Meet Xochitl

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Xochitl’s story is New Mexico

Growing up in Las Cruces, Xochitl Torres Small learned the New Mexico values of hard work, grit, and a commitment to make southern New Mexico a better home for all of us.

As a child, Xochitl heard stories about her grandmother, who immigrated here from Mexico, working in the fields to build her American dream. Xochitl watched her mom go to school early and stay long after the last bell rang to help her students succeed. Xochitl saw her father consistently go the extra mile as a social worker to help those who are too often pushed aside.  She knows the importance of having your neighbor’s back – and she’s brought that with her to Washington.

While her family never had a lot of money, Xochitl learned that through hard work and a good education she could not only succeed, but also give back to the community that made her success possible. Like so many New Mexicans, Xochitl and her family took out loans to pay for college. To limit that debt, Xochitl took jobs tutoring, serving as a Residential Assistant at her university, and working to support women’s health and improve access to health care.

Armed with a college degree, Xochitl returned home to Las Cruces to help the place that has given her so much.  As a Field Representative for Senator Udall, Xochitl worked to increase cell phone service, broadband, and other communication lines in rural New Mexico. She worked with teachers, college instructors, and business leaders to create better job opportunities for local graduates.  She also helped bring farmers, conservationists, and communities together to protect New Mexico’s water.

As a judicial law clerk for a federal judge, the Honorable Robert C. Brack, Xochitl worked on one of the heaviest criminal dockets in the country.  Xochitl saw firsthand the personal costs and financial burden our nation bears because of its broken immigration system.

Armed with a college degree, Xochitl returned home to Las Cruces to help the place that has given her so much.

Growing up in the desert, Xochitl knows that our jobs and our future depend on protecting our water. As an attorney, Xochitl worked with local governments, farmers, developers, and conservationists to best use this shared resource, and gave free counsel to the homeless.

Now, in Congress, Xochitl is working with Republicans, Democrats, and President Trump to deliver for New Mexico. She’s led on supporting small businesses and growing our economy, fighting to increase access to health care close to home, and working to implement a strong, smart, and fair border security and immigration policy. Xochitl is bringing people together to find solutions that address the diversity of our district and the needs and opportunities of southern New Mexico.

Through all her work, she’s learned a common lesson: tackling our biggest problems requires bringing New Mexicans of all backgrounds together around shared values and commonsense solutions.  Those lessons and a commitment to bipartisanship guide her representation in Congress, where she’s leading by example.