Congressional Black Caucus PAC Endorses Deb Haaland For Congress

Historic Endorsement for New Mexico’s First Congressional District Campaign

Deb Haaland
Jan 12, 2018 · 3 min read

In one of the most significant endorsements of the campaign, the Congressional Black Caucus PAC has announced its endorsement of Deb Haaland for New Mexico’s First Congressional District. The historic announcement comes on the heels of endorsements from Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal and the only union endorsement in the race to date from the American Postal Workers Union. Haaland is seeking to become the first Native American woman elected to Congress.

This trio of powerful endorsements by some of the nation’s leading progressives and associated organizations recognizes the hard work, perseverance and commitment Deb has made to her campaign and to providing New Mexicans with a new voice on Capitol Hill.

Haaland’s campaign has strong momentum with five months to go until the June 5th Democratic primary. Haaland enters the new year with 10 Congressional endorsements — double that of any other NM01 candidate — 28 New Mexico elected and community leaders, 49 tribal leaders and Native American tribes, and four major organizations: the American Postal Workers Union Local 380, the To’hajiilee Chapter of the Navajo Nation, the Tribal Alliance of Sovereign Indian Nations, and the Congressional Black Caucus PAC.

Congressional Black Caucus PAC Chairman Gregory Meeks released the following statement:

“The Congressional Black Caucus PAC is proud to endorse Deb Haaland.

Deb Haaland has a strong track record of standing up for Democratic values and the people of New Mexico. She has dedicated her life to serving her community and therefore she knows how to best represent them. Deb would be the first Native American woman to serve in Congress, where her voice is sorely needed. The CBCPAC is united in its support for her.

We look forward to Deb Haaland joining us in the fight against Donald Trump and his destructive agenda next year.”

Deb Haaland released the following statement:

“This is a powerful moment for our campaign and comes at a time when communities throughout the country begin to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I am truly humbled by the endorsement of the Congressional Black Caucus PAC. I have spent my life fighting for the underrepresented and I am working tirelessly to be New Mexico’s champion in Congress. We still have a long fight ahead of us when it comes to racial justice, and in Congress I will take on that fight.

Today, we were reminded of just how much of a fight we have ahead of us. Trump’s comments on Haiti and African countries are overtly racist and continue a stark pattern of willful ignorance from this Administration about the history and impact of racism in our nation and throughout the world. Trump continues to diminish the office of the Presidency. In Congress I will continue to raise my voice against this kind of harmful disrespect.”

The Albuquerque Journal and Congressional Black Caucus PAC Chairman Gregory Meeks spoke about the endorsement, which you can read here.

You can see Haaland’s full endorsement list here.

Deb Haaland is running for New Mexico’s First Congressional District seat, and would be the first Native American woman elected to U.S. Congress. As the first Native American woman to chair a state party, Deb led New Mexico Democrats in 2016 to flip its State House from red to blue, expand the Democratic majority in the Senate, elect a Democrat Secretary of State, and hand a decisive victory to Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump.

Deb is an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Laguna, and was the first woman elected to Chair the Laguna Development Corporation Board of Directors. She is a UNM Law School graduate and single mom to Somah, who recently graduated from UNM with a BA in Theater.

Learn more about Deb and her campaign at

Deb Haaland

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NM Dem. Running for CD1. Former Dem Party Chair. Proud UNM Lobo mom. Pueblo woman. Marathon runner. Follow me here for policy & politics.

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