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 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 3.1 Legislative action
- 3.1.1 113th Congress
- 3.1.2 National security
- 3.1.3 Economy
- 3.1.4 Immigration
- 3.1.5 Healthcare
- 3.1.6 Social issues
- 3.2 Campaign themes
- 3.3 Legislative actions
- 3.1 Legislative action
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Analysis
- 7 Personal
- 8 Recent news
- 9 External links
- 10 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 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. 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.
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 bachelor's 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.
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
The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session. For more information pertaining to Lujan Grisham's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
Department of Homeland Security Appropriations
Lujan Grisham 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.
Keystone Pipeline Amendment
Lujan Grisham 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.
Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act
Lujan Grisham 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. The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.
National Defense Authorization Act
Lujan Grisham 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.
Federal Statutory Pay Adjustment Elimination
Lujan Grisham 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.
Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition
Lujan Grisham 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. 
Health Care Reform Rules
Lujan Grisham 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.
Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act
Lujan Grisham 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.
Lujan Grisham 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.
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
- See also: United States Farm Bill 2013
In June 2013, more than two dozen House Democrats, including Lujan Grisham, took part in a SNAP challenge, feeding themselves for a week on the average benefit level of a SNAP recipient. Participants agreed to eat all meals from a limited food budget comparable to that of a SNAP participant, approximately $1.50 per meal, or $4.50 a day.
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.
|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|
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.
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|
|Michelle Lujan Grisham (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2013||$9,693||$226,274||$(22,901)||$213,065|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2013||$213,065||$237,843||$(46,001)||$404,907|
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. This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.
Cost per vote
Grisham spent $10.71 per vote received in 2012.
|U.S. House, New Mexico District 1, 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|
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.
Grisham most often votes with:
Grisham least often votes with:
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, 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.
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.
Lujan Grisham is a single mother of two daughters, Taylor and Erin. Her husband passed away in 2004.
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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
- CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
- Project Vote Smart, "Michelle Lujan Grisham's Political Summary," accessed September 11, 2013
- The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
- Wikipedia, "An Act to eliminate the 2013 statutory pay adjustment for Federal employees," accessed September 11, 2013
- The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 11, 2013
- Chicago Sun-Times, "How they voted," August 9, 2013
- Michelle Lujan Grisham campaign website "Issues," Accessed May 26, 2012
- U.S. House.gov, "Full Member List of Congressional Snap Challenge," accessed September 25, 2013 (dead link)
- Feeding America, "Taking the SNAP Challenge," accessed September 25, 2013
- New Mexico Secretary of State "2012 Primary Results"
- Michelle Lujan Grisham campaign website "Endorsements," Accessed May 26, 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
- Federal Election Commission "Michelle Lujan Grisham's Summary Report," Accessed August 20, 2013
- Open Secrets "Michelle Grisham 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 26, 2013
- Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
- OpenCongress, "Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham," accessed August 22, 2013
- GovTrack, "Michelle Lujan Grisham," Accessed April 17, 2013
- OpenSecrets.org "Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM), 2011," accessed February 19, 2013
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Martin Heinrich (D)
|U.S. House of Representatives - New Mexico, District 1
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