Congresswoman Xochitl Torres Small
Biography and Accomplishments
Congresswoman Xochitl Torres Small became the first Latina to represent NM-02, a district that is over 40% Hispanic, and which had never had a woman as its representative. Torres Small is a native of Las Cruces, the largest city in the district, and has roots in the community dating back to her grandmother, who immigrated from Mexico. Torres Small is a long-time advocate for water and natural resources, and prior to getting elected, she was an attorney at Kemp Smith LLP, where she worked with local governments, farmers, developers and conservationists to protect the environment. Torres Small serves on the Armed Services Committee, Homeland Security Committee and is an active member of several caucuses, including the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
In Congress, Torres Small is fighting for New Mexico’s rural values. She is working hard to expand access to affordable health care and bringing more doctors to rural communities. Torres Small is also a leading champion in common-sense border security and finding a values-based solution to our broken immigration system.
NM-02 is among the largest districts in the country, encompassing the southern half of the state of New Mexico. The district includes Las Cruces, Rosewell and the southern part of Albuquerque and has a unique mix of urban areas and rural population pockets.
The district traditionally leans Republican, but in the last cycle, Democrats invested in expanding the electorate by registering voters in the heavily Hispanic areas of Doña Ana and Valencia Counties, which contributed to Torres Small’s margin of victory.
New Mexico is the most Hispanic state in the country. As such, it is not surprising that Hispanics make up more than 40% of the electorate in NM-02.