Lujan Grisham not leaving NM for Cabinet post » Albuquerque Journal

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Speculation had reached a crescendo in recent days with national media reports that Lujan Grisham had vanished from deliberation after rejecting an offer from the Biden transition team to head another federal agency – the Home Office.

A Biden transition source told the Journal that the transition did indeed inform Lujan Grisham of possible positions in the administration.

However, the governor chose to stay in New Mexico as the state itself struggled to slow the spread of COVID-19, which has killed 1,749 people nationwide following a recent surge in cases, and her most recent election as chairman by the Democratic Governors Association for 2021. According to the Biden transition team.

The transition team source also said Biden greatly appreciates Lujan Grisham and expects to work closely with the governor after he was inaugurated next month.

The New York Times reported later Sunday that Biden plans to appoint California Attorney General Xavier Becerra as secretary for health and human services.

Lujan Grisham, co-chair of the Biden transition team, said Sunday she was looking forward to working with the Biden administration from afar.

“As I kept saying, as the governor of New Mexico, I have the best job in the world,” Lujan Grisham said in a statement. “I look forward to working with the Biden administration to address the challenges we face here in New Mexico and across the country. COVID-19, combating climate change and rebuilding our country’s economy are just some of the areas in which we must make significant progress right now. “

Lujan Grisham, who was also mentioned as a possible election for Vice President by Biden before the Democratic presidential candidate chose California’s Senator Kamala Harris as his colleague in August, had not publicly applied for a cabinet position in the Biden administration.

But she had also stopped saying that if she was offered a job like this, she would not take on a role in the Biden administration.

“I think Health and Human Services (Secretary), the Cabinet Office for which I have been identified by attorneys, is evidence that I have long been one of the few governors who have had public health and healthcare experience have care, health reform and long-term care in the country, ”Lujan Grisham said during a press conference last week. “This is a valuable thing for the Biden team.”

Lujan Grisham, the nation’s only current governor in Latina, had previously served three terms in the Albuquerque 1st District Congress. She co-founded a healthcare consultancy in 2008, but separated from Delta Consulting before running for governor.

If Lujan Grisham had been selected for a cabinet post in the Biden administration, Lt. Gov. Howie Morales has been in line to extend the two remaining years of her tenure as governor.

The four-year term Lujan Grisham was elected to in 2018 runs until 2022, and she has proposed in the past to run for re-election.

In the meantime, Biden’s administration could still have a representation in New Mexico.

US Representative Deb Haaland, DN.M., has been touted as a potential Home Secretary election and would make history as the first Native American Cabinet Secretary if selected.

The two US Senators from New Mexico – Democrats Tom Udall and Marin Heinrich – were also named as candidates for Secretary of the Interior, who plays a key role in managing public property across the country.

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