Virginia Voters Return a ‘Conservation Majority’ to the Statehouse

Held Senate, flipped House translate to good environmental outcomes, defeat of Youngkin’s anti-climate action agenda

For Immediate Release:
Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2023

Lee Francis | Deputy Director
Virginia League of Conservation Voters
(434) 989-3197 |

RICHMOND – Today, voters returned a Conservation Majority to the General Assembly, defeating an extreme, MAGA agenda that would have taken us backwards on climate action, clean air and water, safe open spaces and a democracy that works for all Virginians. The Virginia League of Conservation Voters’ Political Action Committee ran a $2.2 million electoral program this cycle – the largest in the organization’s history for legislative races – to elect environmental champions in key swing districts across Virginia. When taking into account the additional investments made in Virginia by our national affiliate, the League of Conservation Voters, that number is $2.75 million.

In response to tonight’s outcome at the polls, Michael Town, Executive Director of Virginia LCV, issued the following statement:

“Tonight, voters sent a clear message: they want to see a Virginia that works for them, not big, corporate polluters. With a Conservation Majority headed to the General Assembly we have the opportunity to continue pushing forward policies that protect clean air and water, address the climate crisis, grow the green economy, protect communities, and make Virginians’ lives better. Our Governor will now have a choice in the closing two years of his term: will he continue to side with his dirty fossil fuel donors or do what’s right for our Commonwealth? We intend to do everything we can to put bills on his desk to find out just that.”

About us:
The Virginia League of Conservation Voters serves as the political voice of the state’s conservation community, working to make sure Virginia’s elected officials recognize that our natural heritage is an environmental and economic treasure for all. Virginia LCV works with conservation leaders across Virginia and strives for a conservation majority in state government. We secure good public policies on the state level and hold public officials accountable for their positions on environmental issues. For more information, visit