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
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

Legislative actions

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

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "No" Lujan voted in opposition of HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations 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

Voted "Yes" 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]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "Yes" Lujan voted in support of HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. 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]

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "Yes" 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

Federal Statutory Pay Adjustment Elimination

Voted "No" 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. Clay was 1 of 144 Democrats who opposed the bill, while 44 voted for it.[13][11]

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "No" 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.[14] [11]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "No" 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.[15][11]

Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act

Voted "No" Lujan voted in opposition of HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care 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.[15][11]

Social issues

Amash amendemnt

Voted "Yes" 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]

Political positions

Specific votes

Lujan voted for the stimulus bill.[16] 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. [17]

Lujan also voted in favor of the "Cash for Clunkers" bill.[18] According to a June 2009 Rasmussen Reports poll, 54% of likely U.S. voters opposed Cash for Clunkers, while 35% supported it.[19]

Lujan supported the "Cap and Trade" bill.[20] 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.[21]

Finally, Lujan voted in favor of the health care reform bill.[22] 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.[23]

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 1 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.[24]

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.[25] 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.[28]

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.[29]

Ben Ray Lujan (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April QuarterlyApril 15, 2013$314,480$155,200$(83,583)$386,096
July QuarterlyJuly 15, 2013$386,096$167,759$(480,627)$473,228
Running totals
$322,959$(564,210)

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.[30] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[31]

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.[32]

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.[33]

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.[34]

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, 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.[35]

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.[36]

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.[37]

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.[38]

National Journal vote ratings

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.

2012

Lujan ranked 107th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[39]

2011

Lujan ranked 108th in the liberal rankings in 2011.[40]

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.[41]

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.[42]

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. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  10. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 11.6 11.7 11.8 Project Vote Smart, "Emanuel Cleaver's Political Summary," accessed September 11, 2013
  12. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  13. Wikipedia, "An Act to eliminate the 2013 statutory pay adjustment for Federal employees," accessed September 11, 2013
  14. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 11, 2013
  15. 15.0 15.1 Chicago Sun-Times, "How they voted," August 9, 2013
  16. US House Clerk "Roll Call 46," January 28, 2009
  17. Rasmussen "38% Say Stimulus Plan Helped Economy, 36% Say It Hurt," August 24, 2010
  18. US House Clerk "Roll Call 314," June 9, 2009
  19. Rasmussen "54% Oppose “Cash for Clunkers” Plan To Spur Purchase of Greener Cars," June 23, 2009
  20. US House Clerk "Roll Call 477," June 26, 2009
  21. Rasmussen "42% Say Climate Change Bill Will Hurt The Economy," June 30, 2009
  22. US House Clerk "Roll Call 165," March 21, 2010
  23. Rasmussen "61% Favor Repeal of Health Care Law," September 20, 2010
  24. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  25. New Mexico Secretary of State "Candidate Filings," Accessed February 20, 2012
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  28. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Ben Ray Lujan," Accessed April 22, 2013
  29. Federal Election Commission "Ben Ray Lujan's Summary Report," Accessed August 20, 2013
  30. Open Secrets "Ben Lujan 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 26, 2013
  31. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  32. Open Secrets "Ben R. Lujan 2010 Election Data," Accessed December 4, 2011
  33. Gov Track "Ben Ray Lujan," Accessed June 13, 2013
  34. OpenCongress, "Rep. Ben Ray Lujan," accessed August 22, 2013
  35. GovTrack, "Ben Ray Lujan," Accessed April 17, 2013
  36. LegiStorm, "Ben R. Lujan," Accessed October 2, 2012
  37. OpenSecrets.org "Ben R. Lujan (D-NM), 2011," accessed February 19, 2013
  38. OpenSecrets.org, "Ben R. Lujan (D-NM), 2010," Accessed October 2, 2012
  39. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 6, 2013
  40. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  41. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  42. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Tom Udall
U.S. House of Representatives - New Mexico, District 3
2009-Present
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New Mexico Public Regulation Commission
2004-2008
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