U.S. Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham, United States Congress (D-NM-1)
Courtney Kerster, Legislative Director
Washington DC Office
214 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Michelle Lujan Grisham recently started her second term in the U.S. House of Representatives after receiving a resounding 59 percent of the vote to represent New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District.
Ensuring that caregivers are well supported has always been a priority for Congresswoman Lujan Grisham. Prior to her election to Congress, she served as New Mexico’s Secretary of Aging and Long Term Services, where she worked to help seniors remain in their homes and addressed poor quality care in nursing homes, even going undercover to investigate reports of patient abuse. She also expanded access to critical services for seniors and fought for new programs to address end-of-life care issues.
The Congresswoman has personal experience as a caregiver as well. For the past several years, she has cared for her mother, who lives with her in her Albuquerque home. This has given her a unique perspective on the role caregivers play in the lives of older and disabled Americans, and continues to inspire her work in Congress.
In March 2015, Representative Lujan Grisham co-founded the bipartisan, bicameral Assisting Caregivers Today (ACT) Caucus in order to inform and educate members of Congress about caregiving issues, create an environment conducive to reaching bipartisan solutions, and build a sense of urgency to act. She is also working to create a national Care Corps that would place volunteers in communities to provide services that help seniors and individuals with disabilities continue living independently. In June of 2015, the Congresswoman introduced H.R. 2668, the National Care Corp Act of 2015.
The National Alliance for Caregiving is proud to recognize Congresswoman Lujan Grisham’s leadership to support family caregivers and older Americans in New Mexico and nationwide.