Senator Udall has earned a reputation as a principled leader who has the integrity to do what is right for New Mexico and our nation. Tom began serving as United States Senator in 2009, after two decades of public service in the U.S. House of Representatives and as New Mexico Attorney General.
Tom currently serves as Vice Chair of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, and has fought for many years for resources and programs that spur economic development in Indian Country. In 2016, he cosponsored the Native American Tourism and Improving Visitor Experience — or NATIVE – Act that requires federal agencies with tourism assets and responsibilities to include Tribes and Native organizations in national tourism efforts and strategic planning. The act gives Tribes access to resources to shape their own cultural tourism and promotion efforts. This year, Tom successfully pushed for $3.4 million in new funding to implement the act.
Tom has worked for decades to protect the authenticity of Native arts and crafts. As Attorney General, he went after “scammers” trying to sell counterfeited Native art. And in the Senate, he is he working to beef up enforcement of the Indian Arts and Crafts Act. In July 2017, he held a field hearing in Santa Fe, New Mexico on how to better protect Native artists and consumers under the act. And, this year, he worked to secure an additional $2 million in funding for anti-trafficking enforcement.
Tom also serves on the Appropriations and Commerce Committees.
U.S. Senator Tom Udall Santa Fe, NM 505-988-6511 505-988-6514 (fax)