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Conservation Easement Incentive Act Introduced with 252 Original Co-sponsors

Advocates Alert: May 24, 2011

On Tuesday May 24, 2011, Representatives Jim Gerlach (R-PA) and Mike Thompson (D-CA) introduced the Conservation Easement Incentive Act (H.R. 1964).

This bill would make permanent the enhanced tax deduction for conservation easement donations that will otherwise expire at the end of this year.

Thanks to your hard work, Reps. Gerlach and Thompson are accompanied by an impressive 250 additional original sponsors, including the Chairman, the Ranking Democrat and a majority of both parties on the Ways & Means Committee. That's nearly three times as many original co-sponsors as we had in 2009. Great work!

Please check the list below and see if your Representative cosponsored, then…

If so, please call and say thank you! (Capitol switchboard: 202-224-3121) More importantly, we urge you to say thank you publicly by adapting our sample press release for reporters in your area and/or your own newsletter. For more ideas, see our dozen ways to say thank you.

If not, your Representative can still sign on as a co-sponsor. In fact, some members who were reluctant to be listed as original co-sponsors will feel more comfortable signing on now that so many others are listed publicly. Call your representative’s office, ask for the staff member who handles tax issues, and urge them to cosponsor the Conservation Easement Incentive Act by contacting Lori Prater in Rep. Jim Gerlach’s office or Carla McNeill in Rep. Mike Thompson's office. We will need every House co-sponsor we can get!

Click here for fact sheets and talking points.  Thank you for making this happen!

Here's the final list of original co-sponsors:


  • Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-PA/6th)*
  • Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA/1st)*

CO-SPONSORS (by state):

