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Rep. Melanie Stansbury

Representative for New Mexico’s 1st District

pronounced MEH-luh-nee // STANZ-buh-ree

Stansbury is the representative for New Mexico’s 1st congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. She has served since Jun 14, 2021. Stansbury is next up for reelection in 2024 and serves until Jan 3, 2025. She is 44 years old.


Stansbury proposed $54 million in earmarks for fiscal year 2024, including:

  • $17 million to Pueblo of Sandia for “Pueblo of Sandia Child Development Center (CDC)”
  • $8 million to Town of Peralta for “Peralta Fire Station”
  • $6 million to Mescalero Apache Tribe for “Mescalero Apache Head Start Center”

These are earmark requests which may or may not survive the legislative process to becoming law. Most representatives from both parties requested earmarks for fiscal year 2024. Across representatives who requested earmarks, the median total amount requested for this fiscal year was $39 million.

Earmarks are federal expenditures, tax benefits, or tariff benefits requested by a legislator for a specific entity. Rather than being distributed through a formula or competitive process administered by the executive branch, earmarks may direct spending where it is most needed for the legislator's district. All earmark requests in the House of Representatives are published online for the public to review. We don’t have earmark requests for senators. The fiscal year begins on October 1 of the prior calendar year. Source: Background: Earmark Disclosure Rules in the House


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2022 Report Card for Stansbury.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Stansbury 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 ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Stansbury has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2019 to Sep 29, 2023. See full analysis methodology.

Committee Membership

Melanie Stansbury sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Stansbury was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:

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Does 1 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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Stansbury sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Public Lands and Natural Resources (67%) Water Resources Development (33%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Stansbury recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Stansbury voted Yea

Stansbury voted No

Passed 314/117 on May 31, 2023.

This bill would enact a compromise reached by House Republicans and President Biden to avert an impending fiscal crisis related to the statutory debt limit. …

Stansbury voted Yea

Stansbury voted Yea

Stansbury voted Nay

Passed 387/35 on Nov 3, 2021.

Missed Votes

From Jun 2021 to Sep 2023, Stansbury missed 12 of 1,355 roll call votes, which is 0.9%. This is better than the median of 1.7% 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, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

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