Michelle Lujan Grisham

New Mexican Would Be First Native American Congresswoman
Former state party chairwoman running for Lujan Grisham’s seat

Debra Haaland is the latest Democrat to seek the open 1st District seat, which New Mexico Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham is vacating for a gubernatorial run. (Courtesy Democratic Party of New Mexico)

Former New Mexico Democratic Party Chairwoman Debra Haaland announced Tuesday she’s running for the state’s open 1st District seat. If elected, she would be the first Native-American congresswoman.

Haaland is a member of the Laguna Pueblo tribe and a former San Felipe Pueblo tribal administrator, the Albuquerque Journal reported. She ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor in 2014.

Ex-Leader of Anti-Immigration Group Named Agency Ombudsman
Former FAIR chief Kirchner to represent U.S. Immigration Service

Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M., has in the past objected to Julie Kirchner’s association with the Trump administration, arguing that “instead of offering workable solutions” to immigration issues, appointees like Kirchner “only offer blunt force.” (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The Important Connection Between Governors and Congress
A first look at the gubernatorial race ratings for 2017-18

South Dakota Rep. Krisit Noem is a candidate for governor in 2018 and leaves behind a safe Republican seat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

In Washington, it’s easy to ignore governors as distant rulers over far away lands. But now is a good time to start paying attention to what’s happening in state races.

Voters in 38 states (including nine of the 10 most populated) will elect a governor over the next two years, and the results have a direct connection to Capitol Hill. The large number of races give aspiring (or weary) members an opportunity to leave the House, and consequently, leave behind potentially vulnerable open seats. And governors in 28 of those states will have a role (specifically veto power) in the next round of redistricting, which will impact what party controls the House in the next decade. 

Lujan Grisham Raises Nearly $900K for Governor’s Race
Outraises rivals, prospective rivals in New Mexico

Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M., reported $741,229 in cash on hand. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democratic Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced she outraised her potential rivals for her New Mexico gubernatorial bid.

Grisham raised $892,744 in a six-month period, compared to $211,569 for potential Democratic rivals state Attorney General Hector Balderas, who has not announced if he’ll run, and state Sen. Joe Cervantes, who reported loaning himself $197,000. 

Bipartisan Road Trip Arrives at the Capitol Just in Time for Votes
Reps. Will Hurd and Beto O'Rourke completed the trip from Texas

Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-Texas, left, and Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, walk up the House steps at the Capitol just in time for votes on on Wednesday, March 15, 2017. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Forty minutes before a House vote on Wednesday, Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke and Republican Rep. Will Hurd pulled up to the House steps, making the completion of their bipartisan road trip.

The two Texas congressmen decided to road trip together from San Antonio to Washington, D.C., after the East Coast’s winter storm caused flight cancellations earlier in the week. The more than 24-hour trip, which included several stops and a few hours for sleep, ended with a tight arrival to work.

Hispanic Caucus Members Turned Away From ICE Meeting
Numbers limited for bipartisan meeting, so lawmakers barred at door

Grisham was stunned that fellow members were turned away from the meeting. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

House Democrats left a bipartisan meeting Thursday with the head of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement baffled — not just by what they heard but by the fact that some of their colleagues were not allowed to attend the meeting.

ICE Acting Director Thomas D. Homan met with a bipartisan group of House lawmakers for about an hour Thursday to discuss the agency’s recent raids that have led to the apprehension of at least 683 undocumented immigrants. That was the number ICE provided during the meeting, but Democrats contend the number is actually higher.

NRCC Goes After Blue-Collar Districts in 2018
GOP campaign arm releases list of 36 initial targets

Rep. Tim Walz speaks with guests during a campaign event in Duluth for fellow Minnesota Rep. Rick Nolan last fall. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The National Republican Congressional Committee’s initial list of offensive targets for 2018 includes 36 Democrat-held districts, many in blue-collar areas of the country.

If Democrats are targeting the well-educated suburbs (see New Jersey’s 11th District, for example), where Donald Trump either barely won or underperformed, Republicans are going after many rural districts where Hillary Clinton underperformed the congressional ticket. 

Goodlatte Grilled on Staff Nondisclosure Question
Judiciary chairman refuses to say if staff worked on immigration order

Judiciary Chairman Robert W. Goodlatte refused to answer questions about how his committee staff conducted its work with Donald Trump’s presidential transition team. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Judiciary Chairman Robert W. Goodlatte refused to answer questions on Wednesday about whether his staff signed nondisclosure agreements from the Trump transition team when they worked on a contentious immigration order that was signed and delivered with practically no notice.

The Virginia Republican managed to escape in silence from a crew of reporters grilling him on the matter as he left an appearance at the National Press Club.

Word on the Hill: How to Get Your Photo Taken With the President
115th Congress sees increase in Jesuit-educated lawmakers

From left, President Barack Obama, Florida Rep. Frederica S. Wilson, New York Rep. Joseph Crowley, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi arrive at the Capitol Visitor Center on Wednesday for a meeting of House and Senate Democrats. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Florida Democratic Rep. Frederica S. Wilson knew what to do when she saw an opportunity to take a photograph with President Barack Obama on his way to a meeting with House and Senate Democrats on Wednesday.

In the Capitol Visitor Center, Roll Call photographer Bill Clark caught her waiting for Obama to come down the hallway.

New Mexico Rep. Lujan Grisham to Run For Governor in 2018
Her bid for statewide office creates an opening New Mexico's 1st District

Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M., has decided to run for governor instead of seek re-election to the House in 2018. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

New Mexico Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Tuesday she would not seek re-election to the House in 2018 and instead run for governor in her home state on the promise of “a new beginning.”

In a message posted on YouTube, the New Mexico Democrat emphasized a campaign focused on the state’s unemployment rates, schools, poverty and addiction.