Attorney General of New Mexico

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New Mexico Attorney General
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2012 FY Budget:  $25,457,600
Term limits:  2 terms
Structure
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  New Mexico Constitution, Article V, Section I
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

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Name:   Gary King
Officeholder Party:  Democratic
Assumed office:  2006
Compensation:  $95,000
Elections
Next election:  November 4, 2014
Last election:  November 2, 2010
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The Attorney General of New Mexico is an elected executive officer for the state of New Mexico. The attorney general serves as head of the state's Department of Justice and is required to be a licensed attorney.

In New Mexico, the state attorney general is fifth in succession to the office of governor, after the lieutenant governor, secretary of state, President pro tempore of the New Mexico Senate, and the Speaker of New Mexico House of Representatives.

The attorney general functions as the state's chief legal officer, legal counsel to state government, consumer advocate, and guardian of the public interest.

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Democrat Gary King. He has served since 2006.[1]

Authority

The state Constitution addresses the office of attorney general in Article V, the Executive Department.

Under Article V, Section 1:

The executive department shall consist of a governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state auditor, state treasurer, attorney general and commissioner of public lands,...

Qualifications

Here is a list of the standard qualifications necessary under New Mexico State Law in order to be considered for the Office of State Attorney General:

  • No person shall be eligible to any office specified in Section One, hereof, unless he be:
  • a citizen of the United States
  • at least thirty years of age
  • nor unless he shall have resided continuously in New Mexico for five years next preceding his election
  • Nor to the office of attorney general, unless he be:

Campaign finance

Main article: Campaign finance requirements for New Mexico ballot measures

The Attorney General of New Mexico is responsible for all investigations and prosecutions of campaign finance laws in the state regardless if it involves civil or criminal laws. If someone feels a person or committee violated state campaign finance law, the first step is to file with the Attorney General.[2][3]

Elections

New Mexico state government organizational chart

New Mexico elects Attorneys General in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not Presidential election years. For New Mexico, 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018 are all attorney general election years.

Electoral history

2006

2006 Race for Attorney General - Democratic Primary[4]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Gary King 46.1%
     Democratic Party Geno Zamora 31.9%
     Democratic Party Lemuel L. Martinez 21.9%
Total Votes 123,405
2006 Race for Attorney General - General Election[5]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Gary King 56.8%
     Republican Party Jim Bibb 43.2%
Total Votes 559,715

2010

See also: New Mexico Attorney General election, 2010

Democratic Primary

  • 2010 Race for Attorney General - Democratic Primary

Republican Primary

  • 2010 Race for Attorney General - Republican Primary

General election

2010 Race for Attorney General - General Election[6]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Gary King 53.7%
     Republican Party Matthew Chandler 46.3%
Total Votes 597,644

Vacancies

Per Article V, Section 5 of the New Mexico Constitution, in the event of a vacancy the governor fills the position by appointment. The appointee serves until the next general election.

Duties

The attorney general functions as the state's chief legal officer, legal counsel to state government, consumer advocate, and guardian of the public interest. The attorney general also serves as head of the state's Department of Justice.

Divisions

  • The Civil Division provides legal advice and representation to state agencies, boards and commissions and researches and drafts Attorney General opinions and advisory letters. The Civil Division conducts Sunshine Law seminars to teach state and local bodies their duties under the law and to provide the public with an understanding of what they should expect from their government.
  • The Consumer Protection Division enforces consumer protection laws to prevent and deter unfair, deceptive, anti-competitive and unlawful practices that injure consumers and businesses.
  • The Criminal Appeals Division represents and advocates for victims and the People of New Mexico in all criminal appeals and habeas corpus proceedings in state and federal courts.
  • The Investigations Division is comprised of investigators in three separate specialty area: government accountability, Internet crimes against children, and special investigations.
  • The Litigation Division represents the State of New Mexico in three primary areas: general litigation, administrative prosecutions, and representation of judges and state officials on civil writs. This Division also enforces the Master Settlement Agreement of the Tobacco Settlement.
  • The Medicaid Fraud and Elder Abuse Division is a criminal law enforcement unit that enforces the Medicaid Fraud Act and the Resident Abuse and Neglect Act, investigates and prosecutes Medicaid providers who commit fraud and/or resident abuse, neglect and exploitation in long-term care facilities, and pursues civil monetary repayment of Medicaid program funds when a Medicaid provider does not provide adequate services to recipients.
  • The Prosecutions Division investigates and prosecutes crimes throughout the state of New Mexico. Most of the criminal cases handled by the Division are referred by the local District Attorney, based on a conflict of interest or because the District Attorney seeks assistance from the Attorney General in some specialized area.
  • The Water, Environment and Utilities Division strives to protect, preserve, and enhance New Mexico’s fragile environment, water, and natural resources through litigation and cooperative efforts with stakeholders. In addition, staff members represent the interests of New Mexico’s residential and small business consumers in matters of gas, electronic and telecommunication regulation.
  • The Administrative Services Division and the Information Technology Division are responsible for the entire agency running in the most efficient, effective, and secure manner.
  • The Government Accountability Unit's mission is to evaluate, investigate and prosecute cases of public corruption.
  • Border Violence Division was formed to develop and maintain liaison on mutual law enforcement matters between Mexico and New Mexico and to coordinate between prosecutors and law enforcement agencies in New Mexico with similar entities in the Republic of Mexico.
  • Immigrant Services Unit addresses issues such as immigrant-targeted consumer problems and other civil matters particularly when the immigrant is a target for abuse.
  • Violence Against Women Division is designed to provide training, mentorship and to set standards for the professional response to sexual assault, stalking, and domestic violence.

State budget

The budget for the Attorney General's office in Fiscal Year 2012 was $25,457,600.[7]

Compensation

2013

In 2013, the attorney general's salary remained at $95,000.[8]

2010

In 2010, the Attorney General of New Mexico was paid an estimated $95,000 according to the Council of State Governments.[9]

Historical officeholders

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Contact information

Mailing Address:
P.O. Drawer 1508
Santa Fe, NM 87504-1508

Street Address:
408 Galisteo Street
Villagra Building
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501

Phone: (505) 827-6000
Fax: (505) 827-5826

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