Legislator Spotlight

Representative Lindsay Cross, Florida

January 17, 2024



NCEL Point of Contact

Dylan McDowell
Executive Director


What motivated you to get involved with environmental issues?

Since I was young, I have always been passionate about protecting the planet and have been fortunate to have worked in environmental science, policy, and advocacy for over 20 years. I ran for public office because I saw a lack of understanding of scientific issues and the direct correlation between a healthy environment, healthy communities, and a healthy economy. 

What environmental issues are you most passionate about?

I am most passionate about water quality, resiliency, and land conservation. As a member of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations committee, I advocated for higher and recurring funding for water and land conservation. I have highlighted needed improvements to the way we address impaired waters and have fought against practices that may endanger human health. 

How has NCEL helped you in your work?

Through NCEL, I have been inspired to learn about the creative policies being introduced in other states. I love learning from colleagues and tailoring policies to accommodate the unique environmental and economic needs in Florida. 

What is your greatest environmental policy success story? 

Through my many years of advocacy for water and land conservation funding and as a representative, I am thrilled that Florida is investing record funding totaling more than one billion in conservation this year. However, as a freshman legislator, I know that my greatest environmental policy success is yet to come! I am also confident that NCEL will provide me with the tools and knowledge to pass strong and equitable policy.