CONGRESSMAN BEN RAY Luján, NM 3RD District
Since he was sworn into Congress, Rep. Ben Ray Luján has worked to get our economy back on track, reform health insurance, build a clean energy economy, and stand up for consumers. Rep. Luján has stood up for New Mexicans who are struggling in these difficult economic times by voting to provide tax cuts for families and small businesses, working to reform our broken health insurance system, and fighting to reform Wall Street. He has worked for the people of New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District, passing legislation that invests in scientific research at New Mexico’s national laboratories, fighting for Tribal Colleges and Universities and Hispanic Serving Institutions, and advocating for STEM education to prepare students for jobs of tomorrow. As a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Luján is working to expand broadband access in rural communities and see that new opportunities are created through increased access to the latest technological advances.
At the beginning of the 113th Congress, Rep. Luján was appointed to the House Democratic Leadership as a Chief Deputy Whip. In this new position, he has promoted the Democratic agenda to create jobs and build a brighter future for all Americans. Luján is also the 1st Vice Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. His work in Congress to ensure that the Hispanic community is included in the emerging clean energy economy earned him the recognition of one of Hispanic Business Magazine’s 100 Most Influential Hispanics.
HECTOR BALDERAS – NEW MEXICO, Candidate for Attorney General
Raised by a single mother in Wagon Mound, New Mexico, Hector gained an understanding of the importance of compassion and respect. Through hard work and dedication, Hector overcame obstacles and eventually became the first person from Wagon Mound to graduate from law school and become an attorney. As a trailblazer, Hector ran for a seat in the New Mexico House of Representatives with no prior political experience. His genuine investment in his community led him to a victory, and kick-started his passion for advancing legislation. In 2007, he began the first of two terms as State Auditor.
For his commitment to political accountability and his involvement in the community, Hector was awarded the New Frontier Award by the Harvard Institute of Politics and the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation in 2010. The annual award is given to Americans whose contributions in elective office or community service demonstrate the impact and value of public service in the spirit of John F. Kennedy.