Michelle Lujan Grisham Biography

Michelle Lujan Grisham is an American lawyer and politician serving as the thirty-second governor of the state of New Mexico.

She’s the first Democratic Hispanic woman to be elected governor in U.S. history. She assumed office on January 1, 2019, as governor under the Democratic Party, and her current term end on January 1, 2023.

Michelle is running for re-election for Governor of New Mexico. She is on the ballot in the upcoming general election on November 8, 2022, after she advanced from the Democratic primary on June 7, 2022.

Here is a brief biography of Michelle Lujan Grisham:

Full NameMichelle Lujan Grisham
Age62 years old
Political PartyDemocratic
HometownLos Alamos, New Mexico
ProfessionLawyer & Politician

Michelle Lujan Grisham Early Life

Michelle was born on October 24, 1959, in Los Alamos, New Mexico (she’s currently 63 years). She grew up in Santa Fe. Her father, Llewellyn “Buddy” Lujan, practiced dentistry into his eighties until he died in March 2011. Her mother, Sonja, was a homemaker. Her sister Kimberly was diagnosed with a brain tumor at the age of two and died at 21.

Michelle is part of the prominent Lujan political family in New Mexico, many of whose members have served in elected and appointed positions in government

Michelle Lujan Grisham Education

Michelle graduated from St. Michael’s High School in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1977. In 1981, she earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of New Mexico. Michelle later returned to the University of New Mexico School of Law, where she earned a law degree in 1987.

Michelle Lujan Grisham Family

In 1982, she married Gregory Alan Grisham and the couple raised two daughters – Taylor and Erin. Gregory died in 2004 from a brain aneurysm.

Michelle married Manuel “Manny” Cordova, a small business owner from Albuquerque, on May 21, 2022. The couple had been together since 2012. Michelle is the caretaker for her mother, Sonja.

Michelle Lujan Grisham Career

After her BSc., Michelle worked as a technical writing intern for the Westinghouse Electric Corporation. After law school, Michelle worked as an attorney and a business executive.

In 1987, she became director of the state bar of New Mexico’s lawyer referral program for the elderly. Four years later, in 1991, New Mexico’s Democratic Governor Bruce King appointed Lujan Grisham director of New Mexico’s state agency on aging, which grew to a cabinet-level department under her leadership.

Michelle also served with King’s successor, Republican Gary Johnson, who promoted her to the secretary of aging and long-term services from 2002 to 2004. When Democrat Bill Richardson was elected governor in 2005, he appointed Michelle as New Mexico’s secretary of health

Michelle held this position for two years before resigning in October 2007 to run for federal office. When incumbent Representative Heather Wilson announced her campaign for the Senate, Michelle entered the race to fill her seat in the House. However, Michelle lost the crowded primary to Martin Heinrich, the former president of Albuquerque’s city council. Michelle went afterward to open a consulting firm, Delta Consulting Group, which ran from 2008 to 2017.

In 2010 she won a seat on the Bernalillo County board of commissioners, where she served for two years. When New Mexico Senator Jesse Francis (Jeff) Bingaman Jr. declined to run for re-election in 2012, Heinrich announced his bid for the Senate, and Michelle entered the race again to fill Heinrich’s seat in the House.

This time, Michelle won with 59 percent of the vote to become the third woman and first woman of Hispano descent to represent New Mexico in Congress. She won re-election twice with no less than 58 percent of the vote.

In December 2016, not long after winning re-election to the House, Lujan Grisham announced her candidacy for governor of New Mexico in 2018. Her campaign focused on New Mexico’s economy; she promised to raise the minimum wage and revise a state tax credit for the movie industry to draw more production companies to New Mexico.

She won the Democratic primary easily with 66 percent of the vote, and faced Republican U.S. Representative Stevan Pearce in the general election. In November 2018, Michelle won with 57 percent of the vote, becoming the second Hispanic woman to serve as governor of New Mexico.

As a result, Michelle resigned from the House on December 31, 2018. She was sworn in as governor on January 1, 2019, where she continues to serve.

As governor, Lujan Grisham has implemented a series of evidence-based policies aimed at transforming New Mexico’s public education system, expanding the state’s economy to include more high-quality employment opportunities and preserving New Mexico’s air, land, and water.

In 2019, she oversaw one of the most productive legislative sessions in state history, signing a broad package of bipartisan bills into law, notably a historic investment in public education and a landmark transition to clean energy.

Michelle wishes to run for re-election for Governor of New Mexico in the general election on November 8, 2022. She makes a good candidate.

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