Born and raised in New Mexico, Rep. Ben Ray Luján grew up in Nambe, a small farming community north of Santa Fe bordered by the pueblos of Nambe and Pojoaque, and currently serves New Mexico’s third Congressional district and is a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee. Rep. Luján has long been a leader in advocating for means of improving technology transfer. In 2011, he founded the bipartisan Technology Transfer Caucus to bring together members who share the goal of strengthening our economy by helping move technological innovations that are occurring at national labs and universities into the marketplace. Luján also serves as a co-chair of the bipartisan National Labs Caucus, which raises awareness about the importance of the national labs to the long-term economic vitality and security of the nation.
Prior to his election to the U.S. House, Rep. Luján served as the Chairman of the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission. As a Commissioner, Rep. Luján worked with his colleagues to develop a renewable portfolio standard to increase renewable energy production by New Mexico utilities to 20 percent of their total production by 2020 and to diversify utilities’ renewable portfolios to include solar energy.