Debra Haaland

Candidate for US Congress, NM-1

Emerge New Mexico, 2007

Debra is one of New Mexico's leading political activists with a long career, working for the interests of the people of New Mexico regardless of race, color, creed or economic strata. She is currently running for New Mexico’s first congressional district in the 2018 election. If elected, Debra would be the first Native American woman elected to Congress. She is a member of Laguna Pueblo, and was the Democratic candidate for Lt. Governor during the 2014 general election.

I’ve spent my life advocating for the underrepresented, advancing progressive values, and working tirelessly to help elect Democrats up and down the ballot.

Debra is one of New Mexico's leading political activists with a long career, working for the interests of the people of New Mexico regardless of race, color, creed or economic strata. She is currently running for New Mexico’s first congressional district in the 2018 election. If elected, Debra would be the first Native American woman elected to Congress. She is a member of Laguna Pueblo, and was the Democratic candidate for Lt. Governor during the 2014 general election.

During the 2014 general election, she visited every corner of the state and demonstrated her care for and understanding of New Mexico's people and issues. Deb has worked to increase voter turnout in underrepresented communities for more than a decade. As the Native American Vote Director for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign she, again, traveled across the state, where she was instrumental in generating nearly a 60% voter turnout in Native American precincts with 89% of the votes cast going for the President.

Furthermore, Debra served as the state’s Democratic Party chair for two years, from April 2015 to April 2017, where she successfully retired the party’s debts. She holds a B.A. in English/Professional Writing from UNM, and a J.D. from the UNM School of Law. Debra is a 2007 graduate of Emerge New Mexico and currently resides in Albuquerque.