Yvette Herrell (R-N.M.) was first sworn in to the U.S. House of Representatives on Jan. 3, 2021, representing New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District. In her bid for the seat in 2020—her second try after losing narrowly in 2018—she campaigned as a pro-Trump, pro-life, pro-gun, anti-regulation, fiscal conservative who is ready to protect fossil fuel jobs and expand domestic energy production. She ran for reelection in 2022 in a tight race after redistricting brought more Hispanic and Democratic voters from Albuquerque into the mix, and lost.
In Congress, Herrell is a member of the far-right House Freedom Caucus and the conservative Republican Study Committee. Previously, she served in the New Mexico House of Representatives from 2011–19 and was a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a right-wing corporate bill mill that creates “model legislation” for implementation at the state level.
In 2018, when Herrell lost her first congressional bid, she made baseless claims about fraud and miscounts of absentee ballots, and in 2020 ran a campaign ad echoing Trump and claiming that “if liberals can’t beat us, they’ll cheat us.” After the 2020 presidential election, she actively participated in helping to spread the Big Lie, objected to certifying President Biden’s Electoral College win and voted against both impeaching Trump for inciting the mob and establishing a special House committee to investigate the insurrection, among other measures.
January 6, 2021
- Just hours after Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, Herrell joined 146 other congressional Republicans in refusing to certify Biden’s win of the 2020 presidential election.
- Herrell voted against impeaching Trump for his role in instigating the attack on Congress and the Capitol and fanning the flames once the riot broke out.
- On May 19, 2021, Herrell voted against establishing a House committee to investigate the Jan. 6 attack.
The Big Lie
- After Trump lost the 2020 presidential election, Herrell told Fox News that she believed the election had been unfairly won and likened his experience to her own loss in 2018, which she attributed to voter fraud. “It just makes me sick because I know exactly what he’s going through,” she said. “It’s horrible.”
- In justifying her vote against certifying Biden’s Electoral College win, Herrell said on the House floor: “It is my duty to give my constituents a voice. Signing these objections raises their concerns to the fullest extent my office allows. I… condemn, in the strongest terms, the violence that took place here yesterday. We have many issues to solve—including reforms to restore all Americans’ faith in the fairness of our elections.”