Sean Casten: Endorsements


We know Sean Casten is the most knowledgeable on the issues and challenge Donald Trump’s anti-science agenda.

But don’t just take our word for it.

Ask the dozens of elected officials, government administrators, environmental activists and clean energy leaders who have endorsed Sean Casten for Congress.

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Katie McGinty

  • Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality and Deputy Assistant to President Bill Clinton
  • Former Environmental Advisor to Vice President Al Gore and President Bill Clinton
  • Former Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
  • Former Chief of Staff to PA Governor Tom Wolf

More than ever, we need to elect leaders who understand science and who consider facts. Sean Casten is the type of leader we need in Washington.

Denis Hayes

  • National organizer of the first Earth Day and International Chair of the Earth Day 2020.
  • Former Director of the federal Solar Energy Research Institute (now NREL).
  • Developer of world’s greenest commercial office building and CEO of the Bullitt Foundation
  • Recipient of the national Jefferson Medal as well as the highest awards given by Sierra Club, American Solar Energy Society, National Wildlife Federation, and the Humane Society of the United States.

Brilliant, grounded, and radiating integrity, Sean Casten is exactly the sort of citizen-legislator America’s founding fathers had in mind when they drafted the Constitution. As a bonus, Sean knows more about climate change and energy policy than anybody else on Capitol Hill. America needs Sean Casten in Congress, and I endorse him without reservation.

Jack Franks

  • McHenry County Board Chairman

Sean has a deeply impressive record as a scientist, a business innovator and a leader on environmental issues.  He shares my committed to fighting hard for reform, accountability and transparency on behalf of taxpayers – at every level.  Just as importantly, I know he would be open, accessible and available to all his constituents.

Liz Chaplin

  • DuPage County Board Member, District 02

Sean Casten is the smart, progressive, tenacious Democrat we need on the ballot to beat Peter Roskam and turn the 6th District blue in November. I am proud to endorse Sean, and I know he will be a strong, effective advocate for the people of DuPage County when he goes to Washington.

Cynthia Borbas

  • Chair of the Wayne Township Democrats

Sean, like our other great Democratic Candidates in the 6th District, is fighting for Economic Justice, Civil Rights and the Environment. What sets Sean apart is that he has the experience, skills, and network to take on Peter Roskam. I endorse Sean Casten because he is the Democratic candidate who can defeat Peter Roskam and help us flip the House in 2018.

Bill McKibben

  • Author of The End of Nature
  • Founder,
  • Scholar in Residence in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College
  • 2013 Recipient of Gandhi Prize
  • 2013 Recipient of Thomas Merton Award
  • 2014 Recipient of the Right Livelihood Prize

Sean combines extensive knowledge, and the right amount of feistiness which will make him a force for good in Congress; a place that needs a few less lawyers and a few more doers

Climate Hawks Vote

  • Climate Hawks Vote  educates voters, advocates on climate change in general election contests, and backs climate hawks in Democratic primaries.

Sean is running as a climate hawk scientist, cleantech entrepreneur, and job creator. Now, we can help elect a scientist to Congress—and take the seat away from a science-denying Republican, Peter Roskam, who calls climate change ‘junk science.’

Bill Reilly

  • Former Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

Dan Reicher

  • Director of Climate and Energy Initiatives, Google, 2007-2010
  • Assistant Secretary of Energy for Efficiency & Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy 1997-2001
  • Department of Energy Chief of Staff, 1996-1997
  • Member, Presidents Obama and Clinton Transition Teams
  • Former Senior Attorney Natural Resources Defense Council

Eddie Bedford

  • Naperville Township Supervisor

Nate Sippel

  • Naperville Township Clerk

Erik Spande

  • Winfield Village President

John Schmitt

  • Algonquin Village President

Anne Wick

  • Casten for Congress Campaign Chair
  • Head of the Downers Grove Progressive Women

Sean’s definitely very passionate about the environment. He’s dedicated his lifework to it. 

Nora Mead Brownell

  • Former Commissioner, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • Former Commissioner, Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission
  • Former President, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC)

Sean understands how vital clean tech is to the economic development of our communities.

Don Wuebbles

  • Former Deputy Director at the Office of Science and Technology Policy under President Obama

Hank Habicht

Peter Fox-Penner

  • Former Deputy Administrator of the US EPA
  • Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, US Department of Energy
  • Former Senior Advisor for Technology Policy, U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy

Roger Ballentine

  • President, Green Strategies, Inc.
  • Former Chairman of the White House Climate Change Task Force under President Clinton

Now is our chance to replace a member of Congress who thinks climate change is a ‘hoax’ with someone like Sean Casten who will put facts first.

