Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Michelle Lujan Grisham
Current Office: U.S. House - District 1, Democratic
First Elected: 11/06/2012
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 1
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary June 3, 2014
Gender: Female
Family: Widow; 2 Children: Taylor, Erin
Birth Date: 10/24/1959
Birth Place: Los Alamos, NM
Home City: Albuquerque, NM
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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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  • Michelle Grisham. Issue Postion: Women's Rights. 1 January 2012. “Michelle is absolutely committed to supporting a woman's right to choose and will strongly oppose any move to limit access to that right.” (votesmart.org)
  • Michelle Grisham. Issues. 17 February 2012. “The right to choose has been a fundamental right enjoyed by women for more than two generations. But today that right is more tenuous than it has ever been in the last four decades because of repeated attempts by this Congress to turn back the clock on women and families. Michelle is life-long supporter of women’s reproductive rights. She will stand strong against attacks on the right to choose, women’s health care, and Planned Parenthood.” (www.michellelujangrisham.com)
  • Michelle Grisham. Facebook: Wall. 22 February 2012. "Today we recognize the anniversary of another landmark Supreme Court Decision. 39 years ago Roe v. Wade ensured that women are in control of their reproductive rights. So this year I ask that everyone who supports women's rights commit to volunteer, or make a donation to a non-profit that supports these rights." (www.facebook.com)
  • Michelle Grisham. Facebook: Wall. 22 February 2012. “Today we recognize the anniversary of another landmark Supreme Court Decision. 39 years ago Roe v. Wade ensured that women are in control of their reproductive rights. So this year I ask that everyone who supports women's rights commit to volunteer, or make a donation to a non-profit that supports these rights.” (www.facebook.com)
  • Michelle Grisham. Issue Postion: Women's Rights. 1 January 2012. "Michelle is absolutely committed to supporting a woman's right to choose and will strongly oppose any move to limit access to that right." (votesmart.org)
  • National Women's Political Caucus. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Women's Political Caucus endorsed Michelle Lujan Grisham in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Michelle Grisham. Issues. 17 February 2012. "The right to choose has been a fundamental right enjoyed by women for more than two generations. But today that right is more tenuous than it has ever been in the last four decades because of repeated attempts by this Congress to turn back the clock on women and families. Michelle is life-long supporter of women's reproductive rights. She will stand strong against attacks on the right to choose, women's health care, and Planned Parenthood." (www.michellelujangrisham.com)

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  • Michelle Grisham. Shootings in Afghanistan Stir Debate. 15 March 2012. "I call on the president to pursue an accelerated withdrawal consistent with the safety of our troops on the ground." (www.abqjournal.com)
  • Michelle Grisham. Shootings in Afghanistan Stir Debate. 15 March 2012. “I call on the president to pursue an accelerated withdrawal consistent with the safety of our troops on the ground.” (www.abqjournal.com)

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  • Women's Action for New Directions (WAND) and-WILL. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Women's Action for New Directions (WAND) and-WILL endorsed Michelle Lujan Grisham in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)

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  • Michelle Grisham. Issues. 17 February 2012. “The federal government is going to have to start doing more with less but it must also demand more from those who have prospered over the last decade while so many New Mexicans have fallen behind. Through a combination of cutting wasteful spending, weeding out fraud in government programs, and revenue enhancements like ending the Bush tax cuts for millionaires and subsidies for Big Oil, we can restore fiscal sanity to Washington.” (www.michellelujangrisham.com)
  • Michelle Grisham. 1st District candidates talk about federal debt. 24 May 2012. "People are struggling. We must put regular people ahead of corporate special interests. Passing the Buffet Rule into law and making millionaires pay at least 30 percent of their wealth in tax is a first step." (www.nmpolitics.net)
  • Michelle Grisham. Issues. 17 February 2012. "The federal government is going to have to start doing more with less but it must also demand more from those who have prospered over the last decade while so many New Mexicans have fallen behind. Through a combination of cutting wasteful spending, weeding out fraud in government programs, and revenue enhancements like ending the Bush tax cuts for millionaires and subsidies for Big Oil, we can restore fiscal sanity to Washington." (www.michellelujangrisham.com)
  • Michelle Grisham. Video: A Voice for Change. 27 March 2012. “How about if the rich pay their fair share of taxes. How about if we take out the loopholes that protect big oil companies and protect folks like Mitt Romney not to pay their fair share." (youtu.be)
  • Michelle Grisham. 1st District candidates talk about federal debt. 24 May 2012. “People are struggling. We must put regular people ahead of corporate special interests. Passing the Buffet Rule into law and making millionaires pay at least 30 percent of their wealth in tax is a first step.” (www.nmpolitics.net)
  • Michelle Grisham. Video: A Voice for Change. 27 March 2012. "How about if the rich pay their fair share of taxes. How about if we take out the loopholes that protect big oil companies and protect folks like Mitt Romney not to pay their fair share." (youtu.be)

