Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is traveling to Washington, D.C. to meet with federal officials and speak at a political conference.

On the governor’s itinerary are meetings with Energy Secretary Rick Perry — to talk about national laboratories and the Waste Isolation Pilot Project — and Kevin McAleenan, acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, a spokesman said Tuesday in Santa Fe.

Lujan Grisham, a former member of Congress, also is scheduled to speak Wednesday at the “Ideas Conference” organized by the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank.

Spokesman Tripp Stelnicki said Lujan Grisham also is trying to arrange a meeting with officials at the Department of Health and Human Services and might meet with officials with the Democratic Governors Association.

Because part of the trip is political in nature, Lujan Grisham’s campaign will pay for the governor’s travel expenses, Stelnicki said. She was scheduled to leave the state Tuesday night and return late Thursday, he said.