Gabe Vasquez NM-02

Gabe Vasquez NM-02

Summary

Current Position: US Representative of NM-01 since 2021
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position: Member of the Las Cruces City Council from 2017 to 2021
District:  southern half of New Mexico, including Las Cruces, and the southern fourth of Albuquerque.  
Upcoming Election:

From 2008 to 2011, he was the business editor of the Las Cruces Bulletin. In 2011, he was the executive director of the Las Cruces Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. From 2013 to 2015, he served as a field representative for Senator Martin Heinrich.

In 2015 and 2016, Vasquez was the vice president of communications for First Focus, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy organization. From 2016 to 2018, he was the director of community relations for the New Mexico Wildlife Federation. In 2018 and 2019, he was the deputy director of New Mexico’s chapter of the Wilderness Society. From 2019 to 2021, he worked as deputy director of the Western Conservation Foundation.

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Gabe Vasquez NM-02 1Congressman Gabe Vasquez is a first-generation Mexican-American who served as a City Councilor in Las Cruces.

Congressman Vasquez grew up in the borderlands and saw the value of hard work in his family while growing up. As the first in his family to be born in the United States, he’s made the most of his opportunity and has worked hard to make a positive difference in his community and in the lives of others. Congressman Vasquez is a champion for working families, he believes we need to build an economy that benefits everyone.

In 2013, after helping build one of Las Cruces’ most successful startup companies, Congressman Vasquez joined Senator Heinrich’s staff and worked across southern New Mexico to solve problems for New Mexico businesses, communities, and families. Vasquez was also instrumental in the designation of the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument, protecting it from harmful development and safeguarding it for future generations.

In 2017, Congressman Vasquez was elected to the Las Cruces City Council with over 70 percent of the vote. In this role, he delivered millions of dollars in investment to create and improve parks, updated the district’s infrastructure, promoted policy that created thousands of jobs, and helped craft a comprehensive development plan that focused on lifting families out of poverty. In prior years, Congressman Vasquez has served as the executive director of the Las Cruces Hispano Chamber of Commerce, worked in public lands conservation, and as a policy advocate promoting child welfare and family wellbeing at the federal level.
Vasquez was elected to represent New Mexico’s 2nd district in November 2022.

Personal

Full Name: Gabriel Vasquez

Gender: Male

Birth Date: 08/03/1984

Home City: Las Cruces, NM

Source: Vote Smart

Education

BA, English/Journalism, New Mexico State University, 2002-2008

Political Experience

Representative, United States House of Representatives, New Mexico, District 2, 2023-present

City Councilor, City of Las Cruces, District 3, 2017-2023

Candidate, United States House of Representatives, New Mexico, District 2, 2022

Professional Experience

Deputy Director of Federal Lands, Western Conservation Foundation, 2019-present

New Mexico Deputy State Director, New Mexico Wildlife Federation, 2016-2018

Offices

Washington DC Office
1517 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC  20515Phone: (202) 225-2365
Albuquerque District Office
201 Unser Blvd. NW
Unit 116
Albuquerque, NM  87121Phone: (505) 208-4777
Las Cruces District Office
115 W. Griggs Ave.
Las Cruces, NM  88001Phone: (575) 323-6390
Carlsbad District Office
101 N. Halagueno St.
Room #213-B
Carlsbad, NM  88220

Contact

Email: Government

Web Links

Politics

Source: none

Election Results

To learn more, go to this wikipedia section in this post.

Finances

Source: Open Secrets

Committees

Committee Appointments

  • House Agriculture Committee
    • Conservation, Research & Biotechnology Subcommittee
    • Forestry Subcommittee
  • House Armed Services Committee
    • Strategic Forces Subcommittee, Vice Ranking Member
    • Readiness Subcommittee

Leadership Roles

  • Congressional Hispanic Caucus
    • Vice Chair, Diversity and Inclusion
  • New Democrat Coalition
    • Vice Chair of the Workforce Development Task Force
  • Bipartisan Southwest Caucus
    • Co-founder
  • Wildlife Refuge Caucus
    • Vice Chair

Caucus Memberships

  • Bipartisan Fentanyl Prevention Caucus
  • Future Farmers of America Caucus
  • Native American Caucus
  • Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus
  • Spent Nuclear Fuel Solutions Caucus
  • Equality Caucus
  • Assisting Caregivers Today (ACT) Caucus
  • Bipartisan Rural Health Caucus

New Legislation

Learn more about legislation sponsored and co-sponsored by Congressman Vasquez.

Issues

Source: Government page

Members of Congress are elected to serve their constituents. I continue to work across the aisle to ensure that the government is transparent and serves you.

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March DWP
Building a strong economy throughout New Mexico is a top priority. I am focused on bringing new good-paying jobs to our district, developing our border communities, supporting small businesses, funding small airports to increase tourism, and aiding farmers and ranchers.

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June/July DWP
Our public education system supports the next generation of leaders in our nation’s workforce. It provides them with the resources they need to lead successful lives. Investing in our education system is critical to our future.

