Cortez Masto greenest of Nevada delegation in LCV scorecard

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Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto speaking at the Lake Tahoe Summit, August 2018. [Cortez Masto Senate office photo]

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Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto speaking at the Lake Tahoe Summit, August 2018. [Cortez Masto Senate office photo]
U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto scored a perfect 100 percent on the League of Conservation Voters’ 2018 National Environmental Scorecard for votes that affect the environment.  In contrast, her former colleague in the Senate, Dean Heller, a Republican, received a score of 7 percent.

The scorecard, based on 2018 votes, ranks former Congressman Ruben Kihuen at 97 percent.  Then-U.S. Congresswoman Jacky Rosen was third highest among Nevada delegates, at 94 percent.

“As the Trump administration continued their assault on our most important environmental protections, Senators Cortez Masto and Rosen and Congresswoman Dina Titus stood up for Nevada’s air, water, land, and against President Trump’s continued attempts to dump nuclear waste in our state,” said Nevada Conservation League’s Executive Director Andy Maggi in a news release.  “We are proud to have representatives in Congress who fight for Nevada’s communities where the clean energy and outdoor recreation economies are booming. It’s critical our Members of Congress keep standing up to the Trump administration who wants to slam the breaks on our growth.”

Congresswoman Dina Titus received a score of 89 percent.  Her Nevada colleague, Republican Mark Amodei, scored only 14 percent for his votes on matters affecting the environment.

The House scores are based on 35 votes on topics including clean air and water, lands and wildlife protection.  The Senate scores were calculated using votes on “Trump’s anti-environmental nominees,” according to a news release.

The League of Conservation Voters has issued an environment scorecard each congressional session since 1970.  The scorecard “represents the consensus of experts from about 20 respected environment and conservation organization who selected the key votes on which members of Congress should be scored,” says a news release.

Votes on environmental policy historically fall along party lines, with Democrats advancing the conservation agenda advanced by groups such as the League of Conservation Voters, while Republicans generally side with business interests.

Note: This story was updated to include former Congressman Ruben Kihuen’s score.

Dana Gentry
Reporter | Dana Gentry is a native Las Vegan and award-winning investigative journalist. She is a graduate of Bishop Gorman High School and holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Gentry began her career in broadcasting as an intern at Channel 8, KLAS-TV. She later became a reporter at Channel 8, working with Las Vegas TV news legends Bob Stoldal and the late Ned Day. Gentry left her reporting job in 1985 to focus on motherhood. She returned to TV news in 2001 to launch "Face to Face with Jon Ralston" and the weekly business programs In Business Las Vegas and Vegas Inc, which she co-anchored with Jeff Gillan. Dana has four adult children, a grandson, three dogs, three cats and a cockatoo named Casper.


  1. “The scorecard, based on 2018 votes, ranks then-U.S. Congresswoman Jacky Rosen second highest among Nevada delegates, at 94 percent.”

    This is incorrect – Rosen was actually third-highest. Second-highest was Congressman Sex Creep, with a score of 97%.

    As an aside, Rosen voted the bad way on just two votes. One was an amendment from Mark Amodei to make it easier for mining companies to do whatever they want (all four Nevada representatives voted for that one), and one was a really intensely bad bill that would have required environmental regulations to pass through a “cost-benefit analysis” that only looks at costs, not benefits.


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