  • Rep. Jo Bonner (R-AL/1st)
  • Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-AL/6th)
  • Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL/7th)
  • Rep. Don Young (R-AK/1st)
  • Rep. Ed Pastor (D-AZ/4th)
  • Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ/7th)
  • Rep. Rick Crawford (R-AR/1st)
  • Rep. Mike Ross (D-AR/4th)
  • Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA/3rd)
  • Rep. Doris Okada Matsui (D-CA/5th)
  • Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA/6th)
  • Rep. George Miller (D-CA/7th)
  • Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA/9th)
  • Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA/10th)
  • Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-CA/11th)
  • Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA/12th)
  • Rep. Fortney Pete Stark (D-CA/13th)*
  • Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA/14th)
  • Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA/15th)
  • Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA/16th)
  • Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA/17th)
  • Rep. Dennis Cardoza (D-CA/18th)
  • Rep. Jim Costa (D-CA/20th)
  • Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA/21st)*
  • Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA/23rd)
  • Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA/27th)
  • Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA/28th)
  • Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA/29th)
  • Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA/30th)
  • Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA/31st)*
  • Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA/32nd)
  • Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA/33rd)
  • Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA/34th)
  • Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA/35th)
  • Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-CA/38th)
  • Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA/39th)
  • Rep. Joe Baca (D-CA/43rd)
  • Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA/44th)
  • Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA/47th)
  • Rep. Bob Filner (D-CA/51st)
  • Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA/53rd)
  • Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO/1st)
  • Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO/2nd)
  • Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO/3rd)
  • Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO/4th)
  • Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO/7th)
  • Rep. John Larson (D-CT/1st)*
  • Rep. Joseph Courtney (D-CT/2nd)
  • Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT/3rd)
  • Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT/4th)
  • Rep. Chris Murphy (D-CT/5th)
  • Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL/1st)
  • Rep. Corrine Brown (D-FL/3rd)
  • Rep. Katherine Castor (D-FL/11th)
  • Rep. Dennis Ross (R-FL/12th)
  • Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL/13th)*
  • Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL/18th)
  • Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL/20th)
  • Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL/21st)
  • Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL/23rd)
  • Rep. David Rivera (R-FL/25th)
  • Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-GA/2nd)
  • Rep. John Lewis (D-GA/5th)*
  • Rep. John Barrow (D-GA/12th)
  • Rep. David Scott (D-GA/13th)
  • Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI/1st)
  • Rep. Mazie Hirono (D-HI/2nd)
  • Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID/2nd)
  • Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL/1st)
  • Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL/2nd)
  • Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL/3rd)
  • Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL/4th)
  • Rep. Danny K. Davis (D-IL/7th)
  • Rep. Janice Schakowski (D-IL/9th)
  • Rep. Jerry Costello (D-IL/12th)
  • Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL/14th)
  • Rep. Timothy V. Johnson (R-IL/15th)
  • Rep. Donald Manzullo (R-IL/16th)
  • Rep. Pete Visclosky (D-IN/1st)
  • Rep. Joe Donnelly (D-IN/2nd)
  • Rep. Dan Burton (R-IN/5th)
  • Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA/1st)
  • Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-IA/2nd)
  • Rep. Leonard Boswell (D-IA/3rd)
  • Rep. Tom Latham (R-IA/4th)
  • Rep. Steve King (R-IA/5th)
  • Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS/2nd)*
  • Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY/2nd)
  • Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY/3rd)
  • Rep. Geoff Davis (R-KY/4th)*
  • Rep. Ben Chandler (D-KY/6th)
  • Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-LA/5th)
  • Rep. Charles Boustany (R-LA/7th)*
  • Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME/1st)
  • Rep. Michael Michaud (D-ME/2nd)
  • Rep. Dutch Ruppersburger (D-MD/2nd)
  • Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD/3rd)
  • Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD/6th)
  • Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD/7th)
  • Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD/8th)
  • Rep. John Olver (D-MA/1st)
  • Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA/2nd)*
  • Rep. James McGovern (D-MA/3rd)
  • Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA/4th)
  • Rep. Niki Tsongas (D-MA/5th)
  • Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA/7th)
  • Rep. Michael Capuano (D-MA/8th)
  • Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA/9th)
  • Rep. Dan Benishek (R-MI/1st)
  • Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI/4th)*
  • Rep. Dale Kildee (D-MI/5th)
  • Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI/6th)
  • Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI/8th)
  • Rep. Gary Peters (D-MA/9th)
  • Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI/10th)
  • Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI/11th)
  • Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI/12th)*
  • Rep. Hansen Clarke (D-MI/13th)
  • Rep. John Conyers (D-MI/14th)
  • Rep. John Dingell (D-MI/15th)
  • Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN/1st)
  • Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN/3rd)*
  • Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN/4th)
  • Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN/5th)
  • Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN/7th)
  • Rep. Alan Nunnelee (R-MS/1st)
  • Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS/2nd)
  • Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-MO/1st)
  • Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-MO/3rd)
  • Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO/5th)
  • Rep. Dennis Rehberg (R-MT/At-large)
  • Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE/2nd)
  • Rep. Adrian Smith (R-NE/3rd)*
  • Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-NV/1st)*
  • Rep. Charles Bass (R-NH/2nd)
