|New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands|
|Years in position||0|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|First elected||November 4, 2014|
|High school||Almagordo High School|
|Bachelor's||Colorado State University|
|Place of birth||Alamagordo, New Mexico|
Dunn was a crop inspector for Production Credit Association and a CEO and President of First Federal Bank in Roswell, New Mexico before becoming a rancher.
- High School: Almagordo High School
- B.A.: Colorado State University
New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands (2015-present)
Dunn was first elected to the land commissioner's office on November 4, 2014, and was sworn into office in January 2015.
|New Mexico Land Commissioner, 2014|
|Democratic||Ray Powell Incumbent||49.9%||249,481|
|Election Results via New Mexico Secretary of State.|
The New Mexico Secretary of State started a recount in the land commissioner's race on December 11, 2014. Challenger Aubrey Dunn (R) won the initial vote by a small margin over incumbent Ray Powell (D). State law requires a recount if the difference between the top two candidates for a seat is one-half of 1 percent. Powell initially challenged how state officials would test ballots prior to the recount, but dropped an appeal to the New Mexico Supreme Court after an agreement was reached over ballot testing. This was the first statewide recount since a 2008 law instituted the automatic recall requirement. Dunn maintained his lead following the recount's completion on December 16, confirming his victory over Powell.
Dunn's campaign website listed the following themes for the 2014 race:
New Mexico voters have a choice: will the next four years see more extreme environmental actions from a State Land Commissioner that cost us jobs, or will we have a balanced effort to protect our resources while optimizing our public lands to provide jobs and produce revenue that our schools need?
My opponent leans toward extreme environmentalism and has a history of taking sweetheart deals. As land commissioner, he selected out-of-state land developers, Forrest City Covington, to develop Albuquerque’s Mesa del Sol. So far, they’ve given him $30,000 in campaign contributions.
My opponent and I have very different views on Management and Utilization of Public Lands, Property Rights, and how the State Land Office should be run. This chart gives you those differences in a nutshell. For more information on each specifically, please visit Public Land Utilization, Renewable Energy, Federal Land Management, Property Rights, and State Land Office.
If you’re not familiar with the State Land Office, and the role of the Commissioner, here’s a little background: The position of the Commissioner of Public Lands was created in our state’s Constitution through the Enabling Act for New Mexico of 1910 to oversee the Trust lands. These lands were granted to the Territory of New Mexico by Congress more than 150 years ago to serve as a source of revenue to support our public school system as we became a state. The income was designated to be used for universities, hospitals, correctional facilities and public buildings. The current 9 million surface acres and 13 million subsurface acres which include mineral rights, provide revenue to the Permanent Fund from oil and gas; agriculture; renewable energy operations of wind, solar and biomass; and other economic development activities.
We must protect our lands, ensure their access to the public as well as properly manage how they should be used to produce revenue, it’s vital to have a Commissioner without the extreme environmental views and ties to special interests that my opponent has. We need a Commissioner that has the business background to increase our revenues for our state. I ask for your support and your vote on November 4th. 
—Aubrey Dunn's campaign website, (2014), 
- See also: New Mexico State Senate elections, 2012
Dunn ran in the 2012 election for New Mexico State Senate District 39. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 5, 2012. Incumbent Phil Griego (D) ran against Nicole Castellano and Jack Sullivan in the Democratic primary. He was defeated by incumbent Phil Griego in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.
|New Mexico State Senate, District 39, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Phil Griego Incumbent||55.3%||10,148|
He and his wife, Robin, have three children and a granddaughter.
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- Aubrey Dunn, About Aubrey," accessed February 4, 2014
- Republican Party Lincoln County, "Aubrey Dunn," accessed January 5, 2015
- New Mexico State Land Office, "Past Commissioners," accessed January 5, 2015
- Daily Journal, "Elections officials agree to procedure for recount in New Mexico land commissioner contest," December 9, 2014
- KOB, "Dunn wins Land Commissioner seat after recount finalized," December 16, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Aubrey Dunn for Land Commissioner, "Aubrey Dunn on the Issues," accessed August 6, 2014
- New Mexico Secretary of State, "Official Primary Results," accessed April 15, 2014
- New Mexico Secretary of State, "2012 Primary Candidate List," accessed May 12, 2014(Archived)
- New Mexico State Land Office, "Commissioner Aubrey Dunn," accessed January 5, 2015