Deb Haaland Biography
Deb Haaland Bio
|Debra A. Haaland is an American politician from New Mexico. She is a former Chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico and the 2018 Democratic nominee for the United States House of Representatives to represent New Mexico’s 1st congressional district. If elected in November 2018, Haaland would become the first Native American woman in the United States Congress|
|Deb Haaland Personal details|
|Deb Haaland Age||1960/1961 (age 57–58) Winslow, Arizona, U.S.|
|Deb Haaland Husband||She is a single Mother|
|Deb Haaland Daughter||Somah|
|Deb Haaland Political party||Democratic|
|Deb Haaland Education||University of New Mexico, Albuquerque (BA, JD)|
|Deb Haaland Net Worth||She has an estimated Net Worth of $ 500,000 as of 2018|
|Chair of the New Mexico Democratic Party|
April 25, 2015 – April 29, 2017
|Preceded by||Sam Bregman|
|Succeeded by||Richard Ellenberg|
Early life and education
Haaland was born in Winslow, Arizona. She is a member of the Laguna Pueblo people. Her father, J. D. “Dutch” Haaland, a Norwegian American, was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and recipient of the Silver Star for his actions in Vietnam; he was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery in 2005. Her mother, Mary Toya, a Native American, served in the United States Navy. She has three sisters and a brother.
Haaland earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of New Mexico in 1994. She received her Juris Doctor in Indian law from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 2006. She served as the tribal administrator for the San Felipe Pueblo from January 2013 to November 2015.
In 2012, Haaland served as the state’s vote director for Native Americans in Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign. She ran for Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico in 2014. Her ticket, headed by Gary King, the party’s nominee for Governor of New Mexico, lost to the Republican ticket of Susana Martinez and John Sanchez. She was elected to a two-year term as the Chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico in April 2015. During her tenure, New Mexico Democrats regained control of the New Mexico House of Representatives.
After the expiration of her term, she announced her intention to run for the United States House of Representatives in New Mexico’s 1st congressional district in the 2018 elections, to succeed Michelle Lujan Grisham, who is running for Governor. Haaland defeated Damon Martinez to win the Democratic Party nomination in June 2018. If elected in November 2018, Haaland would become the first Native American woman in the United States Congress.
Haaland has a daughter, Somáh, whom she raised on her own. Haaland’s daughter also graduated from University of New Mexico in May 2017. Her hobbies include marathon running and gourmet cooking.