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Candidate Profile from Congressional Quarterly
Tom Udall (D) of Santa Fe
- Born: May 18, 1948, Tuscon, Ark.
- Education: Prescott College, B.A.,
1970; Cambridge U., B.L.L., 1975; U. of New Mexico, J.D.,
- Military Service: None.
- Occupation: Lawyer.
- Family: Wife, Jill Cooper; one stepchild.
- Religion: Unspecified.
- Political Career: Assistant
U.S. attorney, 1978-81; sought Democratic
nomination for U.S. House, 1982; Democratic
nominee for U.S. House, 1988; N.M. attorney
- Campaign Address: P.O. Box 208, Santa Fe, NM 87504
- Telephone: (505) 982-7078
- Fax: (505) 982-6185
- E-mail: Not reported.
- Web: Not reported.
Winning on his third attempt, Udall will return to the congressional roster one of the oldest names in the West the family arrived by wagon train and will be the third member of the family in the House. His father, Stewart, represented Arizona (1955-61) until he became Interior secretary under President John F. Kennedy. Morris K. Udall was his brother's successor and served for three decades (1961-91). One of Tom Udall's first cousins Mark, a son of Morris was the Democratic nominee in Colorado's 2nd House district. And a distant cousin to the Udalls is Sen. Gordon H. Smith, R-Ore.
"From the time I was 6, I heard my father and uncle talk about public service," he said. "From them I learned the value of standing by your principles and doing what is right, guided by the law."
A major theme of Udall's campaign was environmental protection a reflection not only of his family's trademark issue but also of the practical political need to attract others drawn to Green Party nominee Carol A. Miller.
As a representative of one of the poorest districts in the country, Udall said he will also work on programs he championed as state attorney general to combat drunken driving, domestic violence, medical fraud and consumer abuse.
While understanding the "reality" of securing a coveted freshman seat on a top committee they usually go to those seen as particularly vulnerable in their first bids for re-election Udall said he will seek to fill a vacancy on Appropriations. His second choice is the Resources panel.
Hillary Rodham Clinton campaigned for Udall; he said he is waiting for the end of the Judiciary Committee inquiry before deciding if he would vote for articles of impeachment against President Clinton.