Michelle Lujan Grisham
|Michelle Lujan Grisham|
|U.S. House, New Mexico, District 1|
|January 3, 2013-Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||2|
|Predecessor||Martin Heinrich (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Commissioner, Bernalillo County|
|High school||St. Michael's High School|
|Bachelor's||University of New Mexico|
|J.D.||University of New Mexico|
|Date of birth||Oct. 24, 1959|
|Place of birth||Los Alamos, New Mexico|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Issues
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Elections
- 5 Polls
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Endorsements
- 9 Recent news
- 10 External links
- 11 References
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. She then overtook Republican Janice Arnold-Jones and write-in challenger Jeanne Pahls in the general election on November 5, 2013.
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. 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.
Lujan Grisham is a single mother of two daughters, Taylor and Erin. Her husband passed away in 2004.
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.
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.
According to her website, Lujan Grishman's campaign platform included the following issues:
- 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
Grisham serves on the following committees:
- United States House Committee on Agriculture
- Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, and Nutrition
- Subcommittee on Livestock, Rural Development, and Credit
- United States House Committee on Budget
- United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
- Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care, and Entitlements
- Subcommittee on National Security, Homeland Defense and Foreign Operations
|U.S. House, New Mexico District 1 General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Michelle Lujan Grisham||59.1%||162,924|
|Source: New Mexico Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
|New Mexico's 1st Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012|
|Michelle Lujan Grisham||40.1%||19,111|
Super PAC involvement
|Michelle Lujan Grisham vs Janice Arnold-Jones|
|Poll||Grisham||Arnold-Jones||Margin of Error||Sample 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|
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.
|Michelle Lujan Grisham's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||US House (New Mexico, District 1)||$1,754,730|
|Grand Total Raised||$1,754,730|
|U.S. House of Representatives, New Mexico's 1st Congressional District, 2012 - Michelle Lujan Grisham Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$573,425|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$573,425|
|Top contributors to Michelle Lujan Grisham's campaign committee|
|University of New Mexico||$13,800|
|Presbyterian Healthcare Services||$11,500|
|American Assn for Justice||$10,000|
|American Assn/Oral & Maxillofacial Surg||$10,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
Lifetime voting record
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. 
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.
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. A full list is available on her website.
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- Social media:
- Congressional profile at CongressMerge.com
- Summary, biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Profile at Wikipedia
- Financial information at OpenSecrets.org
- Politico "2012 House Race Results"
- Associated Press "New Mexico - Summary Vote Results," June 6, 2012
- New Mexico Secretary of State "2012 Primary Results"
- Michelle Lujan Grisham campaign website "Meet Michelle," Accessed May 26, 2012
- Project Vote Smart, "Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham's Biography," accessed June 13, 2013
- Michelle Lujan Grisham campaign website "Issues," Accessed May 26, 2012
- CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
- New Mexico Secretary of State "2012 Primary Results"
- New Mexico Telegram "Poll: Lujan Grisham slight lead over Griego, Heinrich big lead over Balderas," May 23, 2012
- The (New Mexico) Republic "Democrat Eric Griego tops in pre-primary fundraising in NM 1st Congressional District," May 25, 2012
- Huffington Post "HUFFPOST FUNDRACE -- Super PACs Concerned About Tone of Race," May 25, 2012
- Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Michelle Lujan Grisham," Accessed April 22, 2013
- Open Secrets "Michelle Grisham 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 26, 2013
- GovTrack, "Michelle Lujan Grisham," Accessed April 17, 2013
- OpenSecrets.org "Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM), 2011," accessed February 19, 2013
- Michelle Lujan Grisham campaign website "Endorsements," Accessed May 26, 2012
Martin Heinrich (D)
|U.S. House of Representatives - New Mexico, District 1
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