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Yvette Herrell

Yvette Herrell
Yvette Herrell official photo, 117th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Mexico's 2nd district

January 3, 2021
Xochitl Torres Small
Member of the New Mexico House of Representatives
from the 51st district

January 18, 2011 - January 15, 2019
Gloria Vaughn
Rachel Black
Personal details
Born
Stella Yvette Herrell

(1964-03-16) March 16, 1964 (age 57)[1]
Ruidoso, New Mexico, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationITT Technical Institute (GrCert)
Signature
WebsiteHouse website

Stella Yvette Herrell[2] ( ee-VETT HERR-?l; born March 16, 1964, Cherokee Nation) is an American politician and realtor serving as the U.S. Representative for New Mexico's 2nd congressional district. A member of the Republican Party, she served four terms as a member of the New Mexico House of Representatives for District 51 from 2011 to 2019.[3][4]

Herrell was the Republican nominee for New Mexico's 2nd congressional district in 2018, narrowly losing to Democrat Xochitl Torres Small. She was the Republican nominee for the 2nd district again in 2020, and defeated Torres Small in a rematch.[5]

Herrell has marked many "firsts": she is the first Republican Native woman elected to Congress, the first Cherokee woman,[6] the third Native American woman, and the second Native woman from New Mexico elected to the House.[7] She is the only Republican member of New Mexico's congressional delegation.

Early life and education

Born in Ruidoso, New Mexico, Herrell is a member of the Cherokee Nation.[1][8] After attending Cloudcroft High School, she earned a legal secretary diploma from the ITT Technical Institute School of Business in Boise, Idaho.[9][10][11][12]

After graduating from ITT, Herrell returned to New Mexico, where she worked as a realtor in Alamogordo.[13][14] She later worked as a real estate broker for Future Real Estate in Alamogordo.[15][16]

New Mexico House of Representatives

In 2010, Herrell challenged incumbent District 51 Republican state Representative Gloria Vaughn in the June 1 Republican primary. Herrell won with 846 votes (54.2%),[17] and went on to win the November 2 general election with 3,077 votes (62.9%) against Democratic nominee Susan Medina.[18]

In 2012, Herrell was unopposed in both the June 5 Republican primary, which she won with 2,128 votes,[19] and the November 6 general election, which she won with 7,750 votes.[20]

U.S. House of Representatives

Elections

2018

In 2018, Herrell was a candidate for the United States House of Representatives, and was defeated in a close race by political newcomer and Democratic attorney Xochitl Torres Small. The results were close on election night, with Herrell in the lead at the end of the night and some New Mexico media organizations projecting that she would win.[21] The next day, more ballots were counted, narrowing Herrell's lead, and media organizations rescinded their initial projections.[21] Absentee ballots made Torres Small the winner. Without offering evidence, Herrell alleged possible election fraud before conceding the race.[22][23][24]

A 2018 Associated Press review of Herrell's campaign finance disclosure records found that she had failed to disclose that her real estate company earned $440,000 in contracts with two state agencies over five years. Herrell said she had submitted all required paperwork and that the allegations against her represented "an attack on my moral character" orchestrated by one of her opponents in the Republican congressional primary.[25]

2020

Herrell was a candidate for the 2nd congressional district in the 2020 elections.[26] In the Republican primary, she faced businesswoman Claire Chase and businessman Chris Mathys.[27] Herrell won the primary with 45.6% of the vote and faced Torres Small in the November general election.[28]

Herrell won the November general election and took office on January 3, 2021.[29][30] She campaigned on a stronger southern U.S. border, supporting small businesses, and fighting overly tight government regulation.[4]

Tenure

Iraq

In June 2021, Herrell was one of 49 House Republicans to vote to repeal the AUMF against Iraq.[31][32]

Defense

In September 2021, Herrell was among 75 House Republicans to vote against the National Defense Authorization Act of 2022, which contains a provision that would require women to be drafted.[33][34]

Committee assignments

Source[35]

Caucus memberships

Electoral history

2018

New Mexico's 2nd congressional district election, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Xochitl Torres Small 100,570 50.9
Republican Yvette Herrell 97,031 49.1
Total votes 197,601 100.0
Democratic gain from Republican

2020

New Mexico's 2nd congressional district election, 2020
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Yvette Herrell 142,169 53.75
Democratic Xochitl Torres Small (incumbent) 122,314 46.25
Total votes 264,483 100.0
Republican gain from Democratic

Political positions

During her campaign for the 2nd district in 2020, Herrell positioned herself as an ally of President Donald Trump.[38] After Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election and Trump refused to concede while making baseless claims of fraud, Herrell objected to the certification of Arizona's and Pennsylvania's electoral votes in Congress.[39]

Herrell supports repealing the Affordable Care Act.[40] She has argued that health insurance should be left to "free markets".[41]