  • Rep. Robert Andrews (D-NJ/1st)
  • Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ/2nd)
  • Rep. Christopher Smith (R-NJ/4th)
  • Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ/5th)
  • Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ/6th)
  • Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ/7th)
  • Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ/8th)*
  • Rep. Steven Rothman (D-NJ/9th)
  • Rep. Donald Payne (D-NJ/10th)
  • Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ/11th)
  • Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ/12th)
  • Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ/13th)
  • Rep. Martin Heinrich (D-NM/1st)
  • Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM/3rd)
  • Rep. Tim Bishop (D-NY/1st)
  • Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY/2nd)
  • Rep. Peter King (R-NY/3rd)
  • Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY/4th)
  • Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-NY/7th)*
  • Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY/9th)
  • Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-NY/10th)
  • Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY/11th)
  • Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY/12th)
  • Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY/13th)
  • Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY/14th)
  • Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY/15th)*
  • Rep. Jose Serrano (D-NY/16th)
  • Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY/17th)
  • Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY/18th)
  • Rep. Nan Hayworth (R-NY/19th)
  • Rep. Chris Gibson (R-NY/20th)
  • Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY/21st)
  • Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY/22nd)
  • Rep. Bill Owens (D-NY/23rd)
  • Rep. Brian Higgins (D-NY/27th)
  • Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY/28th)
  • Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC/3rd)
  • Rep. David Price (D-NC/4th)
  • Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC/6th)
  • Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-NC/7th)
  • Rep. Larry Kissell (D-NC/8th)
  • Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC/9th)
  • Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC/10th)
  • Rep. Heath Shuler (D-NC/11th)
  • Rep. Mel Watt (D-NC/12th)
  • Rep. Brad Miller (D-NC/13th)
  • Rep. Michael Turner (R-OH/3rd)
  • Rep. Robert Latta (R-OH/5th)
  • Rep. Steve Austria (R-OH/7th)
  • Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH/9th)
  • Rep. Patrick Tiberi (R-OH/12th)*
  • Rep. Betty Sutton (D-OH/13th)
  • Rep. Steven LaTourette (R-OH/14th)
  • Rep. Jim Renacci (R-OH/16th)
  • Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH/17th)
  • Rep. Dan Boren (D-OK/2nd)
  • Rep. David Wu (D-OR/1st)
  • Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR/3rd)*
  • Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR/4th)
  • Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR/5th)
  • Rep. Robert Brady (D-PA/1st)
  • Rep. Jason Altmire (D-PA/4th)
  • Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA/5th)
  • Rep. Pat Meehan (R-PA/7th)
  • Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA/8th)
  • Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA/9th)
  • Rep. Mark Critz (D-PA/12th)
  • Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-PA/13th)
  • Rep. Michael Doyle (D-PA/14th)
  • Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA/15th)
  • Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA/16th)
  • Rep. Tim Holden (D-PA/17th)
  • Rep. Todd Russell Platts (R-PA/19th)
  • Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI/1st)
  • Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI/2nd)
  • Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC/2nd)
  • Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC/6th)
  • Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN/1st)
  • Rep. John Duncan (R-TN/2nd)
  • Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN/9th)
  • Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX/3rd)*
  • Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX/8th)*
  • Rep. Michael Conaway (R-TX/11th)
  • Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX/13th)
  • Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX/14th)
  • Rep. Ruben Hinojosa (D-TX/15th)
  • Rep. Silvestre Reyes (D-TX/16th)
  • Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX/18th)
  • Rep. Charles Gonzalez (D-TX/20th)
  • Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX/21st)
  • Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX/25th)*
  • Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX/28th)
  • Rep. Gene Green (D-TX/29th)
  • Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX/30th)
  • Rep. John Carter (R-TX/31st)
  • Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX/32nd)
  • Rep. Jim Matheson (D-UT/2nd)
  • Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT/At-large)
  • Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA/3rd)
  • Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA/6th)
  • Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA/8th)
  • Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA/10th)
  • Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA/11th)
  • Rep. Jay Inslee (D-WA/1st)
  • Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA/2nd)
  • Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA/5th)
  • Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA/7th)*
  • Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA/8th)*
  • Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA/9th)
  • Rep. Nick J. Rahall (D-WV/3rd)
  • Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI/2nd)
  • Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI/3rd)*
  • Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI/4th)
  • Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY/At-large)

* Members of the Ways & Means Committee

You can always visit: www.lta.org/easementincentive/cosponsors for our most current list.

While our top priority has been to secure original co-sponsors in the House, your Senators can also co-sponsor the Rural Heritage Conservation Extension Act, S. 339, by contacting Tiffany Smith (4-4515) at the Senate Finance Committee. So far, just ten senators have signed-on:

  • Senator Max Baucus (D-MT)*
  • Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA)*
  • Senator Jon Tester (D-MT)
  • Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO)
  • Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
  • Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS)
  • Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
  • Senator Jack Reed (D-RI)
  • Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)
  • Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA)*
  • Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)

* Finance Committee Member

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