|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from New Mexico's 2nd district
|Assumed office |
January 3, 2023
|Preceded by||Yvette Herrell|
|Member of the Las Cruces City Council|
from the 3rd district
November 2017 – December 2021
|Preceded by||Olga Pedroza|
|Succeeded by||Becki Graham|
|Born||August 3, 1984|
El Paso, Texas, U.S.
|Education||New Mexico State University (BA)|
Gabriel Vasquez (born August 3, 1984) is an American politician who is the U.S. representative for New Mexico's 2nd congressional district. He previously served as a member of the Las Cruces City Council. Vasquez is a member of the Democratic Party.
Vasquez was born in El Paso, Texas, and raised in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and journalism from New Mexico State University in 2008.
As a college student, Vasquez was the news editor and editor-in-chief of The Round Up, New Mexico State University's student-run newspaper. From 2008 to 2011, he was the business editor of the Las Cruces Bulletin. In 2011, he was the executive director of the Las Cruces Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. From 2013 to 2015, he served as a field representative for Senator Martin Heinrich.
In 2015 and 2016, Vasquez was the vice president of communications for First Focus, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy organization. From 2016 to 2018, he was the director of community relations for the New Mexico Wildlife Federation. In 2018 and 2019, he was the deputy director of New Mexico's chapter of the Wilderness Society. From 2019 to 2021, he worked as deputy director of the Western Conservation Foundation in the federal lands department. From 2017 to 2021, he served as a member of the Las Cruces City Council.
Main article: 2022 United States House of Representatives elections in New Mexico § District 2
Vasquez was the Democratic nominee for New Mexico's 2nd congressional district in the 2022 election. He won on November 8, 2022, by a margin of about 1,300 votes, defeating Republican incumbent Yvette Herrell. The district's boundaries were redrawn after the 2020 census, making the previously Republican-leaning district more competitive.
During the campaign, Vasquez deleted tweets attacking the oil and gas industry, rationalizing rioting in the summer of 2020, and comparing the Trump administration to the Ku Klux Klan.
|Republican||Yvette Herrell (incumbent)||95,636||49.63|
|Democratic||Eliseo Luna (write-in)||51||0.03|
|Democratic gain from Republican|