Tom Udall on Principles & Values

Democratic Jr Senator; previously Representative (NM-3)


Work across the aisle; build relationships and coalitions

Bipartisan governance, negotiating solutions and compromises with political rivals while aspiring to "win them over to your view" in the long run, is a value Udall said he inherited listening in on conversations with his father about "his day job" in Washington, often with the participation of his uncle, Morris "Mo" Udall. "They thought big, but then they did the hard work, working across the aisle, building the relationships, building coalitions."

"I'm a westerner at heart," Udall said, "and when you're a true westerner from the Rocky Mountain region of the west, you may venture out in your life ... but eventually you return to your home, the place you belong."

Source: Las Cruces Sun-News on 2021 Ambassador Confirmation Hearing , Jul 16, 2021

Udall a troubled optimist; Senate is broken and not working

Udall retired this year after two terms in the Senate. In his farewell speech, he spoke about his concerns for the United States and a political system he described as "broken".

"The Senate is broken. It's not working for the American people," Udall said. "We are becoming better and better warriors. We're good at landing a punch - at exposing hypocrisy and riling each other up. But we aren't fostering our better angels." He described himself as a "troubled optimist" in the speech.

Source: Newshub (New Zealand) on Ambassadorial Confirmation Hearing , Jul 7, 2021

Udall comes from a family of American politicians

He's the son of Stewart Udall, who was Secretary of the Interior from 1961 to 1969. He's also the nephew of former Arizona Congressman Morris Udall, the cousin of former Colorado Senator Mark Udall, and the second cousin of Republican Utah Senator Mike Lee.
Source: Newshub (New Zealand) on Ambassadorial Confirmation Hearing , Jul 7, 2021

Lost campaigns in 1982 and 1988 before winning in 1998

If At First You Don't Succeed... The CQ Roll Call members database reveals that 18 members of the 113th Congress mounted multiple unsuccessful campaigns before finally winning a seat.
Source: Cong.Quarterly Rollcall mag. on 2014 New Mexico Senate race , Mar 20, 2014

Voted YES on confirming of Sonia Sotomayor to Supreme Court.

Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee kicked off the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Nominee, Judge Sonia Sotomayor. In her opening statement, Judge Sotomayor pledged a "fidelity to the law:"
"In the past month, many Senators have asked me about my judicial philosophy. It is simple: fidelity to the law. The task of a judge is not to make the law--it is to apply the law. And it is clear, I believe, that my record in two courts reflects my rigorous commitment to interpreting the Constitution according to its terms; interpreting statutes according to their terms and Congress's intent; and hewing faithfully to precedents established by the Supreme Court and my Circuit Court. In each case I have heard, I have applied the law to the facts at hand."
Reference: Supreme Court Nomination; Bill PN506 ; vote number 2009-S262 on Aug 6, 2009

Religious affiliation: Latter-day Saint.

Udall : religious affiliation:

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Source: Adherents.com web site 00-ADH8 on Nov 7, 2000

Supports Hyde Park Declaration of "Third Way" centrism.

Udall adopted the manifesto, "A New Politics for a New America":

As New Democrats, we believe in a Third Way that rejects the old left-right debate and affirms America’s basic bargain: opportunity for all, responsibility from all, and community of all.