Meet the Chair
Chair Kathy Castor is a national leader on clean energy, environmental justice, coastal protection, and addressing the climate crisis. She was first elected to Congress in 2006 and represents Florida’s 14th Congressional district, which includes Tampa and parts of Hillsborough County.
Castor has a long-established track record of standing up for a clean and healthy environment, supporting clean energy jobs and promoting environmental justice. She started her professional career enforcing environmental and growth management laws to protect Florida’s wetlands, coastline, endangered species and sensitive lands. As a Hillsborough County Commissioner in Tampa, Florida, Castor served as chair of the Environmental Protection Commission (EPC), which is charged with protecting the air, water, wetlands and lands of the large and diverse county, including delegated elements of the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts.
Castor serves on the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has legislative jurisdiction over a range of energy and environmental issues. She is a native Floridian, graduate of Tampa’s Chamberlain High School, Emory University, and Florida State University College of Law.