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Ben Ray LujánDEMDemocrat United States Senator
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6
Years of Experience
NMResidence (state)

Ben Ray Luján (loo-HAHN; born June 7, 1972) is an American politician who has served as the junior United States senator from New Mexico since 2021. He served as the U.S. representative for New Mexico's 3rd congressional district from 2009 to 2021 and as Assistant Speaker from 2019 to 2021. He served as a member of the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission from 2005 to 2008, where he also served as chairman. Luján was selected as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) in 2014 and led the Democrats to win a House majority in the 2018 elections. He was the first Hispanic to serve in this role. In his role as assistant House Democratic leader, Luján was the highest-ranking Latino in Congress. On April 1, 2019, Luján announced his intention to seek the United States Senate seat being vacated by two-term Democratic incumbent Tom Udall in the 2020 election. He defeated Republican Mark Ronchetti in the general election on November 3, 2020 and took office on January 3, 2021.

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Education5 - 5 of 3
University of New Mexico
1990 - 1995
New Mexico Highlands University
Bachelor of Business Administration
2007
Pojoaque Valley High School
1990
Past Positions1 - 7 of 7
Senator
United States Senate
Current
Representative
United States House of Representatives, New Mexico
2009 - 2021
Assistant Speaker
United States House of Representatives
2019
Chief Deputy Whip
United States House of Representatives
2013 - 2015
Former Chief Financial Officer
New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs
Former Deputy Treasurer
State of New Mexico
Former Director
Administrative Services, New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs
Other Experience1 - 25 of 25
Chair
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
2015 - 2019
Chair
New Mexico Public Regulation Commission
2005 - 2008
Member
Congressional Progressive Caucus
Current
Co-Chair
National Labs Caucus
Former Member
Subcommittee on Commodities, Risk Management, and Trade
Former Member
Communications and Technology Subcommittee, United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection Subcommittee, United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Natural Resources Committee, United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Science, Space, and Technology Committee, United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Homeland Security Committee, United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Science and Technology Committee, United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Subcommittee on Health (Energy and Commerce), United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Subcommittee on Consumer Protection & Commerce, United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Energy and Commerce Committee, United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, United States House of Representatives
Founder
Technology Transfer Caucus
Member
Native American Caucus
Member
Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition
Member
Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee
Member
Indian Affairs Committee
Member
Budget Committee
Member
Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee
Member
Congressional Hispanic Caucus
Member
Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee
Vice-Chair
Congressional Hispanic Caucus