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U.S. Senator

Tom Udall




Leadership: No leadership position
Committees: Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Senate Committee on Rules and Administration
(subcommittees and past assignments)

Candidates for the NM-Senate Class II Seat:
(Next election: 4 November 2014)

Confirmed: None so far
Considering: None so far
Rumored: None so far
Potential: None so far
Dropped-out: None so far
(more info and editing for the NM-Senate Class II Seat)
On the Web
Official website

Thomas Stewart Udall, a Democrat, currently serves as the junior member in the U.S. Senate from New Mexico. Formerly, Udall represented the Third Congressional District of New Mexico in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1999 to 2008. He won the 2008 Democratic primary to fill retiring Sen. Pete Domenici's seat and then defeated Republican Stevan Pearce in the general election.


Record and controversies

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Iraq War

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Udall says that, "The War in Iraq was a bad idea from the beginning. It is time to bring our troops home. I opposed the war then, and I oppose it now." He also visited Iraq in 2006 and called for a phased redeployment by the end of 2006. [1] Udall voted against the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

Udall voted "yes" on H CON RES 63 in February 2007, which was approved in the House by a margin of 246 to 182 [2]. This bill stated that Congress "disapproves" of the president's plan for 20,000 new troops in Iraq. To correspond with his anti-war beliefs, Udall also has had consistently high support for interest groups such as the American-Islamic Relations and Peace Action. [3].

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal


Udall has consistently supported NARAL Pro-Choice America and Planned Parenthood, while just as consistently been against the interests of the National Right to Life Committee [4]. On December 6, 2006, he voted "no" on the failed "Abortion Pain Bill." [5] On May 5, 2005, he voted "yes" on the also rejected Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment, which was a liberal leaning bill. [6].

Gun issues

The National Rifle Association gave Udall a grade of D-minus in 2006, and in contrast, has been supported by groups such as The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. [7]. His anti-gun status has been reaffirmed by his voting record for bills such as the Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill, which was passed in the House in 2005, but received a "no" vote by Udall. [8]. He voted "no" on the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, which passed in the House as well. [9].


Udall has consistently supported the American Immigration Lawyers Association, which is left-leaning, and consistently gets high grades from Democrats. [10] He does not support the group U.S. Border Control, which is on the conservative-end of the spectrum. [11]. Udall voted "no" on the passed Secure Fence Act of 2006, which was designed to tighten border security. [12]. He also voted "no" on the passed Immigration Law Enforcement Act of 2006, which gave state and local governments the authority to investigate and prosecute cases concerning illegal immigrants. [13].

Social Security

Udall has consistently received full support from the interest groups Alliance for Retired Americans and the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, who both opposed Social Security reforms proposed by the Republican Party in 2005. [14]. He also has voted "yes" on many bills that prevent investing one's Social Security in the stock market. [15].

2008 election

Following the retirement announcement of Sen. Pete Domenici, speculation mounted over whether Udall would enter the race to replace New Mexico's senior senator. On October 5, 2007, Udall announced he would not vacate his seat for a Senate bid.[2] A grassroots movement called Draft Udall, organized by former Udall intern, began soliciting pledges of support should the Congressman decide to enter the race.[3] At the same time, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee begin to pressure Udall as well.[4]

On November 9, Udall's chief of staff confirmed a senate bid, indicating a formal announcement would follow.[5]

On June 3, 2008, he captured the nomination.[6]



Udall was born May 18, 1948. He graduated from Prescott College in 1970. In 1975, he graduated from Cambridge University 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. After graduating, Tom Udall was Law Clerk to Chief Justice Oliver Seth of the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. Tom's legal career then included appointments as Assistant US Attorney in the criminal division and Chief Counsel to the Department of Health and Environment. A partnership followed in the Miller Law Firm.

From 1991 to 1999 he served New Mexico as Attorney General. He is the son of Stewart Udall, who was Secretary of the Interior from 1961 to 1969, nephew of Congressman Morris Udall, and cousin of Colorado Congressman Mark Udall and Oregon Senator Gordon Smith.

Congressional Career

Udall was elected to Congress as a Representative in 1998, and since 2009, Udall has served as a  Senator from New Mexico.

2006 Election

In 2006, the Republicans nominated Ronald M. Dolin to face Udall in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [16] Udall retained his seat.

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
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
League of Conservation Voters$ 63,143
University of New Mexico$ 40,700
JStreetPAC$ 38,250
Comcast Corp$ 28,600
PNM Resources$ 22,450
WPP Group$ 19,550
K&L Gates$ 17,847
DLA Piper$ 17,586
Dentons$ 17,500
Brownstein, Hyatt et al$ 16,650
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' 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 Tom Udall
from the Center for Responsive Politics' 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 in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

Caucuses and Coalitions

  • New Democrat Coalition
  • Rural Health Care Coalition
  • Steering Committee

Boards and Other Affiliations

  • President, National Association of Attorneys General, 1996
  • New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board, 1986-1987
  • Kiwanis Club of Albuquerque, Incorporated
  • Former Board Member, La Compania de Teatro de Albuquerque
  • Board Member, LAW FUND, Regional Environmental Public Interest Law Firm
  • Leadership Award, National Commission Against Drunk Driving
  • Public Service Award, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

More Background Data


DC office
  • 110 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510
    Ph: 202-224-6621 Fax: 202-226-1331
    Webform email
District offices
  • 201 3rd Street, NW Suite 710, Albuquerque, NM 87102
    Ph: 505.346.6791 Fax: (none entered)
  • 505 South Main, Suite 118, Loretto Town Center, Las Cruces, NM 88001
    Ph: 505.526.5475 Fax: (none entered)
  • 120 South Federal Place, Suite 302, Santa Fe, NM 87501
    Ph: 505.988.6511 Fax: (none entered)
On the Web
Campaign office


Articles and Resources


  1. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
  2. Udall Won't Run For Senate, Heath Haussamen on New Mexico Politics, October 5, 2007
  3. " Udall confirms Senate run; Wiviott to seek House seat", Heath Haussamen on New Mexico Politics, November 10, 2007
  4. David Mark, "Udall to seek N.M. Senate seat", Politico, November 10, 2007.
  5. Deborah Baker, "NM Rep. Tom Udall to run for Senate," The Associated Press, provided by The Washington Post, November 10, 2007]
  6. Richard E. Berg-Andersson, "New Mexico 2008 General Election," The Green Papers, retrieved August 11, 2008.

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