NEA supports

Michelle Lujan Grisham

Current Office

Governor, New Mexico

On the Record

  • “Steve Pearce can't run from his record of consistently voting to cut money from New Mexico classrooms. Our educators, students, and parents can't trust someone who has sided with the most extreme members of Congress to gut education programs and make it harder for students to afford college.”

    Jun. 14, 2018, KOB

  • “We're going to provide universal pre-K to 3- and 4-year-olds across our state, we're going to raise teachers salaries and we are going to eliminate the PARCC test.”

    Apr. 19, 2018, KRQE

Talking Points

  • A champion of public education, Michelle Lujan Grisham is committed to making tech-literate learning and universal high-quality pre-K education a reality for all.
  • Michelle has been a vocal critic of Betsy DeVos's cuts to teacher training programs, after-school organizations, and early schooling.
  • As Governor, Michelle plan to raise wages and enforce a minimum salary for teachers at $40,000, $50,000, and $60,000 for tiers I, II, and III.
  • Michelle is endorsed by numerous labor unions in addition to the state's education association, including United Steelworkers and Teamsters Union Local 492.


Michelle Lujan Grisham has used her power as congresswomen of New Mexico’s first district to pass legislation supporting public schools and push for higher minimum wages. Before serving in public office, Michelle protected the rights of the elderly as an attorney.

As governor, Michelle wants to use her experience to protect the rights of New Mexican students, educators, and working families. Michelle is committed to ending New Mexico’s harsh and ineffective teacher evaluation system. She also recognizes the negative effect excessive testing is having on our children. If elected, Michelle has said that she will abolish the PARCC testing system.

She currently serves as chairwoman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Michelle is committed to protecting the rights of people of color and supporting more people of color to serve as elected officials.

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