Raul Grijalva

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Raul Grijalva currently serves the 7th Congressional district of Arizona

Raúl M. Grijalva, a Democrat, has represented the 7th District of Arizona in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2003. (map) He was rumored to be a possible choice as Barack Obama's nominee to be Secretary of the Interior.

Record and controversies

Iraq War

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

Reparations for Japanese Latin Americans

Grijalva cosponsored The Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Latin Americans of Japanese Descent Act in the 110th Congress which would establish a commission that would determine the facts and circumstances involving the relocation, internment and deportation of Japanese Latin Americans.[1]

Main article: Redress for Japanese Latin Americans/ U.S. legislation#Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Latin Americans of Japanese Descent Act of 2007


Gun control

Grijalva is a supporter of gun control and cosponsored H.R. 1312 (Assault Weapons Ban and Law Enforcement Protection Act of 2005) on July 14, 2005.[2]

He also cosponsored H.R. 1022 (Assault Weapons Ban Reauthorization Act of 2007) on March 9, 2007.[3]

Main article: U.S. gun legislation


Grijalva is pro choice. He has voted in favor of legislation that allows military families overseas to use personal funds for abortions at military hospitals, against the abortion pain bill, and against two pieces of legislation designed to prohibit partial birth abortion. [1] Currently, Planned Parenthood, a pro-choice interest group, rated Grijalva at 100%.[2]

Illegal immigration

On immigration issues, Grijalva has consistently supported giving illegal immigrants an opportunity to become U.S. citizens. He voted against legislation designed to create a large fence along the US/Mexico border, in addition to equipping border patrol agents with additional equipment. [3]

Grijalva has stated that he feels especially strongly about immigration issues, because his father entered the country through the U.S. "Bracero Program," a program designed to allow seasonal immigration for Mexicans. [4]

Gay marriage

Grijalva voted against a constitutional amendment to define marriage as only between a man and a woman. [5]

Iraq War

Grijalva has stated his dissatisfaction with the Iraq war, particularly the initial decision to enter into a war with Iraq, stating "Rest assured that history will not be kind to the decisionmakers and the decider of this war, nor will it be kind to a Congress that looked the other way." [6] In the same speech, he implied his desire for the eventual removal of US troops from Iraq. Also, he has expressed his desire for increased congressional input, especially in terms of congressional oversight, in the wake of the war. He stated "The litany of failures and untruths goes on and on. The lack of leadership by this administration requires, no, I think it demands that this Congress assert its constitutional duty to check and balance this administration by beginning with the important step of passing this resolution." [7]

Labour Rights

Grijalva is committed to safeguarding collective bargaining rights. He states on his website that he will oppose any attempt to limit union negotiation abilities. [8] The Service Employees International Union believes that he has upheld this promise, and rates him at 100% support for its interests. [9] Mr. Grijalva also serves on the House Education and Workforce committee. [10]


Grijalva states on his website that education is one of his top priorities, and he that he therefore supports fully funding public education in the U.S. [11] He also states that he is opposed to school vouchers allowing parents to opt-out of public education for their children, instead receiving public funding for private schools. [12] He also supports the public-funded "Head Start" Program for pre-kindergarten children. He serves on the Education and Workforce committee in the house, and was rated 100% by the National Education Association [13] for his actions to "promote the cause of public education". [14]


Grijalva was born in Tucson, Arizona on February 19, 1948. He was educated at the University of Arizona and was Director of El Pueblo Neighborhood Center, Assistant Dean for Hispanic Student Affairs at the University of Arizona and a Supervisor of Pima County before entering the House.

He is a cosponsor of the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2005 and an endorser of the Genocide Intervention Network.

Possible Obama Cabinet Post

Sources close to the Obama 2008 transition team reported that Grijalva was under serious consideration for an appointment to the post of Secretary of the Interior. [15] Notable progressive commentators like John Nichols spoke out strongly in favor of a Grijalva-run Interior Department[16], but recent actions indicate that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may be attempting to prevent the appointment by offering the Congressman a seat on the powerful Ways and Means Committee.[17]

2006 elections

In 2006, the Republicans nominated Ron Drake to face Grijalva in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [18] Grijalva retained his seat.

2008 elections

This information was gathered by volunteer researchers as part of the Superdelegate Transparency Project on the superdelegates for the 2008 Democratic presidential primary. For more info see the Arizona superdelegate tracker or visit the STP homepage.

Before Hillary Clinton conceded the race, Raul Grijalva, as a superdelegate, had endorsed Barack Obama for President.

For more information and sources, see the state page for this superdelegate linked to in the blue box above.

Committees and Affiliations


Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Raul Grijalva. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC Office:
1440 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-2435
Fax: 202-225-1541
Web Email

District Office- Tucson:
810 East 22nd Street, Suite 102
Tucson, AZ 85713
Phone: 520-622-6788
Fax: 520-622-0198

District Office- Yuma:
1455 South Fourth Avenue
Suite 4
Yuma, AZ 85364
Phone: 928-343-7933
Fax: 928-343-7949

Articles and resources


  2. Thomas page on H.R. 1312
  3. Thomas page on H.R. 1022

External resources

External articles

Local blogs and discussion sites

Corresponding article on Wikipedia and Cause Caller. (If Cause Caller link does not work, pick from its list of senators and representatives.)

Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives
111th Congress
Leadership Position:
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110th Congress
Leadership Position:
Committees Chaired:
Ranking Member On:

Committees: House Committee on Education and Labor, House Committee on Education and Labor/Subcommittee on Early Childhood Elementary and Secondary Education, House Committee on Education and Labor/Subcommittee on Healthy Families and Communities, House Committee on Natural Resources, House Committee on Natural Resources/Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, House Committee on Natural Resources/Subcommittee on National Parks Forests and Public Lands, House Committee on Small Business, House Committee on Small Business/Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight, House Committee on Small Business/Subcommittee on Finance and Tax
Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 5, 2002
First Took Current Office:
January 3, 2003
Next Election:
November 2, 2010
Term Ends:
Freshman Member?
Previous Political Work?
Pima County Board of Supervisors, 1989-2002; Tucson Unified School District Governing Board, 1974-1986
Other Party Membership:
District Offices:
1. 810 East 22nd Street, Suite 102, Tucson, AZ 85713
Phone: 520-622-6788 / Fax: 520-622-0198
2. 1455 South Fourth Avenue, Suite 4, Yuma, AZ 85364
Phone: 928-343-7933 / Fax: 928-343-7949

Campaign Contact:

Website: http://www.grijalvaforcongress.com/
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Date of Birth: February 19, 1948