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Aug DWP
I stand by the energy workers who fuel America’s energy economy. We need a simultaneous approach with oil and gas and clean energy to diversify our economy and bring more jobs to New Mexico. More investments in American energy will decrease prices for families like yours and protect you with a reliable energy source.

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June/July DWP
New Mexico has one of the highest rates of child hunger in the country. Access to affordable health care and healthy foods are some of the most pressing issues facing rural communities. I am working to ensure New Mexicans have the resources they need to lead healthy lives, including by protecting and expanding programs such as SNAP. Reproductive health care is health care, and I’m committed to protecting that right.

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Military Helmets
Veterans are vital members of our community, and I’m committed to making sure they have access to the best programs and care available. As your Representative in Congress, I will always work to ensure that the brave men and women who served and sacrificed for our country receive the care and support they deserve.

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Rep Gabe Vasquez with service member
Our service members and their families play a crucial role in our nation’s defense. As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I am working to bring home results and investments for our service members, military families, and the communities that depend on well-funded military installations and research facilities. New Mexico is a critical component of our national security, and I am proud to represent our state and national interests.

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Rep Vasquez in District
New Mexicans are already feeling the effects of climate change. I’m committed to protecting our public lands and finding smart solutions to ensure future generations can access clean air and water. As a conservationist and outdoorsman, I’m working to protect our natural environment, from the rivers in the southwest to the historic sites in the north.

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Rep Vasquez and Dairy Farmer
New Mexico is a vital part of America’s agricultural sector. Our farmers, ranchers and farmworkers from the South Valley to the Hatch Valley work the land every day to ensure all Americans have access to safe, affordable, American grown food. As a member of the House Agriculture Committee, I’m working alongside them to support New Mexico’s agriculture economy in this year’s Farm Bill. I’m also committed to protecting and expanding SNAP benefits, a lifeline for so many New Mexicans.

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Feb District Work Period
As a first-generation Mexican American who has lived on both sides of the border, I am committed to working to create an immigration system that is humane and secure. I am continuously monitoring the situation at our border and pushing for common-sense, bipartisan solutions to fix our broken immigration process and ensure our border is secure.
Indigenous peoples have shaped the history, culture and landscape of New Mexico for centuries. I am honored to work alongside the Tribes and Pueblos of New Mexico to uplift indigenous communities in my district.

More Information

Services

Source: Government page

New Mexico’s 2nd congressional district serves the southern half of New Mexico, including Las Cruces, and the southern fourth of Albuquerque. It is currently represented by Democrat Gabe Vasquez.

District

Source: Wikipedia

Wikipedia

Gabriel Vasquez (born August 3, 1984)[1] is an American politician who is the U.S. representative for New Mexico’s 2nd congressional district. He previously served as a member of the Las Cruces City Council.[2][3] Vasquez is a member of the Democratic Party.

Early life and education

Vasquez was born in El Paso, Texas, and raised in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico.[4][5] He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and journalism from New Mexico State University in 2008.[6]

Career

As a college student, Vasquez was the news editor and editor-in-chief of The Round Up, New Mexico State University’s student-run newspaper. From 2008 to 2011, he was the business editor of the Las Cruces Bulletin. In 2011, he was the executive director of the Las Cruces Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. From 2013 to 2015, he served as a field representative for Senator Martin Heinrich.[7]

In 2015 and 2016, Vasquez was the vice president of communications for First Focus, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy organization. From 2016 to 2018, he was the director of community relations for the New Mexico Wildlife Federation. In 2018 and 2019, he was the deputy director of New Mexico’s chapter of the Wilderness Society. From 2019 to 2021, he worked as deputy director of the Western Conservation Foundation in the federal lands department. From 2017 to 2021, he served as a member of the Las Cruces City Council.[8][9]

U.S. House of Representatives

Elections

2022

Vasquez was the Democratic nominee for New Mexico’s 2nd congressional district in the 2022 election.[10][11] He won on November 8, 2022, by a margin of about 1,300 votes, defeating Republican incumbent Yvette Herrell. The district’s boundaries were redrawn after the 2020 census, drawing the previously Republican-leaning district to be Democratic-leaning.[12]

During the campaign, Vasquez deleted tweets attacking the oil and gas industry, rationalizing rioting in the summer of 2020, and comparing the Trump administration to the Ku Klux Klan.[13]

Tenure

COVID-19 policy

On January 31, 2023, Vasquez voted to require health care workers to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.[14][15]

On February 1, 2023, Vasquez voted against a resolution to end the COVID-19 national emergency.[16][17]

Energy

Vasquez supported President Joe Biden’s freeze on oil and gas leases.[18]

Syria

In 2023, Vasquez voted against H.Con.Res. 21, which would have ended U.S. troops’ involvement in the American-led intervention in the Syrian civil war within 180 days.[19][20]