In an interview with the Albuquerque Journal, she said, "DACA needs to be reformed." She also said she "will not support any legislation that will impede on our Second Amendment" and supports allowing concealed carry on school property.[9]

Herrell opposes abortion.[42] While a member of the New Mexico House of Representatives in 2015, Herrell sponsored a bill that banned late-term abortion with exceptions for instances of sexual abuse, rape, or incest.[43]

She has said that the federal government's role in public education should be limited.[44]

Herrell has said that she supports legislation that improves water rights, private property rights, and the management of public lands.[45]

After Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, Herrell voted not to impeach Trump.[46]

In 2021, Herrell voted against the American Rescue Plan that was passed by Congress and signed into law by Biden.[47][48][49]

On February 25, 2021, Herrell voted against the Equality Act, a bill that would prohibit discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation by amending the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Fair Housing Act to include new protections.[50][better source needed]

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Herrell attended events that did not comply with public health measures to hinder the spread of the virus, such as social distancing and face masks.[51][52] Explaining why she did not wear a face mask while in a public gathering, Herrell said, "I was at an event, yes; no one in the audience was wearing a mask, so I didn't feel as though I needed to wear one in that particular setting."[52] She criticized the virus mitigation strategies implemented by Democrats in New Mexico.[42]

See also

References

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  2. ^ "Yvette Herrell". Federal Election Commission. Retrieved 2020.
  3. ^ "Representative Yvette Herrell (R)". Santa Fe, New Mexico: New Mexico Legislature. Retrieved 2014.
  4. ^ a b Stabile, Angelica (November 9, 2020). "13 GOP women join the House, dominating congressional elections, making history". FOX News. Retrieved 2020.
  5. ^ Edmondson, Catie (November 4, 2020). "Yvette Herrell Ousts Xochitl Torres Small From New Mexico House Seat". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020.
  6. ^ "GOP makes history with number of women elected to Congress in 2020". Washington Post via YouTube. Retrieved 2021.
  7. ^ D'Ammassa, Algernon. "Give 'em Herrell: New Mexico's 2nd congressional district back in Republican hands". Las Cruces Sun-News. Retrieved 2021.
  8. ^ Olmstead, Mallory (November 6, 2018). "Two Native American Women Become First Elected to Congress". Slate.
  9. ^ a b Herrell, Yvette. "2nd Congressional District candidate Yvette Herrell". Albuquerque Journal (Interview). Interviewed by Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved 2020.
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  12. ^ Devine, Jacqueline (October 20, 2016). "Incumbent Herrell looking to retain state District 51 seat". Alamogordo Daily News. Retrieved 2020.
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  19. ^ "Canvass of Returns of Primary Election Held on June 5, 2012 - State of New Mexico" (PDF). Santa Fe, New Mexico: Secretary of State of New Mexico. p. 8. Retrieved 2014.
  20. ^ "Canvass of Returns of General Election Held on November 6, 2012 - State of New Mexico" (PDF). Santa Fe, New Mexico: Secretary of State of New Mexico. p. 8. Retrieved 2014.
  21. ^ a b "Republican Who Lost US House Race Seeks to Impound Ballots". U.S. News & World Report. Associated Press. November 13, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  22. ^ D'Ammassa, Algernon (November 13, 2018). "On Fox, Herrell alleged 'documented complaints' about election. Then she went silent". Las Cruces Sun News. Retrieved 2020.
  23. ^ Boyd, Dan (January 7, 2019). "Herell not contesting loss in congressional race". Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved 2020.
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  28. ^ "Live: New Mexico State Primary Election Results 2020". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020.
  29. ^ "New Mexico Election Results: Second Congressional District". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020.
  30. ^ McKay, Dan. "Herrell emerges as likely victor in 2nd Congressional District". Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved 2020.
  31. ^ "House votes to repeal 2002 Iraq War authorization".
  32. ^ https://clerk.house.gov/evs/2021/roll172.xml
  33. ^ https://thehill.com/policy/defense/573751-house-passes-sweeping-defense-policy-bill
  34. ^ https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/117-2021/h293
  35. ^ "Committees and Caucuses". Congresswoman Yvette Herrell. U.S. House Of Representatives. Retrieved 2021.
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  37. ^ "Membership". Republican Study Committee. Retrieved 2021.
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  46. ^ "How each member of the House voted on Trump's second impeachment". CNN. Retrieved 2021.
  47. ^ "New Mexico lawmakers respond to President Biden's COVID-19 relief plan". KOB 4. 2021-02-04. Retrieved .
  48. ^ Murphy, Mary Alice. "Herrell Statement on $1.9 Trillion COVID Bill". Grant County Beat. Retrieved .
  49. ^ Writers, Ryan Boetel And Dan Boyd | Journal Staff. "Billions for NM in virus relief package". www.abqjournal.com. Retrieved .
  50. ^ "House passes Equality Act despite objections over religious freedom, women's sports". The Washington Times. Retrieved 2021.
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