President Barack Obama
With a father from Kenya and a mother from Kansas, President Obama was born in Hawaii on August 4, 1961. He was raised with help from his grandfather, who served in Patton’s army, and his grandmother, who worked her way up from the secretarial pool to middle management at a bank.
After working his way through college with the help of scholarships and student loans, President Obama moved to Chicago, where he worked with a group of churches to help rebuild communities devastated by the closure of local steel plants.
He went on to attend law school, where he became the first African—American president of the Harvard Law Review. Upon graduation, he returned to Chicago to help lead a voter registration drive, teach constitutional law at the University of Chicago, and remain active in his community.
President Obama’s years of public service are based around his unwavering belief in the ability to unite people around a politics of purpose. In the Illinois State Senate, he passed the first major ethics reform in 25 years, cut taxes for working families, and expanded health care for children and their parents. As a United States Senator, he reached across the aisle to pass groundbreaking lobbying reform, lock up the world’s most dangerous weapons, and bring transparency to government by putting federal spending online.
He was elected the 44th President of the United States on November 4, 2008, and sworn in on January 20, 2009. He was reelected on November 6, 2012 and sworn in to his second term on January 20, 2013. He and his wife, Michelle, are the proud parents of two daughters, Malia, 12, and Sasha, 9.
Vice President Joe Biden
Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr., was born November 20, 1942, in Scranton, Pennsylvania, the first of four siblings. In 1953, the Biden family moved from Pennsylvania to Claymont, Delaware. He graduated from the University of Delaware and Syracuse Law School and served on the New Castle County Council. Then, at age 29, he became one of the youngest people ever elected to the United States Senate.
Just weeks after the election, tragedy struck the Biden family, when Biden’s wife, Neilia, and their 1-year old daughter, Naomi, were killed and their two young sons critically injured in an auto accident. Vice President Biden was sworn in to the U.S. Senate at his sons’ hospital bedside and began commuting to Washington every day by train, a practice he maintained throughout his career in the Senate.
In 1977, Vice President Biden married Jill Jacobs. Jill Biden, who holds a Ph.D. in Education, has been an educator for over two decades and currently teaches at a DC-area community college. The Vice President has three children: Beau, Hunter, and Ashley. Beau serves as Delaware’s Attorney General and recently returned home from Iraq where he served as a Captain in the 261st Signal Brigade of the Delaware National Guard. Ashley is a social worker and Hunter is an attorney. Vice President Biden has five grandchildren: Naomi, Finnegan, Roberta Mabel (“Maisy”), Natalie, and Robert Hunter.
As a Senator from Delaware for 36 years, Senator Biden established himself as a leader on some of our nation’s most important domestic and international challenges. As Chairman or Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee for 17 years, then-Senator Biden was widely recognized for his work on criminal justice issues including the landmark 1994 Crime Bill and the Violence Against Women Act. As Chairman or Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee since 1997, then-Senator Biden played a pivotal role in shaping U.S. foreign policy. He has been at the forefront of issues and legislation related to terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, post-Cold War Europe, the Middle East, and Southwest Asia.
Now, as the 47th Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden has continued his leadership on important issues facing the nation. The Vice President was tasked with implementing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, helping to rebuild our economy and lay the foundation for a sustainable economic future. He is also the chair of the administration’s Middle Class Task Force, a major White House initiative targeted at raising the living standards of middle class families in America. In addition, he is providing sustained, high level focus for the administration on Iraq policy and has traveled to the country multiple times since being elected as Vice President. Vice President Biden continues to draw on his vast foreign policy experience, advising the President on a multitude of international issues and representing our country to many regions of the world, including travel to Germany, Belgium, Chile, Costa Rica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, Lebanon, Georgia, Ukraine, Iraq, Poland, Romania, the Czech Republic, Israel, the Palestinian Territories, Jordan, Spain, Egypt, Kenya, South Africa, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Finland, Russia, and Moldova.
New Mexico Senator Martin Heinrich
Senator Martin Heinrich is a fighter for New Mexico’s working families and a champion for his state’s burgeoning clean energy economy and treasured public lands. As one of only a handful of members of Congress with a background in science and technology, he works hard to ensure America’s leadership in innovation to address our world’s 21st Century challenges.
