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United States Representative District 2

This person represents New Mexico in the United States House of Representatives.The House has 435 members elected from districts based on population. New Mexico is entitled to three members. Candidates must be at least 25 years old, a United States citizen for seven years, and must be a resident of New Mexico. Representatives are elected by district for a two-year term.Cámara de Representantes de los Estados UnidosEsta persona representa a New Mexico en la Cámara de Representantes de los Estados Unidos. La Cámara tiene 435 miembros elegidos por distritos según su población. New Mexico tiene derecho a tres miembros. Los candidatos deben tener al menos 25 años, ser ciudadanos de los Estados Unidos durante siete años y ser residentes de New Mexico. Los representantes son elegidos por distrito durante un período de dos años.

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    Yvette Herrell

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    Gabriel Vasquez

Biographical Information

1. Why do you want to run for this seat?

2. What are the most important issues facing Congress in the next two years?

3. How would you address them?

4. What actions, if any, should Congress take regarding immigration?

5. What, if anything, would you do to improve the functioning of Congress?

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Campaign Mailing Address Drawer L
Mesilla, NM 88046
Campaign Phone 575-637-9400
Campaign Email
Twitter @@Gabe_NM
Occupation Congressman
I am running for re-election because there is still a lot of work to do for our community. Now more than ever, we need to protect reproductive rights, the LGBTQ+ community, immigrants, veterans, tribal communities, teachers, students, and our public lands. I want to run for this seat specifically because I am so proud to have been born and raised in the borderlands. I am proud to call Las Cruces my home and will continue to dedicate my career to fighting for my community.
Extreme Republicans prioritize petty politics over common-sense solutions. Actual governance is the biggest issue facing Congress, impacting women’s reproductive rights, inflation, affordable housing, immigration and border security, which are top issues for Congress to solve. My constituents are concerned about the economy, access to clean water, affordable broadband and quality healthcare, including women's reproductive healthcare. Unlike my opponent, who sponsored legislation to restrict abortion access, I firmly believe in a woman's right to choose. I am tired of this district being left behind because Republican Leadership continues to put politics over people. We must keep this district blue and take back control of the House in 2024.
We address them by working across the aisle, delivering common sense policies and always sticking to our values. Since my first day serving in Congress, I have prioritized putting forth bipartisan, common-sense solutions that would have strong support if Republican Leadership brought it to the floor. However, because extremist Republicans are prioritizing messaging bills for the 2024 election over solutions, progress will always stagnate. By prioritizing the well-being of our constituents over partisan politics, we can overcome the challenges ahead and ensure a brighter future for all residents of our district.
Congress has not delivered meaningful immigration reform in over 40 years. Republicans prefer to use immigration as a political tool. I’m in Congress to provide solutions, not play partisan games. That is why I started the Bipartisan Southwest Caucus and have introduced bipartisan legislation that addresses our broken immigration system and the challenges we face at our border to: stop cartels and coyotes' ability to harm local communities; implement better technology and more staff to stop the flow of fentanyl; create pathways to visa reform for farm workers and enable immigrants working in critical sectors to remain and work legally here; hold detention centers accountable and prevent them from cultivating inhumane conditions.
Republican House Leadership has created the most dysfunctional Congress. The resulting chaos and disarray, including the unprecedented removal of a Speaker, have hindered progress and left many Americans underserved. New Mexico deserves better. I focus on serving the people by addressing the everyday challenges working families face. From the affordability of groceries to the availability of housing, my commitment is to deliver tangible improvements that positively impact our constituents. To restore functionality to Congress, we must reclaim the majority and elect leaders who prioritize results over chaos. It's time to shift from policies that divide and inflame toward those that create a brighter, more equitable future for all Americans.