Fitzpatrick Recognized for Conservation Work
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) was recognized by a coalition of more than 25 wildlife advocacy organizations Wednesday night for his conservation efforts and leadership on the Endangered Species Act.
“For 40 years, the Endangered Species Act has served a critical service in the protection of some of our nation’s most wild and important animals,” said Fitzpatrick. “I am proud to be a champion of legislation that protects our national treasures – from wildlife to wilderness.”
In December of 1973, the Endangered Species Act passed the House of Representatives 355-4 and 92-0 in the Senate. The Act was signed into law on December 28, 1973 by President Richard Nixon. In the 40 years since, the legislation has successfully prevented the extinction of hundreds of wildlife species, including the American Bald Eagle and the Humpback Whale.
“The Endangered Species Act is America’s safety net for imperiled fish, plants and wildlife,” said Jon Ellenbogen, board chair of the Endangered Species Coalition, the lead organizer of the event. “We must continue to honor our responsibility to future generations to protected threatened and endangered species and the special places they call home.”
Fitzpatrick has been a champion for environmental and animal welfare issues during his time in Congress, introducing or sponsoring a number of bipartisan pieces of conservation legislation. Earlier this year he was honored by the National Parks Conservation Association with a ‘Friend of the National Park Award’ as well as Humane Society ‘Legislative Leader Award’.
“From a young age, I grew up understanding the good stewardship of our environment was not only the right thing to do; it was integral to preserving the beauty and bounty of our great nation,” said Fitzpatrick. “I will continue to support legislation that protects our natural riches while working to find safe, sustainable ways of utilizing the natural resources of our country.”
Other members of Congress receiving awards included Congressman John Dingell (MI-12), Senator Ben Cardin (MD), Rep. Jim Moran (VA-8), and Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-5).
Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick is serving his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He represents Pennsylvania’s 8th district which includes all of Bucks County as well as a portion of Montgomery County. He serves as the Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.