A mechanical engineer by training, Senator Heinrich is a lifelong advocate for technology, innovation and clean energy. After completing a Bachelor’s degree in Science and Engineering at the University of Missouri, he and his wife Julie moved to Albuquerque and began his career working on Kirtland Air Force Base.
Elected to the United States Senate in 2012, he was inaugurated New Mexico’s eighteenth United States Senator on January 3, 2013. Heinrich previously served two terms in in the U.S. House of Representatives from New Mexico’s First District, where he was as a member of the House Armed Services Committee and the Committee on Natural Resources.
Martin Heinrich is committed to creating jobs, putting the middle class first, and strengthening our economy. He believes our nation needs a plan that not only will create jobs and improve our economy now, but will strengthen our nation over the long term. And he believes strongly in transparency and accountability to guarantee all taxpayer money is used properly. By focusing on job creation, energy independence, and middle-class tax relief, Representative Heinrich is working hard to grow New Mexico’s economy and make it work for everyone.
Prior to being elected to Congress, Representative Heinrich served as Albuquerque City Council President and as Natural Resources Trustee for the State of New Mexico.
New Mexico Senator: Tom Udall
Tom Udall became New Mexico’s 17th United States Senator on January 6, 2009 after two decades of public service as U.S. Representative and New Mexico’s State Attorney General. Throughout his career, Tom has earned a reputation as a principled leader who has the integrity to do what is right for New Mexico and our nation.
Born to Stewart and Lee Udall in Tucson, Arizona on May 18, 1948, Tom’s roots in New Mexico are deep. His grandmother Louise Lee was born in Luna, NM during territorial days and was part of a ranching family in what is now Catron County. Her family used to drive cattle down the White Mountains to the railroad in Magdalena.
In 1970, Tom began attending Prescott College in Arizona, where he earned his undergraduate degree. After receiving his Bachelor of Laws Degree from Cambridge University in 1975, Tom chose to make New Mexico his permanent home. He attended University of New Mexico Law School and graduated in 1977. Tom then served as a Law Clerk to Chief Justice Oliver Seth of the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and became a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s criminal division. As Chief Counsel to the New Mexico Department of Health and Environment, Tom also fought for stronger environmental and health protections.
These experiences helped Tom realize he could personally make a difference for New Mexicans through elected office. In 1990, New Mexicans chose Tom as their Attorney General. Elected with broad support, he fought to protect consumers against fraud and fighting for our state’s most vulnerable citizens. He made fighting DWI and domestic violence a priority and working with the Legislature, enacted tougher laws against offenders. He also worked to protect consumers, especially senior citizens, from rampant telemarketing and other forms of fraud. Additionally, Tom made ethics a trademark issue, increasing transparency in government and prosecuting corrupt politicians, even members of his own party. In 1994, Tom was elected to a second term as Attorney General.
In 1998, Tom was elected to represent the 3rd Congressional District of New Mexico in the U.S. House of Representatives. In the House, Tom wrote and passed legislation to establish a national renewable electricity standard, which would spur the creation of good jobs, reinvigorate our economy, and reduce global warming emissions. He has been a champion of expanding preventive health care. He voted against the Iraq War and continues to call for the responsible redeployment of our troops from Iraq. Tom has also consistently championed tougher ethics laws both as Attorney General and in Congress where he voted to create an independent commission to investigate corruption among members of Congress.
A decade later, Tom Udall was elected and sworn in as New Mexico’s junior senator. In the Senate, he serves on four committees, including the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, the Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), the Committee on Indian Affairs, and the Committee on Rules and Administration. Tom’s work on the Commerce Committee focuses on a variety of issues ranging from greater broadband deployment and consumer protection to encouraging innovation and promoting science, and oversight and expansion of the nation’s communications infrastructure. In his role on EPW, Tom continues his important work on energy and environmental issues. On the Indian Affairs Committee, he carries on his longtime mission of helping shape the unique matters concerning Native Americans, including economic development, trust responsibilities, land management, Indian education and health programs. Through the Rules Committee, Tom is working to reform government and Congress to better work for the American people, not the special interests.
Tom is married to Jill Cooper and they have one grown daughter. In Tom’s spare time he enjoys tennis, fly-fishing, mountain climbing and staying involved in his community.