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By Alan Clayton, Latino Journal Political Analyst
Former Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus
Michelle Lujan Grisham (D), Governor of New Mexico since 2019, has been in public service since 2004. She served as the appointed head of the State Health Department under former Governor Bill Richardson.

An attorney, Grisham won a local election to become a member of the Bernalillo County Commission from 2010 to 2012. She went on to win the race for the 1st Congressional District of New Mexico and served in Congress from 2013 to 2019.

Lujan Grisham chaired the Congressional Hispanic Caucus during the 115th U.S. Congress in 2017-18.

The Hill reported "According to a Latino Decisions poll, 72 percent of respondents said they would be more likely to turn out in November if Biden chooses a Latina as his running mate, and 67 percent said this would inspire them to support Biden."

Michelle Lujan Grisham is among the top women Biden is now considering for his running mate.

Here are some select YouTube video clips on key policy issues that Gov. Lujan Grisham shares with the public:

Bipartisan Approach to Policy Making

Small Business Advocate

Border Wall

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) was founded in December, 1976, as a legislative service organization of the United States House of Representatives. Today, the CHC is organized as a Congressional Member organization, governed by the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives.

The CHC addresses national and international issues and develops policies that impact the Hispanic community. The function of the Caucus is to serve as a forum for the Hispanic Members of Congress to coalesce around a unified legislative agenda. The Caucus is dedicated to voicing and advancing, through the legislative process, issues affecting Hispanics in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

In the 1984 photo: (Left to Right) Rep. Bill Richardson, New Mexico; Rep. Manuel Luj á n, New Mexico; Rep. Henry B. Gonz á lez, Texas; Rep. Edward R. Roybal, California; Rep. Robert García, New York; Rep. Henry Bonilla, Texas; Rep. Eligio "Kika" de la Garza, Texas; and Rep. Esteban Torres, California.
Rep. Linda Sánchez

“I worked closely with Michelle in the U.S. House of Representatives and can attest that she is incredibly hard-working, really engaged, and importantly, gets things done. As Governor, Michelle continues to show strong leadership for her state during the pandemic. While I trust that Vice President Biden will make the right decision, Michelle has what the country needs right now, health care expertise. She is someone not afraid to go toe-to-toe with Trump on immigration. Having Michelle on the ticket would certainly spark excitement in the Latino community and in the West.”
R ep. Darren Soto

“Full disclosure, I am supporting my fellow Central Floridian Rep. Val Demings in the race. However, I do think Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has done an amazing job both as our Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair and now as Governor of New Mexico. If Biden gives her the nod, she will be a strong voice for Latino communities across the nation and she will hit the ground running as Vice President on Day 1, given her strong legislative and executive experience.”
State Sen. Patricia Torres Ray

"The Midwest is the Heartland of America. To unite our country, we must unite the voices of the people in every corner of our nation. The Hispanic population in Minnesota and the Midwest has grown exponentially and will play significant role in the 2020 presidential election, Joe Biden improves his chances of winning here if he chooses Gov. Lujan Grisham as his running mate."
Rep. Tony Cárdenas
Chairman, CHC Bold PAC

“The Latino community is the largest eligible minority voting bloc in the country and will determine the next president.  The Biden campaign can energize a record Latino vote in critical swing states by choosing a Latina vice presidential candidate. Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham is a great choice. She has shown extraordinary leadership helping New Mexicans navigate through this pandemic. Her decades of public service experience both at the federal and local level have served her well as she makes critical life-saving decisions for her state. Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham is one of many dedicated and qualified Latina American public servants across the country who have an unparalleled track record of getting things done for their communities, states, and the country. It’s about time we see that leadership in the White House.”
Alexandra Gallardo Rooker
VP, Democratic Party

"I know Vice President Biden has a deep bench of female candidates who are smart and talented and experienced. Any one of them can do the job. But western governor, like Michelle Lujan Grisham, brings a lot of sensibility with progressive values, and that is a great combination. She also offers great independent strength to pursue and solve common sense public policy issues. California is 40% Latino. Vice President Biden lost CA in the primary to Bernie Sanders. Having a Latina as his running mate would excite California Latinos to come out and vote for Biden"
Tony Vásquez
Chair, Board of Equalization
(Constitutional Officer)

" I can't think of a better signal Biden would send to the country. Michell Lujan Grisham comes from a swing state that has been Republican for such a long time, and here she is a Democrat governor. Michelle Lujan Grisham has supported other Latinas interested in running for Congress. We are making calls to all the civic leadership in California to show our support for Gov. Lujan Grisham and urging Vice President Biden to appoint the governor so we can win this election."

Frank García , Chairman
National Assoc. of State Hispanic Chambers
New York

"I represent 80% of the Hispanic Chambers in America. We feel New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham is the right choice. When she was in Congress she helped the Hispanic chamber in New Mexico. As a former small business owner, she was very active with the business community. She is a voice that we need in the White House. And she is also a good voice for the African American community. We need someone who is going to bridge all communities. I believe our New York Hispanic Chamber would be very supportive of having her in the White House."
Rep. Grace Napolitano

"When she announced she was running for governor, I was sure she was going to get it. She is a spark plug. Anything she takes on she accomplishes and does it very well, does it with a smile and works across the aisle. She was very effective as the CHC Chair, always was coming up with ideas. It would not surprise me if she is selected because she is no nonsense doer. I can believe what she says, you can count on it. She has a sense of humor that is very good, very appealing to a lot of people. She is very inclusive for all the stakeholders. She would be an outstanding leader for everybody."
Rep. Lou Correa

"Governor Lujan Grisham would be a wonderful and winning choice for Vice President Biden. Why? The Latino vote will be the largest minority vote ever in November, 2020. Latinos are the largest minority. Biden's choice can give Latinos a reason to go out and vote in November. Having her as his running mate gives Latinos a compelling reason to vote. American voters will like her because she is competent, qualified and works across the aisle to solve important public policy issues. Final point, Democrats need to win. Who is in the best position to help Biden do that? Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham."
Monica Martinez
Ruben Strategy Group LLC
Former Michigan Utility Commissioner

"Michelle has the grit and leadership to get things done. For years she has been fighting to protect our elders, pushing for working families, and protecting the environment. She understands how to maneuver on the national level, make tough decisions as a state CEO, and understands what matters."

State Sen. Susan Rubio

"I would be thrilled if New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham was picked as Joe Biden’s running mate. I’ve had the privilege of meeting her and can attest that she is exceptionally qualified to serve at the highest level of our government. Governor Lujan Grisham has a stellar record and brings experience from the local, federal and executive levels. I would be so proud if our young Latinas were able to see someone who looked like them became the vice president. She would be an excellent choice for our country and our nation’s future."
State Sen. Richard G. Polanco
California (Retired)

"She is definitely a qualified candidate that brings added value to the electoral college strategy and will excite the Latino voting base throughout the country. She is from a state where she is the CEO and understands executive responsibility. Gov. Lujan Grisham brings organization and history of commitment to working class people and will be a strong voice in addressing the inequities and injustices that are so prevalent in our society. Having such a qualified woman on the ticket helps to ensure Vice President Biden gets elected President."
SELECT STORIES - Week of June 22, 2020








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