PennEnvironment endorses six environmental champions in primary races for PA State House

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PHILADELPHIA — PennEnvironment announced its slate of environmental endorsements on Tuesday for Pennsylvania’s spring 2022 primary elections on Tuesday, May 17. The group’s list spotlights the state House incumbents with the best environmental records who face challenges from within their party on Primary Tuesday.

“Out of the 253 races for the Pennsylvania General Assembly on Primary Tuesday, these six races will be key to maintaining an environmentally minded legislature in the Keystone State,” noted David Masur, PennEnvironment’s Executive Director, “The candidates who PennEnvironment endorsed in these half-dozen races are the cream of the crop. They  spend their waking hours focused on how to protect our planet, ensure we have clean air and water throughout Pennsylvania and preserve our greatest outdoor places.” 

PennEnvironment announced the following primary endorsements for the Pennsylvania General Assembly for the May 17th primary:


  • State Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler  (House District 184, Philadelphia)

  • State Rep. Rick Krajewski (House District 188, Philadelphia)

  • State Rep. Chris Rabb (House District 200, Philadelphia)

Allegheny County 

  • State Rep. Emily Kinkead (House District 20, Pittsburgh)

  • State Rep. Jessica Benham (House District 36, Pittsburgh)

Delaware County

  • State Rep. Greg Vitali (House District 166, Havertown)

PennEnvironment selected a slate of candidates who have proven that they will stand up for the environment on the most important, often contentious, environmental votes that come before our lawmakers. Some of these key votes support measures such as Pennsylvania’s entrance into RGGI (the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative). Other votes are against attacks on climate solutions — for example, legislation to strip the Department of Environmental Protection’s authority to reduce carbon pollution and efforts to bigfoot local municipalities’ ability to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. 

While even some Democrats voted for some of these attacks on the environment,- these champions stood up and cast the right vote for our planet in the face of immense pressure to do otherwise.

In addition to the candidates listed above, PennEnvironment previously announced its endorsement of Attorney General Josh Shapiro for governor in a news conference on April 7. 

PennEnvironment is informing its thousands of members and supporters in these districts, as well as the general public, about the endorsements and candidates’ positions. The organization will be urging voters in these districts to support the endorsed candidates on the May 17 primary ballot. 

“Poll after poll shows that Pennsylvanians in these districts care deeply about protecting the state’s environment and public health — and they expect the same from their elected officials,” remarked Masur.  


PennEnvironment is a statewide non-profit environmental advocacy group dedicated to protecting our water, air and open spaces. We investigate problems, craft solutions, educate the public and decision-makers, and help the public make their voices heard in local, state and national debates over the quality of our environment and our lives. To learn more about this or PennEnvironment’s other priorities, visit our website at

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