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
Cost per vote$10.71 in 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$435,001
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]

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. She served as the elected Bernalillo County Commissioner from 2011 until she assumed her seat in Congress in 2013.[5]

Lujan Grisham is seeking re-election to the U.S. House to represent the 1st Congressional District of New Mexico. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.[6]

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:[7]

Key votes

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[8] For more information pertaining to Lujan Grisham's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[9]

National security

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" Lujan Grisham voted in opposition of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[10]

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.[10]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Lujan Grisham voted in support of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). 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.[11] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[10]

NDAA

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.[10]

Economy

Government shutdown

Lujan Grisham plans to donate her salary to charities that help military veterans avoid homelessness.[12]

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[13] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[14] Lujan Grisham voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[13]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[15] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Lujan Grisham voted for HR 2775.[16]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

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.[17][10]

Immigration

Morton Memos 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.[18][10]

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.[19][10]

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.[19][10]

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.[20]

The SNAP Challenge encouraged participants to get a sense of what life is like for millions of low-income Americans facing hunger. By accepting the SNAP Challenge, participants committed 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.[21]

Amash amendment

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.[10]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Michelle Lujan Grisham's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of all Congressional members based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Lujan Grisham is a Moderate Liberal. Lujan Grisham received a score of 63 percent on personal issues and 27 percent on economic issues.[22]

On The Issues organization logo.
On The Issues Vote Quiz
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Favors
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Unknown
Absolute right to gun ownership Opposes Human needs over animal rights Unknown
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Unknown
Support & expand free trade Unknown Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Favors
Prioritize green energy Strongly Favors Expand the military Unknown
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Opposes Stay out of Iran Strongly Favors
Privatize Social Security Strongly Opposes Never legalize marijuana Unknown
Note: Information last updated in 2014.[22]

Campaign themes

2012

According to her website, Lujan Grishman's campaign platform included the following issues:[23]

  • 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 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

Lujan Grisham is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent New Mexico's 1st District. Lujan Grisham ran uncontested for the Democratic nomination in the primary on June 3, 2014.[24] 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 to represent New Mexico's 1st District. She defeated Eric Griego and Marty Chavez in the June 5 Democratic primary.[2][25]

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.[26] 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.[27]

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.[28]

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.[29]

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 Lujan Grisham's reports.[30]

Michelle Lujan Grisham (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly (amended)[31]July 13, 2013$9,693.01$226,274.00$(22,901.56)$213,065.45
July Quarterly[32]July 12, 2013$213,065.45$237,843.91$(46,001.70)$404,907.66
October Quarterly[33]October 15, 2013$404,907.66$165,173.01$(77,075.62)$493,005.05
Year-End Quarterly[34]December 31, 2013$493,005$235,961$(46,731)$681,834
April Quarterly[35]April 15, 2014$681,834.34$234,985.00$(74,328.04)$842,491.30
Running totals
$1,100,236.92$(267,037.92)


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.[36] This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[37]

Cost per vote

Grisham spent $10.71 per vote received in 2012.

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have personally benefited from their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics pioneered by the Government Accountability Institute:

  • The Net Worth Metric
  • The K-Street Metric (coming soon)
  • The Donation Concentration Metric (coming soon)
  • The Stock Oversight and Trades Metric (coming soon)

PGI: Net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Grisham's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $200,004 and $669,998. That averages to $435,001, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Grisham ranked as the 286th most wealthy representative in 2012.[38] Between 2011 and 2012, Lujan Grisham's calculated net worth[39] decreased by an average of 4 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[40]

Michelle Lujan Grisham Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2011$452,169
2012$435,001
Growth from 2011 to 2012:-4%
Average annual growth:-4%[41]
Comparatively, the average citizen experienced a yearly decline in net worth of 0.94%.[42]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership, and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

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.[43]

Lujan Grisham most often votes with:

Lujan 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.[44]

Voting with party

2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Michelle Lujan Grisham has voted with the Democratic Party 95.5% of the time, which ranked 33 among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[45]

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," accessed November 6, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 Associated Press, "New Mexico - Summary Vote Results," accessed 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. The Associated Press, "New Mexico - Summary Vote Results," accessed May 29, 2014
  7. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  9. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 10.7 10.8 Project Vote Smart, "Michelle Lujan Grisham's Political Summary," accessed September 11, 2013
  11. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  12. Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 2, 2013
  13. 13.0 13.1 Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  14. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  15. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  16. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. Congress.gov, "H.R.273 - To eliminate the 2013 statutory pay adjustment for Federal employees.," February 25, 2013
  18. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 11, 2013
  19. 19.0 19.1 Chicago Sun-Times, "How they voted," accessed August 9, 2013
  20. U.S. House.gov, "Full Member List of Congressional Snap Challenge," accessed September 25, 2013
  21. Feeding America, "Taking the SNAP Challenge," accessed September 25, 2013
  22. 22.0 22.1 On The Issues, "Michelle Lujan Grisham Vote Match," accessed June 18, 2014
  23. Michelle Lujan Grisham campaign website, "Issues," accessed May 26, 2012
  24. Associated Press, "New Mexico Summary Vote Results," June 3, 2014
  25. New Mexico Secretary of State, "2012 Primary Results"
  26. Michelle Lujan Grisham campaign website, "Endorsements," accessed May 26, 2012
  27. The (New Mexico) Republic, "Democrat Eric Griego tops in pre-primary fundraising in NM 1st Congressional District," accessed May 25, 2012
  28. Huffington Post, "HUFFPOST FUNDRACE -- Super PACs Concerned About Tone of Race," accessed May 25, 2012
  29. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Michelle Lujan Grisham," accessed April 22, 2013
  30. Federal Election Commission, "Michelle Lujan Grisham Summary Report," accessed May 1, 2014
  31. Federal Election Commission, "Friends of Michelle April Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  32. Federal Election Commission, "Friends of Michelle July Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission, "Friends of Michelle October Quarterly," accessed October 30, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission, "Friends of Michelle Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 12, 2014
  35. Federal Election Commission, "Friends of Michelle April Quarterly," accessed May 1, 2014
  36. Open Secrets, "Michelle Grisham 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 26, 2013
  37. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
  38. Open Secrets, "Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  39. This figure represents the average annual percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below) to 2012, divided by the number of years calculated.
  40. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  41. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  42. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  43. OpenCongress, "Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham," accessed August 22, 2013
  44. GovTrack, "Michelle Lujan Grisham," accessed April 17, 2013
  45. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
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U.S. House of Representatives - New Mexico, District 1
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