Tom Udall

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Tom Udall
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United States Senator
from New Mexico
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 2009
Serving with Martin Heinrich
Preceded by Pete Domenici
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Mexico's 3rd district
In office
January 3, 1999 – January 3, 2009
Preceded by Bill Redmond
Succeeded by Ben R. Luján
28th New Mexico Attorney General
In office
1991–1999
Preceded by Harold Stratton
Succeeded by Patricia Madrid
Personal details
Born Thomas Stewart Udall
(1948-05-18) May 18, 1948 (age 65)
Tucson, Arizona
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Jill Cooper
Children Amanda Cooper
Residence Santa Fe, New Mexico
Alma mater Prescott College (B.A.)
Cambridge University (LL.B.)
University of New Mexico School of Law (J.D.)
Profession Attorney
Religion The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon)
Website Senate website

Thomas Stewart "Tom" Udall (born May 18, 1948) is the senior United States Senator from New Mexico and a member of the Democratic Party. First elected to the Senate in 2008, he represented New Mexico's 3rd congressional district as a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1999 to 2009, and was the Attorney General of New Mexico from 1991 to 1999.

Early life, education, and law career[edit]

Udall was born in Tucson, Arizona, to Ermalee Lenora (née Webb) and Stewart Udall, the Secretary of the Interior from 1961 to 1969. Two of his maternal great-grandparents were Swiss.[1] He attended Prescott College and graduated with a pre-law degree[dubious ][dubious ]in 1970. In 1975, he graduated from the University of Cambridge in England with a Bachelor of Law degree. That fall, he enrolled in the University of New Mexico School of Law and graduated with a Juris Doctor in 1977.

Following that graduation, Udall was a law clerk to Chief Judge Oliver Seth of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. His legal career then included appointments as Assistant U.S. Attorney in the criminal division and Chief Counsel to the Department of Health and Environment.

Early political career[edit]

In 1982, Udall ran for Congress in the newly created 3rd district, based in the state capital, Santa Fe, and most of north of the state. He lost the Democratic primary to Bill Richardson. In 1989, he ran for Congress again in a special election for the Albuquerque-based 1st district seat left open by retiring twenty-year incumbent Manuel Lujan, but narrowly lost to Bernalillo County District Attorney Steven Schiff. From 1991 to 1999 he served as Attorney General of New Mexico.[2]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Elections[edit]

Udall ran for Congress again in 1998 in the 3rd district against incumbent Bill Redmond, who had been elected in a 1997 special election to replace Richardson. Redmond was a conservative Republican representing a heavily Democratic district, and the 3rd's partisan tilt helped Udall defeat Redmond with 53 percent of the vote.[3] He was reelected four more times with no substantive opposition, including an unopposed run in 2002.

Tenure[edit]

As a U.S. Representative, Tom Udall was a member of the centrist New Democrat Coalition and the more liberal Congressional Progressive Caucus. He was also a member of the United States House Peak Oil Caucus, which he co-founded with Representative Roscoe Bartlett of Maryland.[4][5]

Committee assignments[edit]

U.S. Senate[edit]

Elections[edit]

In November 2007, Udall announced he would run for the Senate seat held by retiring incumbent Pete Domenici.[6] Potential Democratic rival Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chavez dropped out, handing Udall the nomination. New Mexico's other two members of the House, 1st and 3rd district's Heather Wilson and Steve Pearce, ran in the Republican primary. Pearce won the Republican nomination, and lost to Udall, who won 61 percent of the vote.

While Udall was running for Senate in New Mexico, his younger first cousin, Congressman Mark Udall, was running for the Senate in Colorado. Their double second cousin, incumbent Gordon Smith of Oregon, was also running for reelection. Both Udalls won and Smith lost.

Tenure[edit]

Udall has voted with his party 97 percent of the time since he was first elected to the U.S. Senate. He voted in favor of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010, FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, DREAM Act,[7] American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act, and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009.[8]

Legislation[edit]

On March 19, 2013, Udall introduced into the Senate the Sandia Pueblo Settlement Technical Amendment Act (S. 611; 113th Congress), a bill that would transfer some land to the Sandia Pueblo tribe.[9][10]

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships

Personal life[edit]

Udall is married to Jill Cooper Udall. They live in Santa Fe with their daughter, Amanda Cooper. Udall is the nephew of Arizona Congressman Morris Udall, and first cousin of senior Colorado U.S. Senator Mark Udall, double second cousin of former Oregon U.S. Senator Gordon Smith,[11] and second cousin of Utah U.S. Senator Mike Lee.[12]

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Harold Stratton
Attorney General of New Mexico
1991–1999
Succeeded by
Patricia A. Madrid
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Bill Redmond
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Mexico's 3rd congressional district

1999–2009
Succeeded by
Ben R. Luján
United States Senate
Preceded by
Pete Dominici
U.S. Senator (Class 2) from New Mexico
January 3, 2009 – present
Served alongside: Jeff Bingaman, Martin Heinrich
Incumbent
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Mark Udall
D-Colorado
United States Senators by seniority
57th
Succeeded by
Mike Johanns
R-Nebraska
Party political offices
Preceded by
Gloria Tristani
2002
Democratic Party nominee for United States Senator (class 2) from New Mexico
2008
Succeeded by
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