2020, she walked out again. Her history of anti-climate and anti-democratic behavior, including walking out on her job as a lawmaker three times since 2019, make it clear that she is too extreme to serve as Oregon’s next secretary of state.
Tim Knopp – running for Oregon Senate, District 27
Republican State Senator Tim Knopp has an OLCV Lifetime Score of just 16%. Even worse, he was the spokesperson for the Senate Republicans when they walked out to kill Oregon’s climate bill in the 2019 Legislative Session. HB 2020, the state’s cap and invest bill – passed the House by a vote of 36-24, and was just one vote away from going to the governor’s desk when in June, 2019, Senate Republicans fled the state to stop the vote.
While Knopp claims to believe in climate change, his record shows the startling truth – that he will do anything possible to stop climate action in Oregon. In addition to going to extreme measures in 2019 to kill climate action and more clean energy jobs, he has also voted against every other climate priority, including Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program/Standard (SB 324, 2015), Ditching Dirty Diesel (HB 2007, 2019), and the Coal Transition and Clean Electricity Plan (SB 1547, 2016), which passed with bipartisan support.
“Their records make it clear, Senators Kim Thatcher and Tim Knopp have more than earned their spots as two of the worst candidates for the environment in 2020,” said OLCV Executive Director Doug Moore. “Oregonians care deeply about the environment, acting on climate change, and protecting our clean air and water for future generations. And on these important Oregon values, we absolutely deserve better than two of the worst,” continued Moore.
Thirty two state Conservation Voter partners worked to determine the 2020 “Dirty Dozen in the States.” The candidates named are some of the most anti-environment politicians running in competitive state-level races for governor, state senate and house, municipal seats, or commissions this cycle.
The “Dirty Dozen in the States” is modeled after LCV’s “Dirty Dozen,” which has targeted candidates for federal office (with occasional exceptions)— regardless of party affiliation — who consistently side against the environment, and are running in races in which LCV has a serious chance to affect the outcome. LCV has named candidates to the Dirty Dozen for more than twenty years. Last cycle, LCV state affiliates defeated ten of the twelve “Dirty Dozen in the States” candidates.