Ben (Ben Ray) Ray Lujan, Jr. (D-USH03)
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Capitol: 202.225.6190
FAX: 202.226.1528
District: 505.984.8950
District FAX: 505.986.5047
Representative
Room 2231 RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building 50 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20515-3103

Residence: Nambe, NM
Elected: 2008    Next Election: 2018
DOB: 6/7/1972
Committee Assignments
Co-ChairCongressional Nuclear Cleanup Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Technology Transfer Caucus
Co-ChairHouse Science and National Labs Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection
FC MemberHouse Beef Caucus
FC MemberHouse Algae Energy Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Transparency Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Ports-to-Plains Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Innovation and Entrepreneurship
FC MemberCongressional Nepal Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Natural Gas Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Health
FC MemberCongressional Soccer Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Land Conservation Caucus
FC MemberU.S.-Mexico Friendship Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on the Internet of Things
FC MemberCongressional Hispanic Caucus
FC MemberAir Force Caucus
FC MemberNational Heritage Area Caucus
FC MemberPopulist Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Dairy Farmers Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Entertainment Industries Caucus
FC MemberCongressional International Creativity and Theft-Prevention Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Energy and Commerce
FC MemberCongressional Research and Development Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Library of Congress Caucus
FC MemberGreen Schools Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Organic Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Automotive Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Career and Technical Education Caucus (CTE)
FC MemberCongressional Cyber Security Caucus
FC MemberFriends of Job Corps Congressional Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Wildlife Refuge Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Safe Climate Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Dyslexia Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Native American Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Humanities Caucus
FC MemberHouse General Aviation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Wine Caucus
FC MemberSustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC)
FC MemberCongressional Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education Caucus [STEM Caucus]
FC MemberCongressional TRIO Caucus
FC MemberCommunity College Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Sportsmen's Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Multiple Sclerosis Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Cystic Fibrosis Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Bike Caucus
FC MemberBicameral Congressional Caucus on Parkinson's Disease
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease
FC MemberHouse Small Brewers Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Arts Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Diabetes Caucus

Bio

Born and raised in New Mexico, Rep. Ben Ray Lujan grew up in Nambe, a small farming community north of Santa Fe bordered by the pueblos of Nambe and Pojoaque. It was there that he learned the time-honored traditions and values of New Mexico.

Since he was sworn into Congress, Rep. Lujan has fought to create jobs, ensure access to affordable, quality health insurance, build a clean energy economy, and protect consumers.

He has stood up for New Mexicans who are struggling in difficult economic times by voting to provide tax cuts for families and small businesses, working to reform the healthcare system, and fighting to prioritize Main Street values over those of Wall Street. He has fought for the people of New Mexico's Third Congressional District by passing legislation that provides resources to combat the opioid epidemic and offers assistance to pregnant women and women with small children struggling with addiction. He has also authored legislation that invests in scientific research at New Mexico's national laboratories; and creates opportunities for Acequia and Community Ditch Associations to receive federal funding Rep. Lujan represents his diverse district by participating in a variety of Caucuses including the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the Native American Caucus, and the Natural Gas Caucus.

Rep. Lujan sits on the Energy and Commerce Committee, which enables him to serve the needs of the district which spans from San Juan County in the Northwest to Roosevelt County in the Southeast - and the treasured lands in between.

As a member of the Health Subcommittee, Lujan is focusing on increasing access to health care, reducing health disparities, and addressing drug abuse that has impacted too many families in New Mexico. From his position on the Digital Commerce & Consumer Protection Subcommittee, Rep. Lujan is working to increase access to the latest technological advances, ensure that rural communities are not left behind in the deployment of reliable broadband services and making sure consumers' interests are protected.

In 2011, Rep. Lujan, founded the bipartisan Technology Transfer Caucus to bring together members who share the goal of strengthening our economy by helping move technological innovations that are occurring at New Mexico's national labs and universities into the marketplace. Lujan also serves as a co-chair of the bipartisan National Labs Caucus, which raises awareness about the importance of the national labs to the long-term economic vitality and security of the nation. And, he co-leads the Congressional Cleanup Caucus, which stresses the need to address environmental management issues.

In 2013, Rep. Lujan was appointed to the House Democratic Leadership as a Chief Deputy Whip. In this position, he promoted the Democratic agenda to create jobs and build a brighter future for all Americans. In the last Congress, Lujan served as Chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and this year he was elected by his colleagues to again serve in this role for the current session of Congress.

Prior to his election to the U.S. House, Rep. Lujan served as the Chairman of the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission. As a Commissioner, Rep. Lujan worked with his colleagues to develop a renewable portfolio standard to increase renewable energy production by New Mexico utilities to 20 percent of their total production by 2020 and to diversify utilities' renewable portfolios to include solar energy. On behalf of the state of New Mexico, Rep. Lujan joined his fellow Commissioners from California, Oregon, and Washington to sign onto the Joint Action Framework on Climate Change to create regional solutions to climate change.

With the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission, Rep. Lujan advocated for first responders. He worked with firefighters, the state legislature, and other officials to overhaul the New Mexico Fire Fund so that all distributions from the fund would go to improving fire services in New Mexico.

Rep. Lujan also worked to improve healthcare as a member of the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission by investigating the denial practices of the health insurance industry. The investigation led to the development of legislation that expanded access to insurance and closed loopholes the industry had been using to unfairly deny medical claims and void policies. Prior to his service on the Public Regulation Commission, Rep. Lujan served as the New Mexico Cultural Affairs Department's director of administrative services and chief financial officer.

Rep. Lujan earned his Bachelor's degree from New Mexico Highlands University in Business Administration.








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