Martin Hayden

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Marty Hayden represents Earthjustice on Capitol Hill, where he has played a key role since 1995 in blocking attempts to eliminate environmental protections for all National Forests and promoting more protection for pristine forest lands, such as Alaska’s Tongass Rainforest and all roadless forests. Marty previously served as Vice President of Policy and Legislation at Earthjustice for 25 years.

Prior to joining Earthjustice, Marty worked as a lobbyist for the Sierra Club in Missouri and Washington D.C. In his last position there, he led the lobbying effort to secure passage of the California Desert Protection Act in 1994. CDPA is the largest single Wilderness bill enacted since the Alaska Lands Act.

Marty formerly worked in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest for the Forest Service and holds a B.S. in fishery biology from Colorado State University. Marty lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his wife Laurie and daughter Caroline.

The Latest from Martin Hayden

The U.S. Capitol and U.S. Supreme Court.
December 21, 2020

Government Funding Bill Will Pave the Way for More Ambitious Environmental Agenda

We look forward to working with President-elect Biden and Congress to make the needed investments to tackle the COVID-19 and the climate and environmental justice crises in the coming years.
Union members and IRS workers rallied against the federal government shutdown in Covington, Kentucky, on Jan. 10, 2019.
January 17, 2019

D.C. Is Shut Down for the People — and Open for President Trump’s Corporate Cronies

The government is working just fine for the oil and gas industry.
Andrew Wheeler is a former coal lobbyist with extensive ties to dirty energy companies. He is now advocating for severe rollbacks for public health protections.
January 16, 2019

Reading Between the Lines of Wheeler’s Pro-Polluter Agenda

The EPA nominee may not give the media a climate denial sound bite, but he clearly has no intention to tackle the problem.
Gray wolf howling in the Grand Tetons in Wyoming
February 15, 2018

What’s Hiding in the Budget Bill? Sneak Attacks on Wolves, Trees and Water

Amendments pushed by polluters would override years of work from federal agencies, decisions by judges, and public comments from millions of Americans.
Sam Clovis
November 2, 2017

Trump’s latest nominees will hand out treats to polluters, play tricks on the rest of us

A new round of Trump nominees should spook anyone who cares about public health and safety.
EPA Ozone Hearing
April 21, 2017

Scott Pruitt Is Betting on Your Silence

The EPA has asked the public to comment on whether and which government safeguards should be gutted—another sign that Scott Pruitt’s “back to basics” agenda is all about taking us back to a more polluted America.
Lawmakers are trying to sneak provisions that threaten our air, water and wildlife into urgent government spending bills.
April 18, 2017

Don’t Pollute Government Spending Bills with Toxic Riders

Lawmakers are trying to sneak provisions that threaten our air, water and wildlife into urgent government spending bills.
Republicans are kicking off 2017 with an outrageous attempt to unravel fundamental protections for Americans.
January 13, 2017

‘Dirty Bundle’ of Regulatory Bills Threatens Vital Safeguards for Americans

Republicans are kicking off 2017 with an outrageous attempt to unravel fundamental protections for Americans.
Konstantin L/Shutterstock
July 15, 2016

Two Political Trainwrecks in the Making

The House and Senate are packing their environmental budget bills with poison pill riders that would harm America’s air, water and wildlife.
The U.S. Capitol building.
April 28, 2016

Congress Begins Pushing ‘Poison–Pill’ Riders Once Again

As Congress negotiates annual budget deals, members sneak ideological provisions that would never pass in their own right into important funding bills.
November 12, 2015

Poison Pills in Spending Bills Threaten Our Air, Water and Wildlife

The terms of last week's budget agreement between the Obama administration and Congress were an achievement, but the fate of environmental "ideological riders" is yet to be determined.
Obama House of Representatives
February 4, 2015

President Obama Hopes to Put More Green Into the Clean Energy Movement

President Obama's 2016 budget proposal allocates $7.4 billion to fund clean energy technologies.
July 19, 2013

Senate Stops Antics, Approves New EPA Chief

The partisan antics of a few in the Senate finally halted to allow confirmation of a new and well-qualified Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Gina McCarthy. This Senate confirmation means that, finally, after months of political obstruction by the Congressional friends of big polluters, we have a new administrator to deliver the public…
In Memoriam: Joan Mulhern.
December 19, 2012

In Memoriam: Joan Mulhern

Earthjustice mourns the passing of the strongest and bravest advocate for clean water and justice that we have ever known, our very own senior legislative counsel Joan Mulhern.
March 27, 2012

EPA Proposes Standards For Pollution From New Coal Plants

Today, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed historic new standards to limit industrial carbon pollution from new coal-fired power plants, which is a critical step to protect the health of American children and families.  Successful advocacy before the courts made today’s landmark action possible. On April 2, 2007 the Supreme Court in the Massachusetts v. EPA…
December 16, 2011

Lump of Coal (Make That a Clump of Oil) In Your Stocking

It’s that time of year again. No, I’m not talking about the great big man in the red suit and last-minute Christmas shopping. I’m talking about the House GOP majority trying to deliver on their year-long assault on environmental and public health protections in the last two bills that will be passed by Congress this…
July 22, 2011

Polluters Saddle Up In Washington, D.C.

Perhaps inspired by the triple-digit heat afflicting Washington D.C., the House of Representatives is putting legislative flames to our important environmental and public health protections. This week, the House will consider a spending bill for the Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Forest Service and other federal agencies. The bill is stuffed with…
February 19, 2011

House Approves Anti-Environment Spending Bill

 It’s a shame that it took the House days and many late night and early morning hours to come up with a budget plan like this. And during the wee hours of 4:35 a.m. the final roll call counted a vote of 235 to 189. And just like that our elected leaders eliminated safeguards for…
February 16, 2011

America’s Values, Environment on Chopping Block in Congress

House Republicans are using the oft-repeated refrain of “fiscal restraint” as their excuse for gutting several environmental initiatives that will put the public in harm’s way. But there simply is no excuse for hacking away at health protections that will leave our air and water dirtier and our children and seniors at risk.  It’s not…