Get To Know Michelle Lujan Grisham

August 1, 2020

Michelle Lujan Grisham

The 2018 midterms were groundbreaking for female candidates; a record number of women were elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Michelle Lujan Grisham was one of those history-makers; she was elected New Mexico’s first Democratic woman elected governor and the first Democratic Latina elected state chief executive in the history of the U.S.

Before she was governor, Lujan Grisham represented New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. She ran initially in 2008 and lost, but went on to win in 2013 and served three terms.  

Her family has long ties to the state, too: She is a 12th-generation New Mexican. She was born in Los Alamos and raised in Santa Fe; she earned her undergraduate and law degrees from New Mexico University. 

As a congresswoman, she 

  • Served as chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and fought hard against anti-immigrant policies. She also served on the Congressional Native American Caucus
  • Fought for equal pay, to support local tribes, public schools, public land, and veterans’ health care.
  • Introduced Care Corps, which places volunteers in communities to provide non-medical services to seniors and disabled people.

As governor, she 

  • Signed key education bills in 2019, which provide funding increases to K-5+ and other evidence-based education programs.
  • Signed renewable energy bills into law in March 2020 that increased the state’s capacity for solar energy. 
  • Has dedicated herself to serving senior citizens by pushing a $25 million trust fund for senior citizens.

Lujan Grisham has been a vocal supporter of Biden and has opposed Trump’s comments on defunding police. As The Washington Post recently reported, Lujan Grisham said the following at a Biden fundraiser: “The Latino and Hispanic vote will be essential,” Lujan Grisham said last week at a fundraiser for Biden. “You know it. I know it. The occupant in the White House knows it.”