Deb Haaland marks first year in office
March 16, 2022
Before becoming a cabinet secretary, before being elected to Congress, Deb Haaland’s life looked a lot different than it does now.
In the mid-1990s, she became a first-time mother and wanted to ensure her child had access to early childhood education, so she volunteered at her child’s preschool in order to pay for it.
She relied on food stamps at times, and operated her own small business, Pueblo Salsa, the only job that could offer her the flexibility she needed as a single parent. But she lived paycheck to paycheck, and struggled to pay for college.