Ben Lujan

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U.S. Representative

Ben Lujan (D)

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NM-03
Positions
Leadership: No leadership position
Committees: House Committee on Homeland Security, House Committee on Science and Technology
(subcommittees and past assignments)
Next election: Nov. 6, 2012

Primary challenge: No

Incumbent running: Yes

2012 candidates for NM-03

Confirmed: Jeff Byrd, Ben Lujan
Possible: None so far
Out: None so far
(more info & editing for NM-03)
On the Web
Official website


Ben R. Lujan has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, representing the 3rd district of the State of New Mexico, since 2009.

Contents

Positions, record and controversies

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Taxes

Lujan supports revoking the Bush tax cuts and shifting these tax breaks to the middle class. [1]

Education

Lujan will work to increase Pell grants and make federal loan easier to repay. He supports programs that reimburse students for college expenses based on community service projects and a commitment to public service to encourage students to pursue careers that help their communities. He is against the No Child Left Behind Act. He would support local control of schools with adequate funding. [1]

Environment and Energy

Lujan believes an investment in renewable energy development will create new jobs and lead the way to reducing our dependence on oil and other fossil fuels. Lujan believes the U.S. must become energy independent and produce clean, renewable energy in the United States. Lujan supports 'Use it or Lose it' legislation that requires oil companies to use the 68 million available leased but untapped acres they have available to them to increase domestic production, increasing our investment in renewable energy, increasing fuel efficiency in our automobiles. He also supports increasing fuel efficiency as well as research and development to improve fuel efficiency standards. He will also work to extend the Production Tax Credit to encourage economic growth and job creation in the renewable energy industry by promoting stability. [1]

Lujan believes in implementing a cap and trade program, reducing emissions by raising CAFE standards, and funding national laboratories to do more renewable energy research. [1]

Iraq War

Lujan believes the U.S. must end the Iraq War and supports developing an immediate timetable for withdrawal. The U.S. must take immediate steps to create an international diplomatic council, which includes Iraq’s neighbors, key allies and the United Nations, to stabilize the current civil unrest and bring the conflicting factions into peace talks. [1]

Government Reform

Lujan seeks to increase transparency and track where every dollar goes to make sure no one is abusing their federal contract. [1]

Health

Lujan supports universal health care that is built on principles of affordability, accessibility and quality.

  • No one should be denied care for a pre-existing condition
  • Health care should be portable and not tied to your job
  • Redundancy and waste should be eliminated to reduce costs
  • You should be able to choose your own doctor

While overhauling healthcare, Lujan supports the expansion of SCHIP and improve Medicare. He also seeks to expand children's healthcare. [1]

Bio

Lujan was born June 7, 1972, in Santa Fe, N.M., and holds a bachelor's dergee from New Mexico Highlands University. Before running for the U.S. House, he served as the Chairman of the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission.[2]

2008 elections

Lujan won the Democratic nomination for the seat vacated by Rep. Tom Udall (D-N.M.). Udall vacated the post to run for the senate seat of retired Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.). He defeated Dan East in the November 4, 2008 general election.[3]

Money in politics

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Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
National Assn of Home Builders$ 15,000
Votesane PAC$ 13,050
L&F Distributors$ 12,500
Blue Cross/Blue Shield$ 12,000
PNM Resources$ 12,000
New York Life Insurance$ 11,250
Air Line Pilots Assn$ 10,000
American Council of Engineering Cos$ 10,000
American Physical Therapy Assn$ 10,000
Carpenters & Joiners Union$ 10,000
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' www.OpenSecrets.org site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for Ben Lujan
from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals

Committees and affiliations

Committees

Affiliations

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Contact

DC office
  • 330 Cannon House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-6190 Fax: 202-226-1528
    Webform email
District offices
  • 811 St. Michael's Drive Suite 104, Santa Fe, NM 87505
    Ph: 505-984-8950 Fax: (none entered)
  • 3200 Civic Center NE Suite 330, Rio Rancho, NM 87144
    Ph: 505-994-0499 Fax: (none entered)
  • 800 Municipal Drive, Farmington, NM 87401
    Ph: 505-324-1005 Fax: (none entered)
On the Web
Campaign office
  • [http://www.benrlujan.com Campaign website]
  • No campaign webform email entered.
  • P.O. Box 31129, Santa Fe, NM 87594
    Ph: (none entered) Fax: (none entered)

Twitter

Ben Lujan posts on Twitter at http://twitter.com/repbenraylujan/

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Articles and resources

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 official Lujan for Congress website Issues Section
  2. Official House Web site
  3. Richard E. Berg-Andersson, "New Mexico 2008 General Election," The Green Papers, retrieved November 5, 2008

External resources

External articles

Marie Horrigan, "Three's a crowd in New Mexico House races," CQPolitics, April 4, 2008.


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