Toni Atkins
2020 Score: 99%
Ca. Score: 74%
Caucus Score: 94%
Lifetime Score:98%

Past Scores:

Toni Atkins

Senate President Pro Tem

Phone: 916 651 4039

Party: Democrat
District: 39 (San Diego)
Years in office:



As the leader of the Senate, the Pro Tem not only represents their own constituents, but also the people of California and the Senate chamber as a whole. The Pro Tem plays a significant leadership role because of their power to appoint committee chairs, which are critical positions that can make the difference between a major climate policy passing or not.

Three of CLCV’s priority bills died in Senate committees, after passing through the Assembly, stopping them from moving forward to the Senate floor. During an unacceptably hostile and dismissive hearing for AB 345, a bill which would require a minimum distance between oil and gas drilling and sensitive places such as homes and child care centers, some members of the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee voted against the bill, ignoring the public health and safety implications of this policy. The two other priority bills- AB 2954 and AB 3030-died in the Senate Appropriations Committee. AB 2954 would have required the state to set an overall climate goal for the state’s natural and working lands, and AB 3030 would have created a state policy goal to conserve 30% of the state’s lands, waters, and oceans.

As the leader of the upper chamber, Californians need Pro Tem Atkins to prioritize shepherding these important policies through the Senate. As the climate crisis worsens, we’re counting on leaders like Pro Tem Atkins to have a vision and agenda to make sure critical bills, like those three priority bills, have a chance to become law. We’re counting on her to not only help us be prepared for what’s coming, but to prevent the worst. Because of bills dying in committee, and because of a trimmed-down list of bills due to the pandemic, the overall Senate score is most likely inflated.

We encourage you to take a moment to call your legislator using the phone number listed above, let them what you think about their environmental score and why it matters to you that your legislator always vote for climate justice.


Extra Credit:
+1 for authoring a pro-environment bill or letter
-1 for authoring an anti-environment bill or letter

PRO-ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIONANTI-ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIONDID NOT VOTEDid not vote on good bill. Counted negatively.DID NOT VOTEDid not vote on a bad bill. Counted positively.EXCUSEDAbsent due to illness or family leave; not counted positively or negatively.

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California Environmental Voters (formerly the California League of Conservation Voters) believes the climate crisis is here and this moment requires transformative change. California has the policy solutions to stop climate change but lacks the political will to do it at the rate and scale that’s necessary. EnviroVoters exists to build the political power to solve the climate crisis, advance justice, and create a roadmap for global action. We organize voters, elect and train candidates, and hold lawmakers accountable for bold policy change. We won’t stop until we have resilient, healthy, thriving communities, and a democracy and economy that is just and sustainable for all.

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