Kathy is a proven leader when it comes to environmental protection, clean energy, smart growth management policies and maintaining a flourishing natural environment. She is concerned about the quality of the environment and is dedicated to protecting Florida’s beaches, unique ecosystems, and the economies that rely on them. In Congress, Kathy leads the fight for complete gulf coast restoration in the aftermath of the BP oil blowout. She authored the Florida Coastal Protection Act, which would make the 235-mile drilling ban off of Florida’s west coast permanent, and in June 2010, she secured $10 million from BP to support Florida college and university marine research, including the University of South Florida College of Marine Sciences and related endeavors.

Kathy is also focused on creating a clean energy economy in Tampa Bay – focusing on solar energy, which is clean, affordable, and plentiful in sunny Florida. Our state’s tourism and economy depends on clean air, clean water, and a thriving environment. As Tampa Bay’s Representative, Kathy stands up for the protection of our natural resources that make Florida special.