Biography

Born and raised in New Mexico, Rep. Ben Ray Luján grew up in Nambe, a small farming community north of Santa Fe bordered by the pueblos of Nambe and Pojoaque. It was there that he learned the time-honored traditions and values of New Mexico.

Since he was sworn into Congress, Rep. Luján has fought to create jobs, ensure access to affordable, quality health insurance, build a clean energy economy, and protect consumers.

He has stood up for New Mexicans who are struggling in difficult economic times by voting to provide tax cuts for families and small businesses, working to reform the healthcare system, and fighting to prioritize Main Street values over those of Wall Street. He has fought for the people of New Mexico's Third Congressional District by passing legislation that provides resources to combat the opioid epidemic and offers assistance to  pregnant women and women with small children struggling with addiction. He has also authored legislation that invests in scientific research at New Mexico’s national laboratories; and creates opportunities for Acequia and Community Ditch Associations to receive federal funding

Rep. Luján represents his diverse district by participating in a variety of Caucuses including the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the Native American Caucus, and the Natural Gas Caucus.

Rep. Luján sits on the Energy and Commerce Committee, which enables him to serve the needs of the district which spans from San Juan County in the Northwest to Roosevelt County in the Southeast – and the treasured lands in between.

As a member of the Health Subcommittee, Luján is focusing on increasing access to health care, reducing health disparities, and addressing drug abuse that has impacted too many families in New Mexico. From his position on the Digital Commerce & Consumer Protection Subcommittee, Rep. Luján is working to increase access to the latest technological advances, ensure that rural communities are not left behind in the deployment of reliable broadband services and making sure consumers’ interests are protected.

In 2011, Rep. Luján, founded the bipartisan Technology Transfer Caucus to bring together members who share the goal of strengthening our economy by helping move technological innovations that are occurring at New Mexico’s national labs and universities into the marketplace.  Luján also serves as a co-chair of the bipartisan National Labs Caucus, which raises awareness about the importance of the national labs to the long-term economic vitality and security of the nation. And, he co-leads the Congressional Cleanup Caucus, which stresses the need to address environmental management issues.

In 2013, Rep. Luján was appointed to the House Democratic Leadership as a Chief Deputy Whip.  In this position, he promoted the Democratic agenda to create jobs and build a brighter future for all Americans.  In the last Congress, Luján served as Chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and this year he was elected by his colleagues to again serve in this role for the current session of Congress.

Prior to his election to the U.S. House, Rep. Luján served as the Chairman of the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission. As a Commissioner, Rep. Luján worked with his colleagues to develop a renewable portfolio standard to increase renewable energy production by New Mexico utilities to 20 percent of their total production by 2020 and to diversify utilities’ renewable portfolios to include solar energy. On behalf of the state of New Mexico, Rep. Luján joined his fellow Commissioners from California, Oregon, and Washington to sign onto the Joint Action Framework on Climate Change to create regional solutions to climate change.

With the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission, Rep. Luján advocated for first responders. He worked with firefighters, the state legislature, and other officials to overhaul the New Mexico Fire Fund so that all distributions from the fund would go to improving fire services in New Mexico.

Rep. Luján also worked to improve healthcare as a member of the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission by investigating the denial practices of the health insurance industry. The investigation led to the development of legislation that expanded access to insurance and closed loopholes the industry had been using to unfairly deny medical claims and void policies. 

Prior to his service on the Public Regulation Commission, Rep. Luján served as the New Mexico Cultural Affairs Department’s director of administrative services and chief financial officer.

Rep. Luján earned his Bachelor's degree from New Mexico Highlands University in Business Administration.

  • Office Locations

    Office Name Location Image Map URL
    Washington DC 2231 Rayburn HOB
    Washington, D.C, 20515
    Ph: (202) 225-6190
    Fax: (202) 226-1528
       
    Santa Fe Office 1611 Calle Lorca, Suite A
    Santa Fe, NM 87505
    Ph: (505) 984-8950
    Fax: (505) 986-5047
       
    Rio Rancho Office 3200 Civic Center NE Suite 330
    Rio Rancho, NM 87144
    Ph: (505) 994-0499
    Fax: (505) 994-0550
       
    Farmington Office 800 Municipal Dr.
    Farmington, NM 87401
    Ph: (505) 324-1005
    Fax: (505) 324-1026
       
    Gallup Office 110 West Aztec Avenue
    Gallup, NM 87301
    Ph: (505) 863-0582
    Fax: (505) 863-0678
       
    Las Vegas Office New Mexico Highland University
    Hewett Hall
    Second Floor, Room 210
    1103 National Avenue
    Las Vegas, NM 87701
    Ph: (505) 454-3038
    Fax: (505) 454-3265
       
    Tucumcari Office 404 W. Route 66 Blvd.
    Tucumcari, NM 88401
    Ph: (575) 461-3029
    Fax: (575) 461-3192