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Clemente Sanchez

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Clemente Sanchez
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New Mexico State Senate District 30
In office
Term ends
December 31, 2016
Years in position 2
Base salary$0/year
Per diem$159/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolLaguna Acoma Junior- Senior High School
Bachelor'sEastern New Mexico University
Master'sNew Mexico Highlands University, M.B.A.
Date of birthJune 24, 1958
ProfessionDirector of the NMSU Grants Campus, Small Business Development Center
Office website
Campaign website
Clemente Sanchez (b. June 24, 1958) is a Democratic member of the New Mexico State Senate, representing District 30. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.


Sanchez earned a B.B.A. in Accounting from Eastern New Mexico University in 1981 and a M.B.A. in Finance and Accounting from New Mexico Highlands University in 1982. His professional experience includes working as Director of New Mexico State University's Grants Campus from 1991 to the present.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Sanchez served on the following committees:

New Mexico Committee Assignments, 2015
Corporations and Transportation, Vice-chair


In the 2013-2014 legislative session, Sanchez served on the following committees:


Minimum wage

In February 2014, Sanchez came out against a resolution to raise New Mexico’s minimum wage through a constitutional amendment, which prompted strong opposition against his stance. “It comes with the territory,” Sanchez said in an interview. The resolution would raise the minimum wage to roughly $8.50 an hour alongside cost-of-living adjustments. Sanchez’s opposition could prove the deciding vote against the resolution in New Mexico Senate Rules Committee, which is composed of 6 Democrats and 4 Republicans. If Sanchez votes no, it would result in a tie vote, defeating the resolution. “It should be hard to change the constitution,” Sanchez said. “I just don’t think raising the minimum wage by constitutional amendment is where it belongs. That should be done in statute.”[2]



See also: New Mexico State Senate elections, 2012

Sanchez ran in the 2012 election for New Mexico State Senate District 30. He defeated Randolph Marshall Collins, Maxine R. Velasquez and incumbent David Ulibarri in the Democratic primary on June 5, 2012. He defeated Vickie Perea in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4][5]

New Mexico State Senate, District 30, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngClemente Sanchez 53% 8,844
     Republican Vickie Perea 47% 7,833
Total Votes 16,677
New Mexico State Senate, District 30 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngClemente Sanchez 31.1% 1,235
Maxine R. Velasquez 30.9% 1,226
David Ulibarri Incumbent 22.4% 889
Randolph Marshall Collins 15.7% 624
Total Votes 3,974

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Sanchez is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Sanchez raised a total of $63,153 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 23, 2013.[6]

Clemente Sanchez's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 New Mexico State Senate, District 30 Won $49,962
2008 New Mexico State Senate, District 30 Won $13,191
Grand Total Raised $63,153


Sanchez won election to the New Mexico State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Sanchez raised a total of $49,962.
New Mexico State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Clemente Sanchez's campaign in 2012
Sanchez, Clemente$5,053
Silver Lining Services$4,600
Our New Mexico PAC$2,500
Pueblo of Pojoaque$2,500
Michael Sanchez-Majority Leader Fund$2,000
Total Raised in 2012$49,962
Source: Follow the Money


Sanchez lost the election for the New Mexico State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Sanchez raised a total of $13,191.


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In 2013, the 51st New Mexico State Legislature, first session, was in session from January 15 to March 16.[7] In 2014, the 51st New Mexico State Legislature, second session, was in session from January 21 through February 20.[7]

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Sanchez and his wife Georgia have two children and four grandchildren.

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Political offices
Preceded by
David Ulibarri (D)
New Mexico State Senate District 30
Succeeded by