Michelle Lujan Grisham

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Michelle Lujan Grisham
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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
Personal 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]

Lujan Grisham is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014.The general election takes 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.

Biography

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.[4]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Lujan Grisham serves on the following committees:[6]

Issues

Legislative action

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[7] For more information pertaining to Lujan Grisham's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]



National security

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "No" 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.[9]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "Yes" 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.[9]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "Yes" 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.[10] The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[9]

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "Yes" 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.[9]

Economy

Federal Statutory Pay Adjustment Elimination

Voted "No" 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.[11][9]

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "No" 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.[12] [9]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "No" 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.[13][9]

Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act

Voted "No" 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.[13][9]

Social issues

SNAP challenge
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.[14] 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.[15]

Amash amendement

Voted "Yes" 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.[9]

Campaign themes

2012

According to her website, Lujan Grishman's campaign platform included the following issues[16]:

  • 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

Elections

2014

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 takes place November 4, 2014.

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][17]

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

Endorsements

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.[18] 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.[19]

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.[20]

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.[21]

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

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Michelle Lujan Grisham's reports.[22]

Michelle Lujan Grisham (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April QuarterlyApril 15, 2013$9,693$226,274$(22,901)$213,065
July QuarterlyJuly 15, 2013$213,065$237,843$(46,001)$404,907
Running totals
$464,117$(68,902)

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.[23] This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[24]

Cost per vote

Grisham spent $10.71 per vote received in 2012.

Analysis

Like-minded colleagues

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.[25]

Grisham most often votes with:

Grisham least often votes with:

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. [26]

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, 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.[27]

Voting with party

2013

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.[28]

Personal

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

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References

  1. Politico "2012 House Race Results"
  2. 2.0 2.1 Associated Press "New Mexico - Summary Vote Results," June 6, 2012
  3. New Mexico Secretary of State "2012 Primary Results"
  4. 4.0 4.1 Michelle Lujan Grisham campaign website "Meet Michelle," Accessed May 26, 2012
  5. 5.0 5.1 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham's Biography," accessed June 13, 2013
  6. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 9.7 9.8 Project Vote Smart, "Michelle Lujan Grisham's Political Summary," accessed September 11, 2013
  10. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  11. Wikipedia, "An Act to eliminate the 2013 statutory pay adjustment for Federal employees," accessed September 11, 2013
  12. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 11, 2013
  13. 13.0 13.1 Chicago Sun-Times, "How they voted," August 9, 2013
  14. U.S. House.gov, "Full Member List of Congressional Snap Challenge," accessed September 25, 2013
  15. Feeding America, "Taking the SNAP Challenge," accessed September 25, 2013
  16. Michelle Lujan Grisham campaign website "Issues," Accessed May 26, 2012
  17. New Mexico Secretary of State "2012 Primary Results"
  18. Michelle Lujan Grisham campaign website "Endorsements," Accessed May 26, 2012
  19. The (New Mexico) Republic "Democrat Eric Griego tops in pre-primary fundraising in NM 1st Congressional District," May 25, 2012
  20. Huffington Post "HUFFPOST FUNDRACE -- Super PACs Concerned About Tone of Race," May 25, 2012
  21. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Michelle Lujan Grisham," Accessed April 22, 2013
  22. Federal Election Commission "Michelle Lujan Grisham's Summary Report," Accessed August 20, 2013
  23. Open Secrets "Michelle Grisham 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 26, 2013
  24. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  25. OpenCongress, "Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham," accessed August 22, 2013
  26. GovTrack, "Michelle Lujan Grisham," Accessed April 17, 2013
  27. OpenSecrets.org "Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM), 2011," accessed February 19, 2013
  28. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Martin Heinrich (D)
U.S. House of Representatives - New Mexico, District 1
2013-Present
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