Deb Haaland has a proven record of advocating for natural resources, in New Mexico, where she is a member of the Pueblo of Laguna.
Haaland has been an activist and leader in both the tribal community and in the Democratic Party her entire life. She previously served a chair of the New Mexico Democratic Party, and has worked as a tribal administrator and administered a local service provider for adults with developmental disabilities.
As a Representative, Deb will be a leader for environmental justice and will fight for clean energy and to protect New Mexico’s freshwater resources and public lands. She will work to reduce pollution and advocate for funding for the E.P.A. She is one of the first Native American women to serve in Congress.
Haaland joins the U.S. House to fill the seat of Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham, who earned a 91% lifetime score on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard and has been elected Governor of New Mexico.
In her own words:
“For me, the fight for our planet is personal. My parents instilled respect and reverence of the land and water into my siblings and I from a very young age. If elected to Congress, I will work to address the pressing challenges facing our environment and communities because of climate change. I will fight for a swift transition to 100% renewable energy, be fierce on the front lines to keep public lands in public hands, and to continually pressure the EPA Administrator to do his job and protect our land, water and air.”
Source: LCVAF Press Release.