24 Facts About Yvette Herrell


Stella Yvette Herrell is an American politician and realtor who served as the US representative for New Mexico's 2nd congressional district from 2021 to 2023.


Yvette Herrell was the Republican nominee for the 2nd district again in 2020, and defeated Torres Small in a rematch.


Yvette Herrell lost her bid for reelection in 2022 to Democratic nominee Gabe Vasquez.


Yvette Herrell has marked many firsts: she is the first Republican Native woman elected to Congress, the first Cherokee woman, the third Native American woman, and the second Native woman from New Mexico elected to the House.


Yvette Herrell was the only Republican member of New Mexico's congressional delegation during the 117th Congress.


Yvette Herrell was born in Ruidoso, New Mexico, and is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation.


Yvette Herrell later worked as a real estate broker for Future Real Estate in Alamogordo.


In 2010, Yvette Herrell challenged incumbent District 51 Republican state Representative Gloria Vaughn in the June 1 Republican primary.


In 2012, Yvette Herrell was unopposed in both the June 5 Republican primary, which she won with 2,128 votes, and the November 6 general election, which she won with 7,750 votes.


In 2018, Yvette Herrell was a candidate for the United States House of Representatives, and was defeated in a close race by political newcomer and Democratic attorney Xochitl Torres Small.


Yvette Herrell said she had submitted all required paperwork and that the allegations against her represented "an attack on my moral character" orchestrated by one of her opponents in the Republican congressional primary.


Yvette Herrell was a candidate for the 2nd congressional district in the 2020 elections.


Yvette Herrell won the November general election and took office on January 3,2021.


Yvette Herrell campaigned on a stronger southern US border, supporting small businesses, and fighting overly tight government regulation.


Yvette Herrell was a candidate for the 2nd congressional district in the 2022 elections.


Yvette Herrell ran unopposed in the Republican primary and faced Democratic nominee Gabe Vasquez in the general election.


In June 2021, Yvette Herrell was one of 49 House Republicans to vote to repeal the AUMF against Iraq.


In September 2021, Yvette Herrell was among 75 House Republicans to vote against the National Defense Authorization Act of 2022, which contains a provision that would require women to be drafted.


In 2021, Yvette Herrell called for the National Guard to be deployed at the United States-Mexico border.


In 2022, Yvette Herrell was the main sponsor of a bill to give Canadian truckers protesting vaccine mandates temporary political asylum.


Yvette Herrell has argued that health insurance should be left to "free markets".


Yvette Herrell has said that the federal government's role in public education should be limited.


Yvette Herrell has said that she supports legislation that improves water rights, private property rights, and the management of public lands.


In 2021, Yvette Herrell voted against the American Rescue Plan that was passed by Congress and signed into law by Biden.