Michelle Lujan Grisham
|Michelle Lujan Grisham|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Mexico's 1st district
January 3, 2013
|Preceded by||Martin Heinrich|
|Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Health|
October 24, 1959 |
Los Alamos, New Mexico
|Spouse(s)||Gregory Grisham (deceased)|
|Residence||Albuquerque, New Mexico|
|Alma mater||University of New Mexico (B.A.)
University of New Mexico School of Law (J.D.)
|Website||Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham|
Michelle Lujan Grisham (born October 24, 1959) is an American lawyer and politician who is currently the U.S. Representative for New Mexico's 1st congressional district, serving since 2013. She has previously served in the New Mexico state cabinet, and as Bernalillo County Commissioner.
Early life and education 
Lujan Grisham was born in Los Alamos, New Mexico, and grew up in Santa Fe. Her father, Buddy Lujan, practiced dentistry into his 80s until he died in March 2011. Her mother, Sonja, stayed at home. Michelle's sister Kimberly was diagnosed with a brain tumor when she was two years old. She quickly exhausted her lifetime caps on her health insurance. She died when she was 21 and the parents spent decades after Kimberly’s death paying off the debt, making health care reform an important issue for Michelle.
She graduated from St. Michael's High School. She received a bachelor of university studies degree from the University of New Mexico (UNM) in 1981. She earned a law degree from the UNM School of Law in 1987.
Public sector career 
Lujan Grisham served as director of New Mexico's Agency on Aging under Governors Bruce King, Gary Johnson, and Bill Richardson, who elevated the position to the state cabinet. In 2004, Richardson named Lujan Grisham the secretary of the Department of Health.
After the 2008 election, Lujan Grisham became a Bernalillo County Commissioner.
Congressional elections 
She resigned in order to run for the United States House of Representatives in the 2008 elections, losing in the Democratic primary to Martin Heinrich. He won the Democratic primary on June 3, 2008 with 44% of the vote. New Mexico Secretary of State Rebecca Vigil-Giron ranked second with 25% and Michelle Lujan-Grisham ranked third with 24% of the vote.
Lujan-Grisham sought the Democratic nomination for the House in 2012, with Martin Heinrich leaving to run for the United States Senate. She won the nomination, defeating Marty Chavez and Eric Griego. She faced Janice Arnold-Jones, a former member of the New Mexico House of Representatives, in the November general election. Lujan Grisham defeated Arnold-Jones, 59%-41%.
U.S. House of Representatives 
Congresswoman Lujan Grisham was sworn into a two-year term on January 3, 2013.
Committee assignments 
- Committee on Agriculture
- Committee on the Budget
- Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
Personal life 
Lujan Grisham's uncle is Manuel Lujan, Jr., who served in the House of Representatives from New Mexico as a Republican, and served as Secretary of Interior during the presidency of George H. W. Bush. Her grandfather, Eugene Lujan, was Chief Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court. Her cousin, Ben R. Luján, represents New Mexico's 3rd congressional district in the House of Representatives, while Ben Lujan was Speaker of the New Mexico House of Representatives.
Lujan Grisham's husband, Gregory, died of a brain aneurysm in 2004. The couple had two daughters. Lujan Grisham filed a wrongful death suit against her husband's physician, which was dismissed.
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Michelle Lujan Grisham|
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Ballotpedia
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Issue positions and quotes at On the Issues
- Voting record at The Washington Post
|United States House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Mexico's 1st congressional district
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