Rep. Haaland, the first female American Indian to ever prside over a debate in Congress at the Speaker’s chair.
Published March 25, 2019
WASHINGTON — With Monday’s announcement by Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) that he will not seek re-election in 2020, speculation quickly spread about the possibility of a run by Rep. Deb Haaland, one of the first American Indian women ever elected to Congress. Rep. Haaland won her Congressional seat last November. She currently represents New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District.
There has never been an American Indian woman elected to the U.S. Senate. The last American Indian U.S. sentor was former Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell, who represented Colorado from 1993 – 2005.
During an interview with Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez told Native News Online he would support a run by Rep. Haaland to the U.S. Senate.
“We need strong leaders her. I would welcome her candidacy and would get behind her candidacy,” commented President Nez.
Haaland’s campaign would not respond to whether or not she is considering a run for the open senate seat. Instead Native News Online was referred to her statement she issued after the Udall announcement:
“I’ve had the honor to call Senator Tom Udall a dear friend and colleague. He has served New Mexico with integrity and true compassion, working tirelessly for families to protect our natural resources and move our state forward for three decades. The impact of his work will be felt across the country for generations to come.
“Senator Udall has tackled the tough issues, even if he knew there was a long road ahead; he has laid the groundwork to get money out of politics and overturn Citizens United, has been a climate champion for years fighting its harmful impacts, and his work has been paramount to strengthen tribal sovereignty and support Native communities. He will be missed by Tribes across the country.
“Senator Tom Udall brings New Mexico with him everywhere he goes and is a true public servant. I’m going to cherish the next two years working with him as part of the delegation.”