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Congresswoman Torres Small flipped a conservative, rural district in New Mexico in 2018. Only 39% of her constituents voted for Secretary Clinton. Join us to learn how she won, how she has united her constituents and governed, and how she achieves success in a complex district. She’ll also share how she creates a culture of accountability to constituents in her office.
Congresswoman Torres Small represents New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District, the largest non-at-large district in the entire country and even larger than the entire state of Florida. Her career began in the office of U.S. Senator Tom Udall. As his first field representative in southern New Mexico, Xochitl was responsible for ensuring local communities’ visions and concerns were heard and addressed in Washington. She worked on issues with local stakeholders ranging from rural broadband and health care access to economic development and border security. One issue that she was particularly drawn to was water, the lifeblood of southern New Mexico. Inspired by her work on water, Xochitl went to law school at the University of New Mexico where she concentrated on water and natural resources law. After graduating, she worked for US District Court Judge Robert C. Brack, who hears thousands of cases per year related to our southern border. She saw firsthand there the challenges facing our border, and more importantly, the need to address immigration, border security, and economic development in tandem. Most recently, she was an attorney focused on water and natural resources issues.