By Jesse Gallegos
Luna Community College
United States Congressman Ben Ray Luján will be the guest speaker at the Luna Community College Graduation Ceremony. Graduation is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday.
Serving in his third term in Congress, Luján is continuing his efforts to stand up for New Mexico’s families and fight for a stronger future for all New Mexicans. In his time in Congress, Luján has become a leader on some pressing issues facing the state and country.
This Congress, Luján was named to the Energy and Commerce Committee where he continues to build on his work to promote a clean energy economy and support efforts to expand the mission of national labs in an effort to create good jobs for. With his previous assignment as a member of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, Luján has been an advocate for improving science, technology, engineering and mathematics curriculum in schools to ensure that children are prepared to compete in a global economy. He said he understands that investing in education for young people is important to ensure a sustainable future.
He has also been a supporter of Pell grants, literacy, mentoring programs and early education.
Luján serves as co-chair of the bipartisan Technology Transfer Caucus, which attempts to bring together members who share the goal of strengthening the economy by helping move technological innovations from national labs and universities to the marketplace. He is also co-chair of the Science and National Labs Caucus and First Vice Chair of the Hispanic Caucus. At the beginning of the year, Luján was appointed to the House Democratic Leadership as a Chief Deputy Whip.
Born and raised in New Mexico, Luján grew up in Nambé, a farming community north of Santa Fe bordered by Nambé and Pojoaque pueblos. Before being elected to Congress, Luján was Chairman of the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission. Prior to that, he served as the New Mexico Cultural Affairs Department’s director of administrative services and chief financial officer. Luján earned his bachelor’s degree from New Mexico Highlands University in business administration.