Michelle Lujan Grisham

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House, New Mexico, District #1

Contact Information:

505 Marquette Avenue, NW
Suite 1605,
Albuquerque, NM 87102
202-225-6316
http://lujangrisham.house.gov/

Biography:

As a young attorney she worked for the Lawyer Referral for the Elderly Program of the State Bar of New Mexico. Michelle fought to protect seniors from scam artists, safeguard them from abuse and neglect, and helped them to remain in their homes. Because of her tireless work on behalf of seniors, four-term Governor Bruce King to appointed her to head the New Mexico State Agency on Aging; she served as the state’s first Secretary of Aging and Long Term Services when the department was elevated to a cabinet position.
As head of the State Agency on Aging under both Democratic and Republican administrations, Michelle implemented a system of undercover investigations while she herself went undercover to expose patient abuse and facility mismanagement happening in nursing facilities.

Elected in 2010 as a Bernalillo County Commissioner she hit the ground running, leading efforts to bring more transparency and accountability to county government and sponsoring new ethics standards for county officeholders, contractors, and staff.

Michelle is committed to supporting a woman’s right to choose and will strongly oppose any move to limit access to that right. As Health Secretary, Michelle defied the Bush Administration’s abstinence-only policy. Instead, she invested in age-appropriate, comprehensive sex education, including birth control. She expanded school based health centers statewide, which included the provision of sex education and family planning services. And she increased funding for Planned Parenthood in New Mexico.

In Congress, Michelle will oppose legislation requiring parental notification or consent prior to a young women being able to access contraceptive services or abortion. She also opposes fetal crime legislation that ascribes personhood to a fetus. She supports requiring insurance coverage for contraceptive medications and over-the-counter access to emergency contraception. And she supports stem cell research that could save lives and cure diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Most importantly, Michelle views these issues within the larger framework of reproductive justice, which is the confluence of reproductive rights, health care and social justice issues of poverty, race and ethnicity, human rights and the empowerment of all women.

She is an early advocate for the Hate Crimes Act and spearheaded efforts to recognize same-sex partners as legally qualified to make medical and healthcare decisions for their partners. New Mexico was the first state to include the provision in state law, and served as a model for other states.
She has also spent a career advocating for home and community-based long-term care programs.

Committees:

House Committee on Agriculture
House Committee on the Budget
House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

Caucuses:

Native American Caucus
Pro-Choice Caucus
Women's Caucus
Science and National Labs Caucus

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