Debra Haaland

Born:December 2, 1960 (age 60)
Career:U.S. House of Representatives, 2019-present
State:New Mexico
Education:B.A., University of New Mexico
J.D., University of New Mexico School of Law

Debra Haaland assumed office as U.S. representative for New Mexico's 1st Congressional District on Jan. 3, 2019. Haaland is a member of the Laguna Pueblo people, and she and Sharice Davids are the first Native American women elected to the U.S. Congress. She has been nominated by President Joe Biden to serve as U.S. secretary of the interior. If confirmed, she would be the first Native American Cabinet secretary in U.S. history.

Haaland was born on born December 2, 1960, in Winslow, Arizona. She received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of New Mexico in 1994 and a Juris Doctor in Indian law from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 2006.

In 2012, Haaland served as New Mexico's vote director for Native Americans in Barack Obama's 2012 presidential reelection campaign. From 2013 to 2015, she served as the tribal administrator for the San Felipe Pueblo. In 2014, she ran for lieutenant governor of New Mexico with gubernatorial candidate Gary King, losing to the Republican ticket of Susana Martinez and John Sanchez. From 2015 to 2017, Haaland was chair of New Mexico's Democratic party.

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