Michelle Lujan Grisham recognizes the strong correlation between public health and the environment, especially as it relates to toxic chemicals and pollution, and she promises to champion clean energy technology in Congress. Elected Commissioner of Bernalillo County in 2010, Lujan Grisham led efforts to establish a recycling center for the City of Albuquerque and build more efficient transportation infrastructure, combating waste and pollution and creating thousands of jobs in the process.
In Congress, Lujan Grisham will prioritize our natural resources and fight to protect our air, water and land. She also pledges to support legislation to end taxpayer-funded subsidies for oil companies and to reduce global warming pollution.
As former Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Health and the Director of the Department of the Aging and Long-term Services, Lujan Grisham will be a strong advocate for environmental concerns that affect the public health of our citizens, vowing to defend the EPA in its efforts to curtail harmful pollution.
Lujan Grisham joins the U.S. House after replacing Representative Martin Heinrich, an environmental leader with a lifetime score of 95 % on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard, who was just elected the next U.S. Senator from New Mexico.
In her own words:
"People, animals and our natural habitat are entwined in a living, breathing planet. A healthy environment will safeguard a healthy population. We cannot just protect our natural environment unless we think about how we as people relate to our earth and all living species. I regard myself as a steward of our environment for future generations. We have a moral imperative to leave our earth better off than when we inhabited it."
Source: LCV 2011-2012 Congressional Questionnaire