Clark Bullard

  • Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign
  • Former Director, US Department of Energy Office of Conservation & Renewable Policy
  • Founder, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Center at University of Illinois
  • Former Chair, Central Midwest Interstate Compact Commission for LLRW management

John Jimison

  • Former Senior Counsel, U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee
  • Former Executive Director, U.S. Combined Heat & Power Association

Tom Jensen

  • Former Majority Counsel to the US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
  • Former Associate Director for Natural Resources, White House Council on Environmental Quality

Sean would bring real-world expertise in energy policy, business success and climate science to Capitol Hill.

Jigar Shah

  • Founder, SunEdison
  • CEO, Carbon War Room

Sean is more than a scientist. He’s a practical entrepreneur and we need his experience in Congress to encourage clean energy projects.

Charles Bayless

  • Former President & Provost, West Virginia Institute of Technology
  • Board member of multiple energy and climate organizations

Chris James

  • Former Manager Climate Change and Energy Programs at the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection
  • Connecticut Staff Lead at the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)

Michael MacCracken

  • Senior Scientist, Office of the US Global Change Research Program
  • Senior Scientist for Climate Change Programs, Climate Institute

Climate change is a settled scientific fact. It’s imperative we replace anyone in Congress who is not willing to accept that.

Joel Gordes

  • Chief Strategist, Center for Energy Security Solutions

Ken Colburn

  • Former Director, Air Resources Division of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services
  • Former Executive Director of the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM)

John Noel

  • 2008 recipient of the Governor’s Lifetime Conservation Achievement Award, Tennessee’s highest environmental accolade from Governor Phil Bredesen

John Topping

  • National Environmental Leader and recognized by the Intergovernmental
    Panel on Climate Change for contributions that led to their 2007 Nobel
    Peace Prize

Ross Gelbspan

  • Author of The Heat is On and Boiling Point
  • Former Editor and Reporter at The Boston Globe
  • Co-recipient of a Pulitzer Prize for public service reporting

When Sean Casten saw science and facts under attack by Donald Trump, he decided to fight back.

Frederick W. Weston III

  • Vermont Public Service Board, 1989 – 2000
  • Co-Chair, NARUC Staff Sub-Committee to the Committee on
    Conservation, 1994-1997
  • Co-Chair, NARUC Staff Sub-Committee to the Ad Hoc Committee on Electric Industry Restructuring, 1996-1998.

Peter Byck

  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University
  • Director, Producer, and Writer of the movie Carbon Nation

John Cuttica

  • Director, Energy Resources Center, University of Illinois Chicago (retired)
  • Vice President End Use Research & Development, Gas Research Institute (retired)

I’ve met few with Sean’s passion for tackling one of the biggest challenges of our time: climate change.

Joyce Coffee

  • President, Climate Resilience Consulting

Facts matter – And it matters that we elect scientists like Sean Casten who will fight for fact-driven policy.

Kendrick Frazier

  • Editor of Skeptical Inquirer
  • Former editor of Science News
  • Author of The Violent Face of Nature

Suzanne Watson

  • Former Senior Climate and Energy Advisor, Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management

Lee Lynd

  • Queneau Distinguished Professor in Environmental Engineering Design, Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College

John A. "Skip" Laitner

  • Former Senior Economist for Technology Policy, US EPA
  • Past President, Association for Environmental Studies & Sciences

Nancy LaPlaca

  • Former policy advisor to Commissioner Paul Newman, Arizona Corporations Commission

If Sean could slash carbon emissions and energy costs at over 70 industrial facilities as an entrepreneur, just think what he could do as a member of Congress.

Andrew Balser

  • Arctic Scientist specializing in permafrost and climate change

Steve Cowell

  • President, E4 The Future
  • Former President and Founder, Conservation Services Group
  • 2017 Winner of Northeast Clean Energy Council’s “Decade of Influence”

Dharam Punwani

  • President, Avalon Consulting
  • Energy efficiency advisor & consultant to numerous companies,
    institutions and municipalities

Regardless of political party, we all share the same planet. We would all benefit from Sean’s environmental expertise in Congress.

Clint "Jito" Coleman

  • President and VP Engineering at Northern Power Systems (retired)
  • Chair of the ACT 250 District 5 Environmental Commission, State of Vermont
  • Founding Member of AWEA R&D Committee

It is important that we send environmental leaders like Sean Casten to Congress.

Mark Laser

  • Senior Research Scientist & Lecturer, Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College

Carl Irwin

  • Director, Energy Efficiency Division, West Virginia University

Peter van Walsum

  • Associate Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Forest
    Bioproducts Research Institute, University of Maine

Everyone, no matter who, cares about the environment in their backyard, but Sean has dedicated his career caring for everyone’s backyard.

Ted Bronson

  • President, Power Equipment Associates and 2003 “CHP Champion” from the United States Combined Heat & Power Association
  • Former Associate Director, Distributed Energy Technology Center at the
    Gas Technology Institute

Paul Lemar

  • President, Resource Dynamics Corporation
Sean Casten: Endorsements July 31, 2017