Deb Haaland is an accomplished community leader running for Congress to be a new voice for women and families in Washington. Deb was raised in a military family and learned to value public service from a young age — a value that has guided her throughout her career. As a longtime progressive activist, she has successfully fought for change on behalf of her community. When she was chair of the New Mexico Democratic Party, Deb protested the Dakota Access Pipeline in Standing Rock and divested the state party from a company that had invested in the pipeline and for-profit immigration detention facilities.
Dutch Haaland, Deb’s father, who was a 30-year career Marine, is buried at Arlington National Cemetery for being awarded the Silver Star Medal for saving the lives of Marines in Vietnam in 1967. Deb’s mom served in the Navy, and met and married Deb’s dad while they were both stationed at Treasure Island. Being raised in a military family that moved around a lot, Deb was very close with her siblings. Her oldest sister Denise has raised a ranching family right here in New Mexico; her sister Zoe is a Registered Nurse and works with heart patients; and, Deb’s brother, Judd, owns his own construction company.
Deb is a member of the Laguna Pueblo tribe who lives in Albuquerque and is a proud single mom of an LGBTQ daughter.