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====2011====
 
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', Lujan's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $16,003 to $264,999. That averages to $140,501, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic House members in 2011 of $5,107,874. His average net worth increased by 246.91% from 2010.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00029562&year=2011 ''OpenSecrets.org'' "Ben R. Lujan (D-NM), 2011," accessed February 19, 2013]</ref>
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Lujan's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $16,003 to $264,999. That averages to $140,501, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic House members in 2011 of $5,107,874. His average net worth increased by 246.91% from 2010.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00029562&year=2011 ''OpenSecrets.org'' "Ben R. Lujan (D-NM), 2011," accessed February 19, 2013]</ref>
  
 
====2010====
 
====2010====
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', Lujan's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $16,002 to $65,000. Averaging to a net worth of $40,501 which is lower than the average net worth of Democrats in 2010 of $4,465,875.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00029562&year=2010 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Ben R. Lujan (D-NM), 2010," Accessed October 2, 2012]</ref>
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Lujan's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $16,002 to $65,000. Averaging to a net worth of $40,501 which is lower than the average net worth of Democrats in 2010 of $4,465,875.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00029562&year=2010 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Ben R. Lujan (D-NM), 2010," Accessed October 2, 2012]</ref>
  
 
===National Journal vote ratings===
 
===National Journal vote ratings===

Revision as of 10:40, 20 August 2013

Ben Ray Lujan
Ben Ray Lujan.jpg
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
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$140,501
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Ben Ray Luján, Jr. (b. June 7, 1972, in Nambe, New Mexico) 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 most recently, in 2012.[1] He was unopposed in the June 5, 2012 Democratic primary and defeated Jeff Byrd in the Nov. 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]

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.

Lujan is set to run for re-election in 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

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, Luján 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]

Issues

Political positions

Specific votes

Lujan voted for the stimulus bill.[9] According to polling, 57% of U.S. voters believe that the stimulus has either hurt the economy (36%) or had no impact (21%). Additionally, 38% believe the stimulus helped the economy. [10]

Lujan also voted in favor of the "Cash for Clunkers" bill.[11] According to a June 2009 Rasmussen Reports poll, 54% of likely U.S. voters opposed Cash for Clunkers, while 35% supported it.[12]

Lujan supported the "Cap and Trade" bill.[13] Just after the bill’s passage, 42% of likely U.S. voters said that cap and trade would hurt the economy, while 19% believed it would help and 15% said that the bill would have no impact.[14]

Finally, Lujan voted in favor of the health care reform bill.[15] Polling indicates that 57% of likely voters at least somewhat favor repeal of the health care reform bill, including 46% who strongly favor repeal and 35% of likely voters oppose repeal. Additionally, 51% of likely voters believe the health care reform bill will be bad for the country, while 36% believe it will be beneficial.[16]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" 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 that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[17]

Elections

2014

See also: New Mexico's 2nd congressional district elections, 2014

Lujan is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election on June 3, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: New Mexico's 3rd congressional district elections, 2012

Lujan ran for re-election in 2012.[18] 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.[21]

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

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.[22]

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.[23]

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 June 2013.[24]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Luján missed 58 of 3,369 roll call votes between January 2009 and April 2013. This amounts to 1.7%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving April 2013.[25]

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 ranks 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.[26]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Lujan's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $16,003 to $264,999. That averages to $140,501, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic House members in 2011 of $5,107,874. His average net worth increased by 246.91% from 2010.[27]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Lujan's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $16,002 to $65,000. Averaging to a net worth of $40,501 which is lower than the average net worth of Democrats in 2010 of $4,465,875.[28]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Lujan ranked 107th in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.[29]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Lujan ranked 108th in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.[30]

Voting with party

2013

Ben Ray Lujan voted with the Democratic Party 89.4% of the time, which ranked 155th among the 201 House Democratic members as of August 2013.[31]

November 2011

Ben Ray Lujan voted with the Democratic Party 93.8% of the time, which ranked 57th among the 192 House Democratic members as of December 2011.[32]

Personal

Ben Ray Lujan's father, Ben Lujan, Sr., has served as the 46th District of New Mexico's representative to their state house since 1975.

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External links

References

  1. Politico "2012 House Race Results"
  2. 2.0 2.1 Associated Press "New Mexico - Summary Vote Results," June 6, 2012
  3. Office of the Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer "Hoyer Announces Whip Team for the 113th Congress," 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 - )"
  6. Ben Ray Luján, U.S. Congress, Standing Up for New Mexico "Meet Ben"
  7. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  8. U.S. Congressman Ben Ray Luján, Representing New Mexico's 3rd District "Biography"
  9. US House Clerk "Roll Call 46," January 28, 2009
  10. Rasmussen "38% Say Stimulus Plan Helped Economy, 36% Say It Hurt," August 24, 2010
  11. US House Clerk "Roll Call 314," June 9, 2009
  12. Rasmussen "54% Oppose “Cash for Clunkers” Plan To Spur Purchase of Greener Cars," June 23, 2009
  13. US House Clerk "Roll Call 477," June 26, 2009
  14. Rasmussen "42% Say Climate Change Bill Will Hurt The Economy," June 30, 2009
  15. US House Clerk "Roll Call 165," March 21, 2010
  16. Rasmussen "61% Favor Repeal of Health Care Law," September 20, 2010
  17. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  18. New Mexico Secretary of State "Candidate Filings," Accessed February 20, 2012
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  21. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Ben Ray Lujan," Accessed April 22, 2013
  22. Open Secrets "Ben Lujan 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 26, 2013
  23. Open Secrets "Ben R. Lujan 2010 Election Data," Accessed December 4, 2011
  24. Gov Track "Ben Ray Lujan," Accessed June 13, 2013
  25. GovTrack, "Ben Ray Lujan," Accessed April 17, 2013
  26. LegiStorm, "Ben R. Lujan," Accessed October 2, 2012
  27. OpenSecrets.org "Ben R. Lujan (D-NM), 2011," accessed February 19, 2013
  28. OpenSecrets.org, "Ben R. Lujan (D-NM), 2010," Accessed October 2, 2012
  29. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 6, 2013
  30. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  31. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  32. 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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