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{{tnr}}'''Michelle Lujan Grisham''' is a 2012 [[Democratic]] member of the U.S. House, representing [[New Mexico's 1st congressional district elections, 2012|the 1st Congressional District]] of [[New Mexico]].<ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/House/2012/ ''Politico'' "2012 House Race Results"]</ref>
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{{tnr}}'''Michelle Lujan Grisham''' is a [[Democratic]] member of the U.S. House, representing [[New Mexico's 1st congressional district elections, 2012|the 1st Congressional District]] of [[New Mexico]].<ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/House/2012/ ''Politico'' "2012 House Race Results"]</ref>
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Lujan Grisham first won election to the U.S. House in 2012. She defeated [[Eric Griego]] and [[Marty Chavez]] in the June 5 Democratic primary.<ref name="cs">[http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2012/by_state/NM_US_House_0605.html?SITE=CSPANELN&SECTION=POLITICS ''Associated Press'' "New Mexico - Summary Vote Results," June 6, 2012]</ref> She then overtook [[Republican]] Janice Arnold-Jones and write-in challenger Jeanne Pahls in the general election on November 5, 2013.<ref>[http://www.sos.state.nm.us/Elections_Data/2012.aspx New Mexico Secretary of State "2012 Primary Results"]</ref>
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A 12th generation New Mexican and granddaughter of Eugene Lujan, who was first Hispanic Chief Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court, Lujan Grisham's public service career began soon after her graduation from law school at the University of Mexico in 1987.<ref name=bio/> She fought elder abuse as an attorney and then in her capacity as the head of New Mexico's State Agency on Aging, to which she was appointed by former [[Governor of New Mexico|Gov.]] Bruce King. She went on to serve in another appointed position, as head of the State Health Department. Prior to assuming her seat in Congress, she had served as the elected Bernalillo County Commissioner since 2011.<ref name=pvs>[http://votesmart.org/candidate/biography/102404/michelle-lujan-grisham#.Ubonsusd4Xs ''Project Vote Smart,'' "Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham's Biography," accessed June 13, 2013]</ref>
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Lujan Grisham is a single mother of two daughters, Taylor and Erin. Her husband passed away in 2004.<ref name=pvs/>
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==Biography==
 
==Biography==
Lujan Grisham is a Bernalillo County Commissioner and president of a health insurance consulting business. Previously, she was New Mexico's Department of Health.<ref>[http://www.michellelujangrisham.com/meet-michelle/ ''Michelle Lujan Grisham campaign website'' "Meet Michelle," Accessed May 26, 2012]</ref>
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Lujan Grisham was born in Los Alamos and raised in Santa Fe. She holds a bachelors degree and a law degree from the University of New Mexico. She served as Bernalillo County Commissioner and president of a health insurance consulting business. Previously, she was the appointed head of New Mexico's Department of Health.<ref name=bio>[http://www.michellelujangrisham.com/meet-michelle/ ''Michelle Lujan Grisham campaign website'' "Meet Michelle," Accessed May 26, 2012]</ref>
  
 
==Issues==
 
==Issues==

Revision as of 15:27, 13 June 2013

Michelle Lujan Grisham
MichelleLujanGrisham.jpg
U.S. House, New Mexico, District 1
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorMartin Heinrich (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$1,754,730
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Commissioner, Bernalillo County
2010-2013
Education
High schoolSt. Michael's High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of New Mexico
J.D.University of New Mexico
Personal
BirthdayOct. 24, 1959
Place of birthLos Alamos, New Mexico
Net worth$475,502
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Michelle Lujan Grisham is a Democratic member of the U.S. House, representing the 1st Congressional District of New Mexico.[1]

Lujan Grisham first won election to the U.S. House in 2012. She defeated Eric Griego and Marty Chavez in the June 5 Democratic primary.[2] She then overtook Republican Janice Arnold-Jones and write-in challenger Jeanne Pahls in the general election on November 5, 2013.[3]

A 12th generation New Mexican and granddaughter of Eugene Lujan, who was first Hispanic Chief Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court, Lujan Grisham's public service career began soon after her graduation from law school at the University of Mexico in 1987.[4] She fought elder abuse as an attorney and then in her capacity as the head of New Mexico's State Agency on Aging, to which she was appointed by former Gov. Bruce King. She went on to serve in another appointed position, as head of the State Health Department. Prior to assuming her seat in Congress, she had served as the elected Bernalillo County Commissioner since 2011.[5]

Lujan Grisham is a single mother of two daughters, Taylor and Erin. Her husband passed away in 2004.[5]

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

Biography

Lujan Grisham was born in Los Alamos and raised in Santa Fe. She holds a bachelors degree and a law degree from the University of New Mexico. She served as Bernalillo County Commissioner and president of a health insurance consulting business. Previously, she was the appointed head of New Mexico's Department of Health.[4]

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

According to her website, Lujan Grishman's campaign platform included the following issues[6]:

  • Creating jobs, specifically through improving infrastructure and green energy
  • Supporting seniors, specifically through preserving Social Security and Medicare and tougher laws on scam artists
  • Right to choose, specifically through defending Planned Parenthood and women's health legislation

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Grisham serves on the following committees:[7]

Elections

2012

See also: New Mexico's 1st congressional district elections, 2012

Lujan Grisham ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing New Mexico's 1st District. She defeated Eric Griego and Marty Chavez in the June 5 Democratic primary.[2][8]

U.S. House, New Mexico District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMichelle Lujan Grisham 59.1% 162,924
     Republican Janice Arnold-Jones 40.8% 112,473
     Write-In Jeanne Pahls 0.2% 459
Total Votes 275,856
Source: New Mexico Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
New Mexico's 1st Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMichelle Lujan Grisham 40.1% 19,111
Eric Griego 35% 16,702
Marty Chavez 24.9% 11,895
Total Votes 47,708

Polling

Primary

A poll put Lujan Grisham and Eric Griego neck and neck, with Marty Chavez trailing.[9] The poll showed Griego leading among Hispanics, women, and liberals, while Grisham lead among men and Anglos.

Campaign funding

As of May 2012, Eric Griego had raised $847,000, Marty Chavez had raised $645,000, and Lujan Grisham had raised $597,000.[10]

Super PAC involvement

The Super PAC Progressive Kick spent $1,000 to oppose Lujan Grisham, while Super PAC Women Vote! spent $21,305 supporting her.[11]

Polls

Michelle Lujan Grisham vs Janice Arnold-Jones
Poll Grisham Arnold-JonesMargin of ErrorSample Size
ABQ Journal (October 30,2012)
51%36%+/---
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Lujan Grisham is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Lujan Grisham raised a total of $1,754,730 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 22, 2013.[12]

Michelle Lujan Grisham's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (New Mexico, District 1) Won $1,754,730
Grand Total Raised $1,754,730

2012

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

Grisham won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Grisham's campaign committee raised a total of $1,754,730 and spent $1,745,037.[13]

Analysis

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Lujan Grisham missed 4 of 108 roll call votes from January 2013 to April 2013. This amounts to 3.7%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving as of April 2013. [14]

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 - The Center for Responsive Politics, Grisham's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $251,005 to $699,999. That averages to $475,502, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic House members in 2011 of $5,107,874.[15]

Endorsements

2012

Lujan Grisham was endorsed by the National Women’s Political Caucus, Women's Campaign Fund, the Albuquerque Journal, New Mexico's firefighters union and the state pharmacists union, among others.[16] A full list is available on her website.

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Preceded by
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U.S. House of Representatives - New Mexico, District 1
2013-Present
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