Michelle Lujan Grisham
Michelle Lujan Grisham
Country: New Mexico
Michelle Lynn Lujan Grisham (October 24, 1959) is an American lawyer and politician currently serving as the 32nd governor of New Mexico since 2019. She previously served as the U.S. Representative for New Mexico’s 1st congressional district from 2013 to 2019.
Grisham was born and raised in Los Alamos, New Mexico. She went to St. Michael’s High School and received her B.A. degree from the University of New Mexico in 1981. She later earned a Juris Doctor from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 1987.
In 2011, Grisham was elected to the U.S. Congress, where she served three terms in Washington on behalf of New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District. As a Congress member, she supported equal pay for women, public schools, lands, local tribes, and veterans’ health care. She was also a strong advocate for saving and creating job opportunities in New Mexico. As chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, she became a vocal and national leader in the battle against reactionary federal anti-immigrant policies.
Grisham was the state Cabinet secretary at the New Mexico Department of Aging and Long-term Services and Department of Health. In December 2016, Grisham was the first person to announce her candidacy for governor of New Mexico. On June 5, 2018, she became the Democratic party’s nominee and was elected governor on November 6, 2018. She was sworn into office on January 1, 2019.
As governor, Grisham has implemented a series of evidence-based policies to transform New Mexico’s public education system and expand the state’s economy. The goal was to include more high-quality employment opportunities and preserve New Mexico’s natural environment. In 2019, she oversaw one of the most productive legislative sessions in state history, signing a broad package of bipartisan bills into law, a historic investment in public education, and a landmark transition to clean energy.
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