How to contact your representative

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico

With the economy faltering and jobs possibly hanging in the balance, many want to know what their representative is doing for them in Washington these days.

Curry and Roosevelt County are represented in Congress by U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, and Sers. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall.

But while these federal lawmakers make periodic trips to the eastern New Mexico region, the closest office any of the three maintains is a two-hour drive away in Roswell.

Udall’s press secretary Marissa Padilla said the senator did have an office in Clovis when he was a congressman.

But when Udall moved into the Senate, he had to shut down the Clovis office due to office space restrictions, she said.

Padilla said by federal law, senators can only maintain less than 5,000 square feet of office space in their state.

Udall now maintains temporary offices in Albuquerque, Las Cruces and Santa Fe. The senator is determining where his permanent offices will be located, Padilla said.

“Senator Udall has always spent a lot of time on the east side and has been active with Cannon and the new mission. No matter what, Tom will have a presence in eastern New Mexico and will continue to be out there as much as possible,” she said.

Aside from official duties in the House and Senate, legislators also take a keen interest in hearing the concerns of their constituents, according to Bingaman’s press secretary Maria Najera.

“We answer all constituent inquiries. If you live in New Mexico, we want to hear what you think,” she said. “We take all comments and feedback very seriously.”

Najera said the senator takes each expressed concern with him when he goes to Capitol Hill.

Bingaman, Lujan and Udall staff several offices in New Mexico — again, none in Clovis or Portales — as well as one in Washington.

Najera said that if a constituent has a concern about a bill or simply has a question, they can call one of the offices and talk with a staff member about what their legislator is working on.

All three legislators also produce newsletters, often on-line and a print product.

“It’s very important for (Bingaman) to hear from people,” Najera said. “And it’s important for people to know what he is doing.”

Sen. Tom Udall

Web site: tomudall.senate.gov
Offices
* B40D Dirksen Senate Office Building

Washington DC, 20510

202-224-6621

* Albuquerque Plaza 201 3rd St. NW, Suite 710
Albuquerque, NM 87102
505-346-6791

fax – 505-346-6720

* Loretto Town Center
505 South Main, Suite 118
Las Cruces, NM 88001

* 120 South Federal Place, Suite 302
Santa Fe, NM 87501
575-988-6511
fax – 505-988-6514

Sen. Jeff Bingaman

Web site: bingaman.senate.gov
E-mail: senator_bingaman@bingaman.senate.gov

Offices
* 703 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
202-224-5521
TDD – 202-224-1792
Tollfree in NM – 1-800-443-8658

* Suite 130
625 Silver Avenue, SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
505-346-6601
TDD – 202-224-1792
Tollfree in NM – 1-800-443-8658

* 148 Loretto Towne Centre
505 South Main
Las Cruces, NM 88001
575-523-6561
TDD – 202-224-1792

Tollfree in NM -1-800-443-8658

* Suite 300
200 East Fourth Street
Roswell, NM 88201
575-622-7113
TDD – 202-224-1792
Tollfree in NM – 1-800-443-8658

* Suite 101
119 East Marcy
Santa Fe, NM 87501
505-988-6647
TDD – 202-224-1792
Tollfree in NM -1-800-443-8658

Rep. Ben Ray Lujan
Web site: lujan.house.gov
Offices
* 502 Cannon HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
202-225-6190
Fax – 202-226-1528

* 811 St. Michael’s Drive Suite 104
Santa Fe, NM 87505
505-984-8950
Fax – 505-986-5047

* 3200 Civic Center NE Suite 330
Rio Rancho, NM 87144
505-994-0499
Fax – 505-994-0550

* 800 Municipal Drive
Farmington, NM 87401
505-324-1005
Fax – 505-324-1026