Deb Haaland on the Green New Deal

August 21, 2019
In The News

Hear Congresswoman Deb Haaland discuss why she thinks the Green New Deal is a needed bold solution to protect the future of our communities, country, and planet at the Los Alamos Nature Center on Wednesday, August 21 at 3 p.m. This event will be held outside the nature center and guests are encouraged to arrive early to get good seats. Congresswoman Haaland is the U.S. Representative for New Mexico's 1st congressional district

Congresswoman Haaland grew up in a military family; her father was a 30-year combat Marine who was awarded the Silver Star Medal for saving six lives during Vietnam, and her mother is a Navy veteran who was a federal employee for 25 years in Indian education. Haaland has degrees from the University of New Mexico and UNM Law School. 

For several years, she ran her own small business producing and canning Pueblo Salsa and later became the first Chairwoman elected to the Laguna Development Corporation Board of Directors, overseeing business operations of the second largest tribal gaming enterprise in New Mexico. The Congresswoman successfully advocated for the Laguna Development Corporation to create policies and commitments to earth-friendly business practices. She is a former tribal administrator and has administered a local service provider for adults with developmental disabilities.

She is a 35th generation New Mexican who is an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Laguna, and also has Jemez Pueblo heritage. After running for New Mexico Lieutenant Governor in 2014, Haaland became the first Native American woman to be elected to lead a State Party. 

Starting in 2016, Haaland has served as an Honorary Commander of Kirtland Air Force Base, which gives her a better understanding of its missions and effects on New Mexico’s economy.

Congresswoman Haaland was elected as one of the first Native American women to serve in Congress. She will serve in leadership roles as the 116th Congress Freshman Class Representative to the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, House Democratic Region VI Whip (Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona) and Deputy Whip for the Congressional Progressive Caucus.