Michelle Lujan Grisham

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Michelle Lujan Grisham
U.S. House, New Mexico, District 1
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 2
PredecessorMartin Heinrich (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Commissioner, Bernalillo County
Bachelor'sUniversity of New Mexico
J.D.University of New Mexico
Date of birthOct. 24, 1959
Place of birthLos Alamos, New Mexico
Net worth$475,502
Office website
Campaign website
Michelle Lujan Grisham is a 2012 Democratic member of the U.S. House, representing the 1st Congressional District of New Mexico.[1]


Lujan Grisham is a Bernalillo County Commissioner and president of a health insurance consulting business. Previously, she was New Mexico's Department of Health.[2]


Campaign themes


According to her website, Lujan Grishman's campaign platform included the following issues[3]:

  • 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


Grisham serves on the following committees:[4]



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.[5][6]

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



A poll put Lujan Grisham and Eric Griego neck and neck, with Marty Chavez trailing.[7] 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.[8]

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.[9]


Michelle Lujan Grisham vs Janice Arnold-Jones
Poll Grisham Arnold-JonesMargin of ErrorSample Size
ABQ Journal (October 30,2012)
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


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.[10]


Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


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.[11]



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.[12] A full list is available on her website.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Martin Heinrich (D)
U.S. House of Representatives - New Mexico, District 1
Succeeded by