Deb Haaland, a progressive Democratic congresswoman from New Mexico, is “honored and ready to serve” in the United States cabinet as the President-elect Joe Biden picks her as interior secretary.
So, this new job hers would make her the first Native American cabinet secretary and one of the first Native Americans ever to serve in a US cabinet.
Here’s everything about her and the accomplishments she has made thus far.
How Old Is She?
With the birth name ‘Debra Anne Haaland’, Deb was born on December 2, 1960, in Winslow, Arizona. This makes her was age 60, as of 2020.
Deb Haaland Tribe, Parents, Siblings
Deb Haaland is an enrolled member of the Laguna Pueblo people, which is the tribe that has lived on the land that is now the state of New Mexico since the 1200s. While Deb identifies herself as a 35th-generation New Mexican, her mother Mary Toya is a native American woman and her father Major J. D. “Dutch” Haaland was a Norwegian American.
Both of Deb’s parents served in the military. Her mother served in the United States Navy and her father was an officer in the United States Marine Corps and recipient of the Silver Star for his actions in Vietnam. He died in 2005 and was honored with a full military burial rite at Arlington National Cemetery.
Meanwhile, very less is know about Deb’s siblings: three sisters and a brother.
Deb Haaland Height, Weight
Ever inspiring and gorgeous, Deb Haaland, who is also a marathon runner and gourmet cook, stands to a height of 5′ 4″. Also, her lately reported weight was 64 kilograms or 141 lbs.
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Deb Haaland Accomplishments, Net Worth, Education
Fresh off Highland High School graduate, Deb worked at a local bakery. At 28, she enrolled in the University of New Mexico, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in English.
Like many New Mexicans, Deb had to rely on food stamps at times as a single parent. She lived paycheck-to-paycheck and struggled to put herself through her Juris Doctor degree in Indian law from the University of New Mexico School of Law, graduating in 2006.
Anyway, through hard work and determination, she became the first Chairwoman elected to the Laguna Development Corporation Board of Directors.
In 2014, after running for New Mexico Lieutenant Governor, she was pronounced the first Native American woman to be elected to lead a State Party.
Also since the year 2016, Deb has served as an Honorary Commander of Kirtland Air Force. And now, following the recent selection by Joe Biden, climate activists, joined by progressive members of Congress, tribal leaders, and Hollywood celebrities, were seen mounting a public campaign in support of her accomplishments.
Even The House speaker Nancy Pelosi, New Mexico senator Tom Udall, Sunrise Movement’s Varshini Prakash congratulated Deb, naming her as an excellent choice to “undo the damage of the Trump administration”.
In the meantime, for those wanting to know about the figures to her net worth, Deb Haaland had reportedly accumulated $800 thousand, as she was all set to take on the new role of a Cabinet secretary.
Is She On Twitter & Instagram?
Deb Haaland, who spent most of her life advocating for the “underrepresented, advancing progressive values, and getting Democrats who fight for the people elected”, loves connecting to those in need through her social media pages.
She had nearly 38k and 50.5k followers on her two separate Facebook pages.
Further, the Instagram and Twitter profiles had an amazing 72.3k and 171.2k followers.
Deb Haaland Husband, Daughter, Married
Deb Haaland has a daughter with name Somáh Haaland who she raised on her own.
Somáh graduated from the University of New Mexico. In 2019, the up-and-coming performer/writer/activist became a satellite member of the Tricklock Company. And, before the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, the young Haaland was working as a production assistant on a Netflix show in New York.
Deb, as a single mother, gave birth to her baby girl, four days after graduating from the University of New Mexico in 1994. She then volunteered at her daughter’s pre-school to afford an early childhood education. She also started a salsa company but did not earn enough money to afford to house and had to rely on friends for shelter.
Often in her speeches and talks, Deb credits her struggles as a single mom as a continued guidance provider to her being a lawmaker in Congress.
While we do not know anything concerning the politician’s former husband, her daughter sure mentions a lot about her step-dad and Deb’s second husband on her Instagram.
Somáh, very close to him, refers to him as her ‘dad.’ Sometime in 2017, she shared this picture, with him, writing:
“Here’s to all of the dads that raised kids who aren’t theirs. Family doesn’t have to be biological and I’m way lucky to have been raised by this dude instead of my “real” father. Even though my dad is a hard ass (and was somehow surprised that I turned out to be gay which I don’t understand every time I look at this picture??) I love him and I wouldn’t be the foul-mouthed, tattooed broad that I am today without his support.”
Now and then, Somáh has been introducing her dad to her followers on Instagram. Like the other time when she wrote, “a lot of you know who my mom is, but this is my dad. My parents are SO different, and I am proud to have been raised by each of them.”
Last modified: December 19, 2020