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Barbara J. Vigil

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Barbara J. Vigil
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Court Information:
New Mexico Supreme Court
Title:   Justice
Salary:  $125,000
Active:   2012-2020
Preceded by:   Paul J. Kennedy
Past position:   Chief judge, New Mexico First Judicial District Court
Previous chief:   2000-2012
Past term:   2000-2012
Past position 2:   Attorney in private practice
Personal History
Party:   Democratic
Undergraduate:   New Mexico State University
Law School:   University of New Mexico
Candidate 2012:
Candidate for:  Supreme Court
State:  New Mexico
Election information 2012:
Incumbent:  No
Election date:  11/6/2012
Election vote:  54.81%ApprovedA

Barbara J. Vigil is a justice on the New Mexico Supreme Court. She was elected to the court on November 6, 2012, and took office in December 2012.[1][2]


Vigil received her undergraduate degree from New Mexico State University, and her J.D. from the University of New Mexico.[3]


Prior to joining the district court, Vigil worked in private practice and as assistant attorney general.[3]



Vigil received 54.81 percent of the vote, winning an open seat on the New Mexico Supreme Court and defeating opponent Paul J. Kennedy who received 45.19 percent of the vote.[1]

This seat was formerly held by Patricio Serna; after Serna's retirement in August, Paul J. Kennedy was appointed to fill the seat until the general election. Kennedy was running to retain the seat after his appointment, so he and Vigil competed in the November election. Vigil had the perceived edge in the race, as she was a Democrat and a Republican has not been elected to New Mexico's high court since 1980.[4]

See also: New Mexico judicial elections, 2012

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