A community leader fighting for progress
Deb Haaland is an accomplished community leader who ran for Congress to be a new voice for women and families in Washington. Deb was raised in a military family and learned to value public service from a young age — a value that has guided her throughout her career. As a longtime progressive activist, she has successfully fought for change on behalf of her community. When she was chair of the New Mexico Democratic Party, Deb protested the Dakota Access Pipeline in Standing Rock and divested the state party from a company that had invested in the pipeline and for-profit immigration detention facilities. Deb is a member of the Laguna Pueblo tribe who lives in Albuquerque and is a proud single mom of an LGBTQ daughter.
A champion for New Mexico’s working families
Deb is driven by her desire to fight for policies that expand economic opportunity for hard-working New Mexicans and to serve as a voice at the table for those whose voices are often underrepresented. “I’m running for Congress to bring opportunities to New Mexican families like mine: families who have struggled, who have worked tirelessly just to get by,” she has said. Deb’s priorities include protecting and expanding quality affordable health care, increasing funding for public education, fighting discrimination in all its forms, and other progressive policies that help expand economic opportunity for working families. “In Congress, I want to take my experience and fight to expand support for families who are hurting,” she has said.
An historic victory
Deb won the competitive race for the open seat Michelle Lujan Grisham vacated to run for Governor of New Mexico. This was an historic victory: Our country has never before elected a Native American woman to Congress, and Deb is the first. The EMILY’s List community is proud to support this champion for New Mexico working families.