Ben Ray Lujan

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Ben Ray Lujan
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U.S. House, New Mexico, District 3
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2009-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 5
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorTom Udall (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$4.44 in 2012
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$3,798,970
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New Mexico Public Regulation Commission
2004-2008
Education
Bachelor'sNew Mexico Highlands University
OtherUniversity of New Mexico (attended but did not graduate)
Personal
BirthdayJune 7, 1972
Place of birthNambe, New Mexico
ProfessionPublic Administrator
Net worth$205,502
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Ben Ray Luján, Jr. (b. June 7, 1972, in Nambe, NM) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from New Mexico. Lujan was first elected in 2008 by voters from New Mexico's 3rd Congressional District.

Lujan won re-election in 2010 and again, most recently, in 2012.[1] He was unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 5, 2012, and defeated Jeff Byrd in the November 6 general election.[2]

Lujan serves as one of the Chief Deputy Whips of the Democratic caucus for the 113th Congress.[3]

Prior to Lujan's election to the U.S. House, the Nambe native served as deputy state treasurer and as the chairman of the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission.[4]

Lujan is seeking re-election to the U.S. House to represent the 3rd Congressional District of New Mexico. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Lujan is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

Lujan was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He attended the University of New Mexico from 1990-1995 but did not earn a degree, later completing a B.A. at New Mexico Highlands University in 2007.[5]

Career

After leaving the University of New Mexico, Lujan served as the New Mexico Cultural Affairs Department's director of administrative services and chief financial officer. He also served as deputy state treasurer and as the chairman of the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission.[6]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Lujan serves on the following committees:[7]

2011-2012

Lujan served on the following committees:[8]

Key votes

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[9] For more information pertaining to Lujan's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[10]

National security

DHS Appropriations

Nay3.png Lujan voted in opposition of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[11]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Yea3.png Lujan voted in support of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[11]

CISPA (2013)

Yea3.png Lujan voted in support of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[12] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[11]

NDAA

Yea3.png Lujan voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[11]

Economy

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Nay3.png On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[13] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[14] Lujan voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[13]

Yea3.png The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[15] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Lujan voted for HR 2775.[16]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

Nay3.png Lujan voted in opposition of HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years. Lujan was 1 of 144 Democrats who opposed the bill, while 44 voted for it.[17][11]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Nay3.png Lujan voted in opposition of House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.[18][11]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Nay3.png Lujan voted in opposition of House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[19][11]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Nay3.png Lujan voted in opposition of HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[19][11]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Yea3.png Lujan voted in support of House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the PATRIOT Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[11]

Previous congressional sessions

Specific votes

Lujan voted for the stimulus bill.[20] A total of 57 percent of U.S. voters believed that the stimulus had hurt the economy (36 percent) or had no impact (21 percent). Only 38 percent believed the stimulus helped the economy.[21]

Lujan also voted in favor of the "Cash for Clunkers" bill.[22] According to a June 2009 Rasmussen Reports poll, 54 percent of likely U.S. voters opposed Cash for Clunkers, while 35 percent supported it.[23]

Lujan supported the "Cap and Trade" bill.[24] Just after the bill’s passage, 42 percent of likely U.S. voters said that cap and trade would hurt the economy, while 19 percent believed it would help. Only 15 percent said that the bill would have no impact.[25]

Finally, Lujan voted in favor of the health care reform bill.[26] About 57 percent of likely voters at least somewhat favored repeal of the health care reform bill, including 46 percent who strongly favored repeal. Only 35 percent of likely voters opposed repeal. A total of 51 percent of likely voters believed the health care reform bill would be bad for the country, while 36 percent believed it would be beneficial.[27]

Fiscal Cliff

Yea3.png Lujan voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 172 Democrats who voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257-167 vote on January 1, 2013.[28]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Ben Ray Lujan's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Lujan is a Liberal Populist. Lujan received a score of 50 percent on social issues and 15 percent on economic issues.[29]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[30]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Favors
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Unknown
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Strongly Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Opposes
Support & expand free trade Strongly Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Unknown
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Unknown
Prioritize green energy Strongly Favors Expand the military Unknown
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Favors Stay out of Iran Opposes
Privatize Social Security Strongly Opposes Never legalize marijuana Unknown
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[29]

