Who Is Tom Udall's Wife? New Details On Jill Cooper

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Who Is Tom Udall's Wife? New Details On Jill Cooper

Tom Udall has been a U.S. Senator since winning an election in 2008. From the state of New Mexico, he previously served as a U.S. Representative, as well as the Attorney General from New Mexico for eight years.

His family is also quite well-known; they are a political family whose role in politics dates back over 100 years, including Stewart Udall, the Secretary of Interior for Lyndon B. Johnson, Mo Udall, a U.S. Representative, and Mark Udall, a former Senator from Colorado. Udall is also the second cousin of Senator Mike Lee!

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But aside from his family’s history in politics, Udall has taken a strong stance on environmental protection since the 1990s. He supported the Arctic Wilderness Bill, and worked closely with the Navajo and Pueblo nations in New Mexico, opposing fracking and drilling near Chaco Canyon National Park.

He’s also a supporter of LGBT rights and gun control, participating in the sit-in following the Orlando shooting in 2016. “We owe it to the LGBT community and all families harmed by gun violence to keep terror suspects from obtaining guns,” he said.

But what about his personal life? Who is Tom Udall’s wife and what is their relationship like? Here are 3 details to know about Jill Cooper.

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1. They have one child.

The couple are parents to one daughter, Amanda. In 2011, she appeared in front of a Grand Jury regarding Governor Bill Richardson’s alleged conflict of interest while she served as his Deputy Campaign Manager. Her husband was also the New Mexico State Director for the Judicial Standards Commission, causing a major controversy.

2. She’s a former attorney.

Though she’s one of the first 100 women lawyers in New Mexico, retiring in 1999 to follow her husband to Washington, she currently serves on the Board for the Santa Fe Conservation Trust. She’s also under contract to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian.

3. She resigned from a White House committee.

Cooper was a member of the Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH), “an advisory committee to the White House on cultural issues.” Though she was appointed by Barack Obama, she and over a dozen others resigned in August 2017 after Trump’s comments about the unrest in Charlottesville.

The letter said, “Ignoring your hateful rhetoric would have made us complicit in your words and actions We took a patriotic oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic... Supremacy, discrimination, and vitriol are not American values. Your values are not American values. We must be better than this. We are better than this. If this is not clear to you, then we call on you to resign your office, too.”

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