Caucus memberships

Committee assignments

Electoral history

2022

2022 New Mexico’s 2nd congressional district election[23]
PartyCandidateVotes%
DemocraticGabe Vasquez 96,986 50.34
RepublicanYvette Herrell (incumbent)95,63649.63
DemocraticEliseo Luna (write-in)510.03
Total votes192,673 100.0
Democratic gain from Republican

See also

References

  1. ^ McDevitt, Michael (April 30, 2021). “Gabe Vasquez Won’t Seek Second City Council Term”. Las Cruces Sun News. Archived from the original on November 10, 2022. Retrieved November 10, 2022.
  2. ^ Linan, Ali (November 7, 2017). “Gabriel Vasquez takes District 3 seat in a landslide”. Las Cruces Sun-News. Archived from the original on December 20, 2022. Retrieved December 16, 2022.
  3. ^ McDevitt, Michael (November 3, 2021). “Becki Graham to succeed Gabe Vasquez on Las Cruces City Council”. Las Cruces Sun-News. Archived from the original on December 20, 2022. Retrieved December 16, 2022.
  4. ^ “Las Cruces City Councilor Gabe Vasquez Says He’s Running For Congress”. KRWG. September 15, 2021. Archived from the original on September 26, 2022. Retrieved April 21, 2022.
  5. ^ “Las Cruces city councilor will run for U.S. House seat”. Santa Fe New Mexican. September 15, 2021. Archived from the original on November 10, 2022. Retrieved April 21, 2022.
  6. ^ McDevitt, Michael. “Las Cruces City Councilor Gabe Vasquez announces congressional run”. Las Cruces Sun-News. Archived from the original on January 28, 2022. Retrieved April 21, 2022.
  7. ^ “Gabe Vasquez On His Run For NM’s Second Congressional District Democratic Nomination”. KSFR. October 8, 2021. Archived from the original on March 31, 2022. Retrieved May 9, 2022.
  8. ^ Carver, Adrian N. (September 16, 2021). “Las Cruces City Councilor Gabe Vasquez Is A Serious Challenger to Herrell In CD2”. The Paper. Archived from the original on March 31, 2022. Retrieved April 21, 2022.
  9. ^ Mutnick, Ally; Ferris, Sarah (May 9, 2022). “Democrats’ chance to save the House majority runs through these districts”. Politico. Archived from the original on May 9, 2022. Retrieved May 9, 2022.
  10. ^ Mutnick, Ally (March 10, 2022). “House Democrats name top challengers in fight for majority”. Politico. Archived from the original on April 21, 2022. Retrieved April 21, 2022.
  11. ^ “New Mexico Democrats pick top contenders for June 7 primary”. Associated Press. March 4, 2022. Archived from the original on April 21, 2022. Retrieved April 21, 2022.
  12. ^ Duerrmeyer, Tia. “Democrats Make a Clean Sweep in New Mexico”. Lea County Tribune. Archived from the original on November 10, 2022. Retrieved November 10, 2022.
  13. ^ “Running as a moderate, New Mexico Democratic congressional candidate deletes progressive tweets”. CNN. Archived from the original on March 18, 2023. Retrieved May 31, 2023.
  14. ^ Aabram, Virginia (January 31, 2023). “Seven Democrats join Republicans in vote to lift vaccine mandate for healthcare workers”. The Washington Examiner. Archived from the original on March 19, 2023. Retrieved May 31, 2023.
  15. ^ “On Passage – H.R.497: To eliminate the COVID-19 vaccine mandate on”. August 12, 2015. Archived from the original on February 21, 2023. Retrieved May 31, 2023.
  16. ^ “House passes resolution to end COVID-19 national emergency”. February 2023. Archived from the original on February 21, 2023. Retrieved May 31, 2023.
  17. ^ “On Passage – H.J.RES.7: Relating to a national emergency declared by”. August 12, 2015. Archived from the original on February 21, 2023. Retrieved May 31, 2023.
  18. ^ “ICE needs ‘melting,’ says Democratic House hopeful critical of immigration agency”.
  19. ^ “H.Con.Res. 21: Directing the President, pursuant to section 5(c) of … — House Vote #136 — Mar 8, 2023”. March 8, 2023.
  20. ^ “House Votes Down Bill Directing Removal of Troops From Syria”. Associated Press. March 8, 2023.
  21. ^ “Endorsed Candidates”. NewDem Action Fund. Archived from the original on December 3, 2022. Retrieved December 23, 2022.
  22. ^ Adragna, Anthony; Diaz, Daniella; Tully-Mcmanus, Katherine (June 15, 2023). “Bipartisan support for blocking arms to a NATO nation”. Politico. Retrieved June 15, 2023.
  23. ^ “2022 General New Mexico – Unofficial Results”. New Mexico Secretary of State. Archived from the original on November 15, 2020. Retrieved November 19, 2022.

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Preceded by

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Mexico’s 2nd congressional district

2023–present
Incumbent
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Preceded by

United States representatives by seniority
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