Elections

2014

See also: New Mexico's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014

Lujan is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent New Mexico's 3rd District. Lujan won the Democratic nomination in the primary on June 3, 2014.[31] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, New Mexico District 3 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBen Ray Lujan 87.6% 50,709
Robert Blanch 12.4% 7,207
Total Votes 57,916
Source: New Mexico Secretary of State - Official Primary Results

2012

See also: New Mexico's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2012

Lujan ran for re-election in 2012.[32] He was unopposed in the Democratic primary and defeated Jeff Byrd in the November general election.[2]

U.S. House, New Mexico District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBen Ray Lujan Incumbent 63.1% 167,103
     Republican Jeff Byrd 36.9% 97,616
Total Votes 264,719
Source: New Mexico Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Lujan is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Lujan raised a total of $3,798,970 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 22, 2013.[35]

Ben Ray Lujan's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House, (New Mexico, District 3) Won $1,102,858
2010 US House, (New Mexico, District 3) Won $1,175,112
2008 US House, (New Mexico, District 3) Won $1,521,000
Grand Total Raised $3,798,970

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Ben Ray Lujan's reports.[36]

Ben Ray Lujan (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[37]April 15, 2013$314,480.27$155,200.00$(83,583.74)$386,096.53
July Quarterly[38]July 15, 2013$386,096.53$167,759.00$(480,627.12)$473,228.41
October Quarterly[39]October 15, 2013$473,228.41$117,058.00$(115,589.61)$474,696.80
Year-End Quarterly[40]December 31, 2013$474,696$119,173$(57,995)$515,875
April Quarterly[41]April 15, 2014$515,875.03$138,702.64$(65,032.68)$589,544.99
Running totals
$697,892.64$(802,828.15)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Lujan's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Lujan won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Lujan's campaign committee raised a total of $1,102,858 and spent $741,285.[42] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[43]

Cost per vote

Lujan spent $4.44 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of Lujan's campaign funds before the 2010 election.
Lujan was re-elected to the U.S. House in 2010 for a second term. His campaign committee raised a total of $1,175,112 and spent $1,103,219.[44]

Personal Gain Index

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See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Lujan's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $46,005 and $669,998. That averages to $205,502, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Lujan ranked as the 345th most wealthy representative in 2012.[45] Between 2007 and 2012, Lujan's calculated net worth[46] increased by an average of 6 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[47]

Ben Ray Lujan Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2007$157,825
2012$205,502
Growth from 2007 to 2012:30%
Average annual growth:6%[48]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[49]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Lujan is a "rank-and-file Democrat" as of August 2014.[50] This was the same rating Lujan received in June 2013.

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[51]

Lujan most often votes with:

Lujan least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Lujan missed 71 of 4,381 roll call votes between January 2009 and August 2014. This amounts to 1.6 percent, which is better than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of August 2014.[50]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Lujan paid his congressional staff a total of $1,040,586 in 2011. Overall, New Mexico ranked 23rd in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[52]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.

2013

Lujan ranked 62nd in the liberal rankings in 2013.[53]

2012

Lujan ranked 107th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[54]

2011

Lujan ranked 108th in the liberal rankings in 2011.[55]

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.

2014

Lujan voted with the Democratic Party 91.0 percent of the time, which ranked 146th among the 204 House Democratic members as of August 2014.[56]

2013

Lujan voted with the Democratic Party 89.4 percent of the time, which ranked 155th among the 201 House Democratic members as of August 2013.[57]

2011

Lujan voted with the Democratic Party 93.8 percent of the time, which ranked 57th among the 192 House Democratic members as of December 2011.[58]

Personal

Ben Ray Lujan's father, Ben Lujan, Sr., served as the 46th District of New Mexico's state representative from 1975 to 2013.

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See also

External links

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References

  1. Politico, "2012 House Race Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 Associated Press, "New Mexico - Summary Vote Results," accessed June 6, 2012
  3. Office of the Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, "Hoyer Announces Whip Team for the 113th Congress," accessed January 4, 2013
  4. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Ben Ray Lujan's Biography," accessed June 13, 2013
  5. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "LUJÁN, Ben Ray, Jr., (1972 - )"
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  30. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
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  46. This figure represents the average annual percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below) to 2012, divided by the number of years calculated.
  47. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  48. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  49. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
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  57. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  58. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Tom Udall
U.S. House of Representatives - New Mexico, District 3
2009-Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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New Mexico Public Regulation Commission
2004-2008
Succeeded by
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