Two members of New Mexico’s incoming U.S. House delegation have endorsed California Rep. Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House when the Democrats take control in January.
Both U.S. District 3 Rep. Ben Ray Luján and incoming U.S. District 1 Rep. Deb Haaland announced their support for Pelosi this week.
Incoming U.S. District 2 Rep. Xochitl Torres Small remains uncommitted, according to Brian Sowyrda, who served as Torres Small’s campaign manager.
Luján voiced his support on Twitter.
“No one works harder, smarter, or more effectively at delivering for the American people than @NancyPelosi. She will be our next Speaker of the House,” Luján said in a tweet Tuesday.
“Yes. I support Nancy Pelosi for the same reasons Republicans hate her: she is incredibly effective,” Haaland told the Journal. “I think our country needs more women in leadership right now, not less.”
Luján’s and Haaland’s endorsements do not come as a surprise.
Luján worked closely with Pelosi as chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and celebrated with her on election night when the Democrats took control of the House.
Pelosi campaigned for Haaland in Albuquerque in August.
While Pelosi did not campaign with Torres Small in her race against Republican Yvette Herrell, she did support Torres Small’s candidacy.
Sowyrda said Torres Small wanted to “talk to all candidates for the position who share rural values.”
“She’s not going to commit at this time,” Sowyrda said. “She has not made up her mind.”
According to the Associated Press, at least 16 House Democrats nationally have signed on to a letter in favor of new leadership, and several incoming freshmen lawmakers have said they won’t vote for Pelosi.
Luján is also campaigning for a leadership position of his own. He is seeking the position of assistant Democratic leader. The post is the number four slot among House leaders, after speaker, majority leader and whip.
An official with Luján’s office told the Journal the position of assistant Democratic leader would be selected next Wednesday.