Luján is the representative for New Mexico’s 3rd congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 6, 2009. Luján is next up for reelection in 2020 and serves until Jan 3, 2021 unless re-elected.
He is also Assistant Speaker of the House, a party leadership role. Party leaders focus more on setting their party’s legislative priorties than on introducing legislation.
Alleged misconduct & resolution
In 2017 Lujan was investigated for requesting that his congressional campaign committee issue communications, including requests for donations, using images of him in a “sit-in” demonstration in the House. The House Committee on Ethics concluded that no action was needed.
|May. 11, 2017||House Office of Congressional Ethics recommended that the Committee on Ethics further review the allegation|
|Jun. 26, 2017||House Committee on Ethics decided to extend the matter|
|Aug. 1, 2017||House Committee on Ethics adopted a report concluding that no action was needed|
Read our 2019 Report Card for Luján.
Luján is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Luján has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Jul 6, 2020. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Ben Luján sits on the following committees:
Luján was the primary sponsor of 8 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 3135: Department of Energy National Labs Jobs ACCESS Act
- H.R. 1567: Prompt and Fast Action to Stop Damages Act of 2019
- H.R. 912: Esther Martinez Native American Languages Programs Reauthorization Act
- H.R. 3691 (114th): Improving Treatment for Pregnant and Postpartum Women Act of 2016
- H.R. 1406 (114th): New Mexico Navajo Water Settlement Technical Corrections Act
- H.R. 3254 (111th): Taos Pueblo Indian Water Rights Settlement Act
- H.R. 3342 (111th): Aamodt Litigation Settlement Act
Does 8 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Luján sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Health (28%) Science, Technology, Communications (20%) Native Americans (20%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (7%) Energy (7%) Commerce (6%) Armed Forces and National Security (6%) Labor and Employment (6%)
Some of Luján’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 6772: Tribal COVID-19 Disaster Assistance Cost Share Relief Act
- H.R. 6056: Accountable Capitalism Act
- H.R. 5967: Public Library Innovation Space Act
- H.R. 5964: TechSMART Workforce Development Act
- H.R. 5968: Community Solar Consumer Choice Act of 2020
- H.R. 5966: Restore and Modernize Our National Labs Act
- H.R. 5965: Leveraging our National Labs to Develop Tomorrow’s Technology Leaders Act
As Assistant Speaker of the House, Luján may be focused on his responsibilities other than introducing legislation, such as setting the chamber’s agenda, uniting his party, and brokering deals.
From Jan 2009 to Jul 2020, Luján missed 94 of 7,839 roll call votes, which is 1.2%. This is better than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
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