Official portrait, 2017
|United States Senator|
from New Mexico
|Assumed office |
January 3, 2009
Serving with Martin Heinrich
|Preceded by||Pete Domenici|
|Vice Chair of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee|
|Assumed office |
January 3, 2017
|Preceded by||Jon Tester|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from New Mexico's 3rd district
January 3, 1999 – January 3, 2009
|Preceded by||Bill Redmond|
|Succeeded by||Ben Ray Luján|
|28th Attorney General of New Mexico|
January 1, 1991 – January 1, 1999
|Preceded by||Hal Stratton|
|Succeeded by||Patricia Madrid|
Thomas Stewart Udall
May 18, 1948
Tucson, Arizona, U.S.
|Education||Prescott College (BA)|
Downing College, Cambridge (LLB)
University of New Mexico (JD)
Thomas Stewart Udall (//; born May 18, 1948) is an American politician serving as the senior United States Senator from New Mexico, a seat he was first elected to in 2008. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as the U.S. Representative for New Mexico's 3rd congressional district from 1999 to 2009 and was the Attorney General of New Mexico from 1991 to 1999. A member of the Udall family, he is the son of Stewart Udall, the nephew of Mo Udall, and the cousin of Mark Udall. He is the dean of New Mexico's congressional delegation. On March 25, 2019, Udall announced that he would not seek a third term in the 2020 election, making him the only Democratic senator to announce his retirement in that election cycle.
Early life, education, and law career
Udall was born in Tucson, Arizona, to Ermalee Lenora (née Webb) and Stewart Udall, the Secretary of the Interior from 1961 to 1969. Two of his maternal great-grandparents were Swiss.[importance?]
Early political career
In 1982, Udall ran for Congress in the newly created 3rd district, based in the state capital, Santa Fe, and including most of the north of the state. He lost the Democratic primary to Bill Richardson. In 1988, he ran for Congress again, this time in an election for the Albuquerque-based 1st district seat left open by retiring twenty-year incumbent Manuel Lujan, Jr., but narrowly lost to Bernalillo County District Attorney Steven Schiff. From 1990 to 1999 he served as Attorney General of New Mexico.
U.S. House of Representatives
Udall ran for Congress again in 1998 in the 3rd district against incumbent Bill Redmond, who had been elected in a 1997 special election to replace Richardson. Redmond was a conservative Republican representing a heavily Democratic district, and Udall defeated Redmond with 53 percent of the vote. He was reelected four more times with no substantive opposition, including an unopposed run in 2002.
As a U.S. Representative, Tom Udall was a member of both the centrist New Democrat Coalition and the more liberal Congressional Progressive Caucus. He was a member of the United States House Peak oil Caucus, which he co-founded with Representative Roscoe Bartlett of Maryland.
Udall sat on the United States House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations in the Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies and the Subcommittee on Legislative Branch.
In November 2007, Udall announced his run for the Senate seat held by retiring six-term incumbent Republican Pete Domenici. Potential Democratic rival Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chavez dropped out, handing Udall the nomination. New Mexico's other two members of the House, 1st and 2nd district's Heather Wilson and Steve Pearce, ran in the Republican primary. Pearce won the Republican nomination, and lost to Udall, who won 61 percent of the vote.
While Udall ran for Senate in New Mexico, his younger first cousin, Congressman Mark Udall, ran for the Senate in Colorado. Their double second cousin, incumbent Gordon Smith of Oregon, also ran for reelection. Both Udalls won but Smith lost.
He voted in favor of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010, FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, DREAM Act, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act, and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009.
On March 25, 2019, Udall announced that he would not run for reelection in 2020.
On March 19, 2013, Udall introduced into the Senate the Sandia Pueblo Settlement Technical Amendment Act (S. 611; 113th Congress), a bill that would transfer some land to the Sandia Pueblo tribe.
Also during the 113th Congress, Udall introduced a proposed amendment to the Constitution that would reverse Citizens United and allow limits on outside spending in support of political candidates. The Amendment won the approval of the Senate Judiciary Committee on a 10-8 vote in July 2014.
In March 2015 Udall sponsored Senate bill 697, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, a bill to amend and reauthorize the Toxic Substances Control Act. The legislation, as amended, was signed into law by President Barack Obama on June 22, 2016. It updated the nation's safety system for thousands of chemicals in products like cleaners, paints, carpets and furniture. The bill initially faced criticism over the balance between federal and state authority to regulate chemicals, but after changes to the legislation, it earned broader support, including from liberal members of the Senate and the President. It passed by a vote of 403-12 in the House and voice vote in the Senate.
In March 2019, he and Rand Paul co-sponsored the bipartisan AFGHAN Service Act to compensate members of the armed forces and repeal the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Terrorists at the end of the Afghanistan withdrawal.
Udall's committee assignments included:
- Committee on Appropriations
- Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
- Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
- Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government
- Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies (Ranking Member)
- Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies
- Committee on Foreign Relations
- Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
- Committee on Indian Affairs
- Committee on Rules and Administration
- Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
- International Narcotics Control Caucus
- Congressional Law Enforcement Caucus
- House Native American Caucus (Co-Vice Chair)
- International Conservation Caucus (Co-Chair)
- Rural Caucus
- Sportsmen's Caucus
- Afterschool Caucuses
In 2013, Udall voted for state-by-state reciprocity of concealed carry and for the names of gun owners to be protected and released only in select situations. In 2016, within weeks of the Orlando nightclub shooting, he participated in a sit-in at the House to demand votes on gun control legislation, saying, "We owe it to the LGBT community & all families harmed by gun violence to keep terror suspects fr[om] obtaining guns." In 2017, Udall had a "C-" rating from the National Rifle Association and a "F" rating from the Gun Owners of America for his support of gun control.
