Rick Hill named to national “Dirty Dozen” list

Contact Information

 Juanita Vero, 406.360.5821, juanitavero@gmail.com. Theresa Keaveny, 406.861.1557, tkeaveny@mtvoters.org

Billings, MT – Today former Congressman Rick Hill was named to the national League of Conservation Voters’ state “Dirty Dozen” list, which includes 12 of the most anti-conservation state-level candidates in the country.

“Rick Hill consistently rallied against Montana’s hunting and fishing heritage while a Congressman in Washington,” said Juanita Vero, Greenough rancher and Montana Conservation Voters’ co-chairperson. “Hill voted against Montana state parks and fishing access sites, and against common-sense safe-guards from toxic arsenic in our drinking water, among other egregious attacks on Montana’s outdoor heritage. This is not the kind of leadership we want in Montana’s Governor.” Vero concluded.

The national League of Conservation Voters solicited inputfrom its more than 30 state partners and considered hundreds of candidates running for governor, state senate and state house across the United States. The candidates selected for this state-level Dirty Dozen represent some of the most anti-conservation politicians running in competitive races this year.

Two years ago, former State Sen. Roy Brown was named to the LCV state Dirty Dozen list, and after an aggressive and effective field campaign by opponents, Brown lost his election by a narrow margin to Sen. Kendall Van Dyk, a Billings sportsman. In 2006, former Sen. Conrad Burns was named to the national Dirty Dozen list and was defeated by organic farmer and now U.S. Senator Jon Tester.

“Rick Hill puts the interests of corporate polluters before Montana families,” said Theresa Keaveny, Executive Director of Montana Conservation Voters. “Being named to the Dirty Dozen should put Congressman Rick Hill on notice – voters in Montana won’t stand for a politician who fails to fight for our public lands and clean water, and we certainly don’t want this ex-Congressman as Montana’s next Governor,” Keaveny said.

LCV's national Dirty Dozen program targets candidates — regardless of party affiliation — who consistently vote against clean energy and conservation and who are running in races in which LCV and their state partners have a serious chance to affect the outcome.