Ben Ray Luján is a longtime clean energy and public lands advocate and a true champion for climate action.
Luján grew up in Nambé, a small farming community north of Santa Fe, bordered by the Nambé and Pojoaque Pueblos. Before he was elected to the U.S. Congress, he served as Chair of the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission, where he worked to create a renewable portfolio standard and expand clean energy production. As a member of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition and chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus’ Task Force on Green Economy and Renewable Energy, he has introduced numerous pieces of legislation that would promote solar energy and provide job training for the clean energy sector.
In the House, Representative Luján earned a stellar 96% lifetime score on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard. In the 116th Congress, Luján was elected Assistant Speaker, where he helped lead the passage of important environmental legislation like the Climate Action Now and Great American Outdoors Acts and served on the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. In the Senate, Luján will continue to champion the transition to a 100 percent clean energy economy and fight to protect clean air, clean water, public lands and sacred sites in New Mexico, including the Rio Grande Del Norte National Conservation Area.
Luján joins the U.S. Senate to fill the seat of retiring Senator Tom Udall, who earned a 96% lifetime score on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard.
In his own words:
I believe that we must aggressively promote the use of renewable energy in New Mexico and our country to reduce pollution, build a green economy, and protect our environment for future generations. I have been a lifelong champion of the environment, our public lands, and conservation, and will continue to do so in the Senate
Source: LCVAF Questionnaire