Gregory Meeks

Is this small-town congressman from New Mexico tough enough to win Democrats the House majority?

Is this small-town congressman from New Mexico tough enough to win Democrats the House majority?

Ben Ray Luján was a relatively new congressman, barely finding his way through the halls of the Capitol, when his mom called with an urgent message from home.

The llamas, she told him, had broken out of their pen again.

From nearly 2,000 miles away, Luján helped her figure out how to corral the animals, which were supposed to be guarding the family’s sheep herd in New Mexico.

It’s a skill that could serve him well in his current job, in which he will be expected to play a leading role in guiding Democrats as they try to win the House majority in 2018.

“Something that I learned just around here, growing up on this small farm, is that every job...

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