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  • Michelle Grisham. Media: Michelle Lujan Grisham Applauds President's Stance on High-Tech Jobs and Manufacturing in State of the Union. 21 February 2012. "The nation's economy is hurting and New Mexico can't afford to fall behind. There is a Republican Party establishment in Washington that continues to block real plans for job creation, and puts ideology before problem solving, as evidenced by the Republican response." (www.michellelujangrisham.com)
  • Michelle Grisham. Issues. 21 February 2012. “By investing in critical infrastructure, she believes we are investing in New Mexico’s middle class. From roads, bridges and schools to broadband for all New Mexicans to renewable energy, Congress can take the lead in setting priorities, incentivizing entrepreneurs, and getting people back to work. With smart, targeted investments, we can build the foundation for tomorrow’s prosperity today.” (www.michellelujangrisham.com)
  • Michelle Grisham. Media: Michelle Lujan Grisham Applauds President's Stance on High-Tech Jobs and Manufacturing in State of the Union. 21 February 2012. “The nation’s economy is hurting and New Mexico can’t afford to fall behind. There is a Republican Party establishment in Washington that continues to block real plans for job creation, and puts ideology before problem solving, as evidenced by the Republican response.” (www.michellelujangrisham.com)
  • Michelle Grisham. Issues. 21 February 2012. "By investing in critical infrastructure, she believes we are investing in New Mexico's middle class. From roads, bridges and schools to broadband for all New Mexicans to renewable energy, Congress can take the lead in setting priorities, incentivizing entrepreneurs, and getting people back to work. With smart, targeted investments, we can build the foundation for tomorrow's prosperity today." (www.michellelujangrisham.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Michelle Grisham. Issues. 17 February 2012. "In Congress, Michelle will do and be an advocate for the following: Work with small businesses to provide incentives for creating new jobs." (www.michellelujangrisham.com)
  • Adriana Maestas. Politic365: Lujan Grisham Battles for New Mexico's 1st CD. 5 June 2012. "With the economy lagging, Lujan Grisham took the opportunity to explain how she would create jobs for the people in her district if she is elected in November [¦] 'Second, I would make sure that we are incentivizing small businesses to employ people. This can be done with tax breaks.'" (politic365.com)
  • Adriana Maestas. Politic365: Lujan Grisham Battles for New Mexico’s 1st CD. 5 June 2012. “Second, I would make sure that we are incentivizing small businesses to employ people. This can be done with tax breaks.” (politic365.com)
  • Michelle Grisham. Issues. 17 February 2012. “In Congress, Michelle will do and be an advocate for the following: Work with small businesses to provide incentives for creating new jobs.” (www.michellelujangrisham.com)

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  • Michelle Lujan Grisham. Latino Sustainability Institute: 2012 Questionnaire for Congressional Candidates. Responded, “In regard to education, we must engage families and empower communities to address the needs of students holistically. We cannot effectively meet the educational needs of children unless we also address the socioeconomic issues of poverty and health. I will continue to highlight the need to address the achievement gap but with more focus on a “whole child” approach to education and direct funding to development of the next generation of testing that is multi-faceted and holistic in approach,” to the question: “What are the top issues that affect New Mexicans and how do you plan to address those issues?” (latinosustainability.org)
  • Michelle Grisham. Issue Position: Education. 20 February 2012. “Teachers and schools must be supported and not subjected to unfunded or underfunded mandates.” (votesmart.org)
  • Michelle Grisham. Issues. 17 February 2012. “In Congress, [Michelle Grisham] will work hard to support our public schools and expand educational opportunities for lifelong learning. By making this investment in education and enrolling more New Mexicans in our colleges, universities, and technical schools, New Mexico will be able to continue to have a workforce that makes our wonderful state competitive in keeping and bringing in new businesses and industries.” (www.michellelujangrisham.com)
  • Michelle Grisham. Issues. 17 February 2012. "Michelle knows how critical education is to creating a strong economy and preparing our children for the future [¦] In Congress, she will work hard to support our public schools and expand educational opportunities for lifelong learning. By making this investment in education and enrolling more New Mexicans in our colleges, universities, and technical schools, New Mexico will be able to continue to have a workforce that makes our wonderful state competitive in keeping and bringing in new businesses and industries." (www.michellelujangrisham.com)
  • Michelle Grisham. Issue Position: Education. 20 February 2012. "Teachers and schools must be supported and not subjected to unfunded or underfunded mandates." (votesmart.org)

