Congresswomen Deb Haaland handily won an election to represent New Mexico’s First Congressional District after the seat’s previous occupant, J Street endorsee Michelle Lujan Grisham, was elected governor. With fellow freshman Sharice Davids (KS-03), Rep. Haaland is one of the first two Native American women to be elected to Congress. She previously chaired the New Mexico Democratic Party, and in 2014 was the Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor. Congresswoman Haaland is a member of the House Armed Services Committee and sits on the Subcommittees of Military Personnel and Readiness. She is the Deputy Whip of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
As a Native American woman, Congresswoman Haaland empathizes with the persecution that the Jewish people have faced throughout their history and therefore understands the importance of a Jewish homeland in Israel. She believes that “solidarity, unwavering mutual respect, and shared grounding in democratic values” must guide the US-Israel relationship. She feels strongly that Congress must continue to provide financial, political, and diplomatic support to Israel. When it comes to the peace process, Rep. Haaland supports a two-state solution that would allow Israel to remain a Jewish and democratic state. To this end, she supports resuming aid to the Palestinian Authority to promote state-building efforts. The Congresswoman is also committed to curbing Iran’s nuclear ambitions, and she opposed and disagrees with President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear agreement. Since entering Congress, she has been a champion for J Street’s issues, supporting the resolution against bigotry and cosponsoring of H.Res 326, reaffirming Congress’ support for the two-state solution.