SANTA FE – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, a Democrat from the Santa Fe area who easily won a sixth term in Congress on Tuesday, announced Wednesday that he will run for a House leadership job, the position of assistant Democratic leader.
The post is the number four slot among House leaders, after speaker, majority leader and whip. The Democrats, thanks to their gains in Tuesday’s midterm elections, will take over the House in January.
In a letter to his Democratic colleagues released by his office, Luján said:
“To succeed, we must welcome ideas from all corners of our Caucus. To protect our majority and hold the Trump administration and Congressional Republicans accountable, we must bring our vision directly to the American people, listen to their concerns, and show them how we are working for them.”
Luján is currently chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and was front and center with California U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the former House speaker and current minority leader, in Washington Tuesday night as Democrats celebrated their House takeover.
“Aren’t we proud of Ben Ray?” Pelosi said before the national news cameras after the two had joined hands and raised them above their heads to applause from the crowd.