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  • Michelle Grisham. Facebook: Wall. 22 April 2012. “In Congress, I will be a fighter for our environment, leading the way for clean water, clean air and our land. I will end the gridlock in Washington and stand up to corporate polluters who need to do more to reduce greenhouse gas.” (www.facebook.com)
  • Michelle Grisham. Issue Position: Environment. 1 January 2012. "Michelle has the experience and energy to end the gridlock in Washington and stand up to corporate polluters who need to do more to reduce greenhouse gas [¦] She will also be a strong advocate for environmental concerns that affect the public health of our citizens." (votesmart.org)
  • Michelle Grisham. Facebook: Wall. 22 April 2012. "In Congress, I will be a fighter for our environment, leading the way for clean water, clean air and our land. I will end the gridlock in Washington and stand up to corporate polluters who need to do more to reduce greenhouse gas." (www.facebook.com)
  • Michelle Grisham. Issue Position: Environment. 1 January 2012. “Michelle has the experience and energy to end the gridlock in Washington and stand up to corporate polluters who need to do more to reduce greenhouse gas […] She will also be a strong advocate for environmental concerns that affect the public health of our citizens.” (votesmart.org)

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  • Michelle Grisham. 2012 New Mexico Sportsman's Questionnaire. Responded "Like President Obama, I believe in the Second Amendment. It gives Americans the right to bear arms for their protection and safety, for hunting and other uses. Enforcing the gun laws protects responsible gun owners and other Americans from those criminals who put all people at risk." to the question: "What does the Second Amendment mean to you?" (www.nmwildlife.org)
  • Michelle Grisham. 2012 New Mexico Sportsman's Questionnaire. Responded “Like President Obama, I believe in the Second Amendment. It gives Americans the right to bear arms for their protection and safety, for hunting and other uses. Enforcing the gun laws protects responsible gun owners and other Americans from those criminals who put all people at risk.” to the question: “What does the Second Amendment mean to you?” (www.nmwildlife.org)

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  • Michelle Grisham. Issue Position: Remembering Our Fallen Soldiers on Memorial Day. 28 May 2012. "It is shameful that thousands of New Mexico veterans and their families do not have access to health care. Even more veterans delay medical care because of the cost. The Affordable Care Act is a step in the right direction. When I get to Congress, I will make veterans a priority." (votesmart.org)
  • Michelle Grisham. Issue Position: Health Care. 17 February 2012. "Universal access to affordable health care should be a right, not a privilege, in our country. It is shameful that 45 million Americans, including 400,000 New Mexicans, go without health insurance. Many of them are children - the most vulnerable among us. At the same time, insurance and pharmaceutical industry profits continue to reach new heights. My first priority in Congress will be to pass legislation giving all Americans access to quality affordable health care." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Michelle Grisham. Issue Position: Remembering Our Fallen Soldiers on Memorial Day. 28 May 2012. “It is shameful that thousands of New Mexico veterans and their families do not have access to health care. Even more veterans delay medical care because of the cost. The Affordable Care Act is a step in the right direction. When I get to Congress, I will make veterans a priority.” (votesmart.org)
  • Michelle Grisham. Issue Position: Health Care. 17 February 2012. “Universal access to affordable health care should be a right, not a privilege, in our country. It is shameful that 45 million Americans, including 400,000 New Mexicans, go without health insurance. Many of them are children - the most vulnerable among us. At the same time, insurance and pharmaceutical industry profits continue to reach new heights. My first priority in Congress will be to pass legislation giving all Americans access to quality affordable health care.” (www.votesmart.org)

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  • Michelle Grisham. Video: First Congressional Debate Part 6. 19 May 2012. "We've got to just tackle this problem head on, which means creating a pathway to citizenship, so that we pay our fines, and our taxes, so that children who have been here their whole lives, who are serving this country and going to college, that they have an opportunity to gain legal citizenship." [2:52]. (www.koat.com)
  • Michelle Grisham. Facebook: Wall. 25 June 2012. "When I get to Washington, I will be a leader and make it a priority to pass the DREAM Act and a comprehensive immigration plan that reflects our nation's values, protects our borders and deals realistically with the immigrant families who are already living here, working here and paying taxes here." (www.facebook.com)
  • Michelle Grisham. Facebook: Wall. 25 June 2012. “When I get to Washington, I will be a leader and make it a priority to pass the DREAM Act and a comprehensive immigration plan that reflects our nation’s values, protects our borders and deals realistically with the immigrant families who are already living here, working here and paying taxes here.” (www.facebook.com)
  • Michelle Grisham. Video: First Congressional Debate Part 6. 19 May 2012. “We've got to just tackle this problem head on, which means creating a pathway to citizenship, so that we pay our fines, and our taxes, so that children who have been here their whole lives, who are serving this country and going to college, that they have an opportunity to gain legal citizenship." [2:52]. (www.koat.com)

