A self-described “science and policy wonk,” Melanie Stansbury won her central New Mexico seat in a 2021 special election, following her predecessor Deb Haaland’s appointment as Secretary of the Interior.
Stansbury is a strong progressive and climate champion, serving on the Natural Resources Committee and the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. She has a strong focus on addressing land and water issues, food insecurity, energy infrastructure and the climate crisis.
As the representative of several pueblos, including the Tohajiilee Navajo Reservation, Rep. Stansbury sits on the Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States. She is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and the Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus.
Rep. Stansbury is a J Street champion.
Stansbury has been outspoken in her support for improved transparency, oversight and end-use restrictions on military aid to Israel, to ensure funding is used for legitimate security purposes and not to advance demolitions, settlements or entrenching the occupation.
She has also been vocal in her opposition to home demolitions in the West Bank. Ahead of President Biden's first official visit to Israel, Rep. Stansbury joined her colleagues in the House and Senate in urging the administration to engage the Israeli government in order to prevent evictions in the West Bank communities of Masafer Yatta.
Rep. Stansbury supports a renewed diplomatic agreement with Iran which verifiably blocks their path to a nuclear weapon, avoiding another potentially catastrophic conflict in the Middle East.