Gabe Vasquez has been a lifelong advocate for New Mexico’s lands and people, working to preserve public lands, improve equitable access to the outdoors, and create good jobs.
Vasquez began working as a field representative for U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM), where he was instrumental in the designation of the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument, protecting it from harmful development and safeguarding it for future generations. In 2016 Vasquez served as the community outreach director for the New Mexico Wildlife Federation. A year later, Vasquez was elected to the Las Cruces City Council and has delivered millions of dollars in investment to create and improve parks, updated his council district’s infrastructure, promoted policies that created thousands of jobs, and helped craft a comprehensive development plan that focused on lifting families out of poverty. The same year, he also founded Nuestra Tierra Conservation Project, a non-profit spearheading efforts to ensure that marginalized communities have access to the outdoors.
As a representative, Vasquez will lead efforts to preserve public lands and prioritize the needs of communities in his fight for clean energy, justice, jobs, and a healthy, equitable future for all New Mexicans.
Vasquez joins the U.S. House after defeating Representative Yvette Herrell, who earned a spot on LCV Victory Fund’s 2022 Dirty Dozen with a 0% score in 2021 on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard.
In his own words:
“New Mexico’s natural resources and public lands are second to none. I’ve worked hard to protect our public lands and waters throughout my career, and I’ll continue to support conservation policies and advocate for the wise use of our natural resources in Congress.”
– LCVAF Press Release