Protecting New Mexico’s
Treasured Natural Resources
A leading voice in the House in the fight against climate change,
Ben Ray understands the devastating impact that drought
and wildfires have had in New Mexico.
Standing up for New Mexicans
Ben Ray has fought to improve health care for New Mexicans by investigating the health-insurance industry’s denial practices and spearheading development of legislation that expands access to insurance and closes loopholes. The industry had been using these loopholes to unfairly deny medical claims and void policies. Luján also took on Qwest when they refused to honor their promise to invest in New Mexico.
New Mexican Values
Ben Ray Luján was born and raised in New Mexico,
growing up in the small community of Nambe.
Since joining Congress in 2009, he has worked to get our economy back on track,
supported health insurance reform, fought to reform Wall Street, and stood up for
consumers by cosponsoring the Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights.
Ben Ray Luján knows that New Mexicans are struggling, and he’s working to create and keep jobs in New Mexico. He supported the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which saved jobs for thousands of New Mexicans, including teachers, police officers and firefighters. And the legislation provided the largest middle class tax cut ever. Luján also co-chairs the bipartisan Tech Transfer Caucus, which focuses on how to strengthen our economy by helping move innovations occurring at our national labs and universities into the marketplace.
Ben Ray Luján cosponsored the Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act, authorizing Congress to approve advanced appropriations to the Department of Veterans Affairs. This will provide them with time to plan to deliver the best care for veterans. Luján opened his district offices to veterans to sign up for the new GI Bill, which provides opportunities for returning Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans to go to college.
Ben Ray Luján introduced legislation to protect treasured land in New Mexico, including the Sabinoso Wildress and the Rio Grande del Norte conservation area. Rep. Lujan has also been instrumental in advocating for our Acequias and our Land Grants so that New Mexico’s traditions are preserved. Luján introduced language to support New Mexico’s acequia associations, allowing them to be eligible for federal funds.
In a competitive global economy, higher education is more important than ever. Ben Ray Luján supported student loan reform, which will increase Pell Grants and make it easier for college students to pay back their loans. Ben Ray Luján introduced the Community College Energy Training Act, which will provide funding to expand clean energy programs at community college.
On the Committee on Science and Technology, is working to expand and improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) curriculum in our schools. America needs to produce more scientists, innovators and engineers to compete in a global economy. Rep. Luján cosponsored the STEM Education Coordination Act, which will coordinate STEM education activities and help improve the program.
Improving Schools for New Mexico’s Children
We can help get our economy back by empowering the next generation with the skills and knowledge they need to create jobs here in New Mexico. Schools in New Mexico need support to lower dropout rates and increase student performance. By supporting the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Ben Ray Luján made sure that teachers stayed in the classroom. There was also significant investments in school improvements.
Ben Ray Luján is going to keep fighting to help students get a strong education, reduce dropout rates, and improve college educations for all students.
- Graduation Rates 70.3%
- Female 74.9%
- Male 65.9%