In September 2019 Udall was one of eight senators to sign a bipartisan letter to congressional leadership requesting full and lasting funding of the Land and Water Conservation Act to aid national parks and public lands, benefit the $887 billion American outdoor recreation economy, and "ensure much-needed investment in our public lands and continuity for the state, tribal, and non-federal partners who depend on them."
|New Mexico Attorney General Democratic primary election, 1990|
|New Mexico Attorney General election, 1990|
|Democratic gain from Republican|
|New Mexico Attorney General election, 1994|
|Democratic||Tom Udall (Incumbent)||277,225||60.92||-6.67|
|Republican||Donald Bruckner, Jr.||177,822||39.08||+6.67|
|New Mexico's 3rd congressional district Democratic primary election, 1998|
|Democratic||Roman Maes, III||4,382||5.93|
|New Mexico's 3rd congressional district election, 1998|
|Republican||Bill Redmond (Incumbent)||74,266||43.27|
|Democratic gain from Republican|
|New Mexico's 3rd congressional district election, 2000|
|Democratic||Tom Udall (Incumbent)||135,040||67.18||+14.02|
|New Mexico's 3rd congressional district election, 2002|
|Democratic||Tom Udall (Incumbent)||122,921||100.00||+32.82|
|New Mexico's 3rd congressional district election, 2004|
|Democratic||Tom Udall (Incumbent)||175,269||68.68||-31.32|
|New Mexico's 3rd congressional district election, 2006|
|Democratic||Tom Udall (incumbent)||144,880||74.64||+5.96|
|Democratic gain from Republican||Swing|
|Democratic||Tom Udall (Incumbent)||113,502||100|
|Democratic||Tom Udall (Incumbent)||286,409||55.56|
Udall is married to Jill Cooper Udall. They live in Santa Fe with their daughter, Amanda Cooper. Tom Udall is the son of former Arizona Congressman and Interior Secretary Stewart Lee Udall, nephew of Arizona Congressman Morris Udall, and first cousin of former Colorado U.S. Senator Mark Udall, double second cousin of former Oregon U.S. Senator Gordon Smith, and second cousin of Utah U.S. Senator Mike Lee.
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- Rep. Tom Udall on resource depletion and climate change (transcript) Global Public Media, December 9, 2005, Post Carbon Institute
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- "S. 611 – Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved March 13, 2014.
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- "All Bill Information (Except Text) for S.697 – Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act". Congress.gov. March 10, 2015. Retrieved April 13, 2015.
- "President Obama signs the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act". The White House. Retrieved September 6, 2016.
- "Congress Passes Largest Chemical Safety Legislation In 40 Years". NPR.org. Retrieved September 6, 2016.
- Korte, Gregory. "Obama signs bipartisan chemical safety bill". USA Today. Retrieved September 6, 2016.
- "White House Statement of Administration Policy" (PDF). WhiteHouse.gov. May 23, 2016. Retrieved September 6, 2016.
- Eilperin, Juliet; Fears, Darryl (May 19, 2016). "Congress is overhauling an outdated law that affects nearly every product you own". The Washington Post. Retrieved September 6, 2016.
- "Congress.gov". Congress.gov. U.S. Congress. June 22, 2016. Retrieved September 6, 2016.
- "Sens. Paul and Udall Introduce Legislation to End War in Afghanistan". paul.senate.gov. March 5, 2019. Retrieved September 20, 2020.
- Britschgi, Christian (March 5, 2019). "Sens. Rand Paul, Tom Udall Introduce Bill to End the War in Afghanistan". Reason. Retrieved September 20, 2020.
- "About Tom". www.tomudall.senate.gov. Retrieved April 2, 2016.
- "Members". Afterschool Alliance. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
- Weiner, Rachel (April 17, 2013). "How almost all the gun amendments failed". Washington Post. Retrieved October 5, 2017.
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- Blake, Aaron (December 17, 2012). "Where the Senate stands on guns — in one chart". Washington Post. Retrieved October 5, 2017.
- "Senator Tom Udall". League of Conservation Voters. Retrieved September 20, 2020.
- "Sierra Club Announces 2018 Award Winners". sierraclub.org. October 1, 2018. Retrieved September 20, 2020.
- "Tester, Daines push for full funding of conservation fund". Havre Daily News. September 19, 2019.
- "S.Res.59". U.S. Senate. Retrieved September 13, 2020.
- "Canvass of Returns of Primary Election Held on June 3, 2008 - State of New Mexico" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 14, 2012. Retrieved December 14, 2015.
- "2008 Election Statistics". Clerk.house.gov. Retrieved February 23, 2016.
- "New Mexico - Election Night Results - June 3rd, 2014". Electionresults.sos.state.nm.us. June 3, 2014. Retrieved July 25, 2014.
- "Official Results General Election - November 4, 2014". New Mexico Secretary of State. November 4, 2014. Retrieved January 2, 2015.
- Udall family of Arizona at the Political Graveyard, Lawrence Kestenbaum, 2013
- Lee Davidson (October 24, 2010). "Senate race: Mike Lee ready to ride Senate roller coaster". The Salt Lake Tribune. Archived from the original on September 15, 2013.
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| Attorney General of New Mexico
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Mexico's 3rd congressional district
|Party political offices|
| Democratic nominee for U.S. Senator from New Mexico
| United States Senator (Class 2) from New Mexico
Served alongside: Jeff Bingaman, Martin Heinrich
| Ranking Member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee|
|U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)|
| United States Senators by seniority