The Climate Solutions Caucus in the 116th Congress

Ideology of Climate Solutions Caucus Members: 115th Congress

The Climate Solutions Caucus has returned in the House of Representatives for the 116th Congress. As originally conceived, the “Noah’s Ark” caucus only allowed new members to join in bipartisan pairs, one Democrat and one Republican. The caucus grew to 90 members, 45 Democrats and 45 Republicans in the 115th Congress. As I show in my book, the Republican members tended to be more moderate than their co-partisans in the House. The caucus lost about half of its Republican members in the November 2018 elections, including Republican co-founder Carlos Curbelo (R-FL).

For the 116th Congress, the “Noah’s Ark” rule no longer applies, so the caucus is lopsided with more Democrats than Republicans. In addition, only four members showed up to the first meeting.

The effectiveness of the caucus in developing bipartisan approaches to climate change remains to be seen, however, it does allow members to signal that they recognize climate change is a serious issue that needs to be addressed.

Matthew C. Nowlin
Associate Professor of Political Science