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
Campaign $$1,754,730
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Commissioner, Bernalillo County
High schoolSt. Michael's High School
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 (b. October 24, 1959, in Los Alamos, New Mexico) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House, representing the 1st Congressional District of New Mexico. She has served in this position since January 3, 2013.[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]

Pearce is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014.The general election took place November 4, 2014.

A 12th generation New Mexican and granddaughter of Eugene Lujan, who was the 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]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Lujan Grisham is one of the most reliable Democratic votes, meaning she can be considered a safe vote for the Democratic Party in Congress.


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]


Campaign themes


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


Grisham serves on the following committees:[7]



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

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


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


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

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]


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

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


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]


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


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]

Voting with party


Michelle Lujan Grisham voted with the Democratic Party 95.5% of the time, which ranked 33 among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[16]


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

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