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  • Michelle Grisham. Facebook: Wall. 2 June 2012. Responded, "Yes" to the question: "About to vote, are you for marriage equality?" (www.facebook.com)
  • Michelle Grisham. Facebook: Wall. 9 May 2012. "I'm so happy to see President Obama fully support marriage equality. My parents raised me to fight for social justice, and I know from a lifetime of experience that it takes leadership to end discrimination. This is a great day for my friends and supporters in the LGBT community who continue to fight for true equality." (www.facebook.com)
  • Michelle Grisham. Facebook: Wall. 28 January 2012. "In response to the news stories that New Mexico State Rep. David Chavez (R) introduced a proposed constitutional amendment which would define marriage as a heterosexual union. We have launched a petition to ask him to focus on all the challeges we face in New Mexico and withdraw this bill." (www.facebook.com)
  • Michelle Grisham. Facebook: Wall. 2 June 2012. Responded, “Yes” to the question: “About to vote, are you for marriage equality?” (www.facebook.com)
  • Michelle Grisham. Facebook: Wall. 9 May 2012. “I'm so happy to see President Obama fully support marriage equality. My parents raised me to fight for social justice, and I know from a lifetime of experience that it takes leadership to end discrimination. This is a great day for my friends and supporters in the LGBT community who continue to fight for true equality.” (www.facebook.com)
  • Michelle Grisham. Facebook: Wall. 28 January 2012. “In response to the news stories that New Mexico State Rep. David Chavez (R) introduced a proposed constitutional amendment which would define marriage as a heterosexual union. We have launched a petition to ask him to focus on all the challeges we face in New Mexico and withdraw this bill.” (www.facebook.com)

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  • Michael Coleman. Albuquerque Journal: Al-Awlaki killing: What the candidates say. 6 October 2011. "Michelle Lujan Grisham, Bernalillo County commissioner: 'I believe the due process rights of every American must be respected as such rights are the cornerstone of our individual liberty. Al-Awlaki, however, was a war combatant who plotted repeatedly to attack and kill Americans. We were right to target him.'' (www.abqjournal.com)
  • Michael Coleman. Albuquerque Journal: Al-Awlaki killing: What the candidates say. 6 October 2011. “In response to a Journal question, here is what New Mexico candidates for U.S. Senate and the 1st Congressional District in 2012 had to say about the legality of the U.S. drone strike last week that killed New Mexico-born terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen. […] Michelle Lujan Grisham, Bernalillo County commissioner: 'I believe the due process rights of every American must be respected as such rights are the cornerstone of our individual liberty. Al-Awlaki, however, was a war combatant who plotted repeatedly to attack and kill Americans. We were right to target him.'' (www.abqjournal.com)

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  • Michelle Grisham. Video: A Voice for Change. 27 March 2012. "What if we instead invest that money in preventing Medicare from becoming a voucher program and allowing the Republicans to privatize social security." (youtu.be)
  • Michelle Grisham. Facebook: About. 29 June 2012. "She will stand fast to protect and improve Social Security and Medicare to make sure America never breaks its promise to our citizens." (www.facebook.com)
  • Michelle Grisham. Issues. 17 February 2012. "Michelle strongly opposes any effort to privatize Social Security and Medicare and believes we must ensure the solvency of these programs for the next generation without raising the retirement age or affecting benefit levels for current recipients." (www.michellelujangrisham.com)
  • Michelle Grisham. Facebook: About. 29 June 2012. “She will stand fast to protect and improve Social Security and Medicare to make sure America never breaks its promise to our citizens.” (www.facebook.com)
  • Michelle Grisham. Video: A Voice for Change. 27 March 2012. “What if we instead invest that money in preventing Medicare from becoming a voucher program and allowing the Republicans to privatize social security." (youtu.be)
  • Michelle Grisham signed Progressive Change Campaign Committee: Social Security Protectors. "Social Security belongs to the people who have worked hard all their lives and contributed to it. Social Security is a promise that must not be broken. We need to strengthen Social Security, not cut it. That is why I oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including increasing the retirement age. I also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part." (socialsecurityprotectors.com)
  • Michelle Grisham. Issues. 17 February 2012. “Michelle strongly opposes any effort to privatize Social Security and Medicare and believes we must ensure the solvency of these programs for the next generation without raising the retirement age or affecting benefit levels for current recipients.” (www.michellelujangrisham.com)

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