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Ben Lujan (D)
|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)|
Positions, record and controversies
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Lujan supports revoking the Bush tax cuts and shifting these tax breaks to the middle class. 
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. 
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. 
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. 
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. 
Lujan seeks to increase transparency and track where every dollar goes to make sure no one is abusing their federal contract. 
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. 
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.
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.
Money in politics
This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. For specific controversies, see this article's record and controversies section.
|Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle|
|Donor||Amount (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|
- Revolving door profile for Ben Lujan from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
- 2006 privately funded travel profile for Ben Lujan from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
- Personal finance profile for Ben Lujan from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
Committees and affiliations
- House Committee on Homeland Security
- House Committee on Science and Technology
More background data
|On the Web|
Articles and resources
- 2008 U.S. congressional elections
- Portal:New Mexico and the U.S. Congress
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 official Lujan for Congress website Issues Section
- ↑ Official House Web site
- ↑ Richard E. Berg-Andersson, "New Mexico 2008 General Election," The Green Papers, retrieved November 5, 2008
- 2008 Race Tracker page on New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District
- Official Ben Lujan for Congress Website
Marie Horrigan, "Three's a crowd in New Mexico House races," CQPolitics, April 4, 2008.
Semantic data ()
|From the Sunlight Foundation API|
|Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives|
|Title: Rep||First name: Ben||Middle name: Ray||Last name: Luj|
|Party: D||State: NM||District:
03 District short: 3
|Currently in office? True|
|Phone: 202-225-6190||Fax: 202-226-1528||Website: http://lujan.house.gov||Webform email: https://forms.house.gov/lujan/contact-form.shtml|
|DC office: 2446 Rayburn House Office Building|
|Bioguide ID: L000570||Votesmart ID: 102842||FEC ID: H8NM03196||Govtrack ID: 412293|
|CRP ID: N00029562||Eventful ID:||Old Sunlight ID:||Twitter ID: RepBenRayLujan|
|OpenCongress Wiki URL: http://www.opencongress.org/wiki/Ben_Lujan||YouTubeID: http://youtube.com/Repbenraylujan||Senate class:|
|Entered manually within the Template:Politician|
|U.S. House of Representatives|
Ranking Member On:
Ranking Member On:
|First Elected to Current Office:
November 4, 2008
|First Took Current Office:
January 3, 2009
November 2, 2010
|Previous Political Work?
New Mexico Public Regulation Commission
|Other Party Membership:|
Date of Birth: June 7, 1972
November 4, 2008