“With Tom Udall’s announcement that he will not seek re-election, the Senate will lose a public figure of enormous integrity, intelligence, and accomplishment. His contributions – from defending public lands to protecting American families from toxic chemicals – represent a legacy that will benefit this nation for generations. He combines a passion for doing the right thing with a genuine and gentle nature that is too often missing from our politics. Those seeking the best of America – who want to know what a politics of high character can be – need only look to the career of Tom Udall.
“EDF was proud to work with Senator Udall on reforming our nation’s broken chemical safety law. He brought together activists, scientists, business leaders, families, and members of both parties to forge a compromise that gives us the chance to protect the health of millions of Americans. And as a leader on efforts to defend sensible federal methane rules from rollbacks under the Trump Administration, all American taxpayers owe a debt of gratitude to Senator Udall for cleaner air and a healthier climate.
“Like his father before him, Tom Udall brought American idealism and Western pragmatism to Washington – and left our nation a stronger, healthier, and more beautiful place. As he and Jill move toward the next phase of their lives, we offer our profound thanks for all they have done for this country.”
- Fred Krupp, president of Environmental Defense Fund
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