Cliff R. Pirtle

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Cliff R. Pirtle
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New Mexico State Senate District 32
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 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Campaign website
Cliff R. Pirtle is a Republican member of the New Mexico State Senate, representing District 32. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.


Pirtle's professional experience includes working as a farmer from the Pecos Valley. Pirtle has been managing his farm full-time since 2004. He is a member of the NRA and Safari Club International.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

New Mexico Committee Assignments, 2015
Indian and Cultural Affairs, Ranking Member


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


Campaign themes


Pirtle highlighted the following as important issues in his campaign: jobs and gun/hunting rights.[2]

In an email submission to Ballotpedia, Pirtle described his political philosophy as follows:
"I am a principle based person and I believe that individual freedom and liberty are the most important things in politics. I will push to repeal bills and laws that have taken away very basic freedoms and push for legislation that ensures freedom for future generations.[3]



See also: New Mexico State Senate elections, 2012

Pirtle ran in the 2012 election for New Mexico State Senate District 32. He defeated Chad A. Hammill in the Republican primary on June 5, 2012. Incumbent Timothy Z. Jennings (D) ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. He defeated Timothy Jennings in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

New Mexico State Senate, District 32, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCliff R. Pirtle 52.3% 5,930
     Democratic Timothy Jennings 47.7% 5,418
Total Votes 11,348
New Mexico State Senate, District 32 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCliff R. Pirtle 50.2% 1,018
Chad A. Hammill 49.8% 1,009
Total Votes 2,027

Ballot access lawsuit

Pirtle filed a lawsuit with the New Mexico Fifth Judicial District Court in Chaves County, alleging his opponent, Timothy Z. Jennings, did not meet state petition requirements that say each petition must have the district number of the office they are seeking written on them. Jennings could have been taken off the ballot if his petitions were found to be in violation of the law. The ruling was in favor of Jennings and said there was no evidence of fraud.[6]


Pirtle was defeated by Steve Pearce in the June 1, 2010, Republican primary for the 2nd congressional District seat in the United States House of Representatives from New Mexico.[7]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Pirtle is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Pirtle raised a total of $79,214 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 23, 2013.[8]

Cliff R. Pirtle's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 New Mexico State Senate, District 32 Won $79,214
Grand Total Raised $79,214


Pirtle won election to the New Mexico State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Pirtle raised a total of $72,914.


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In 2013, the 51st New Mexico State Legislature, first session, was in session from January 15 to March 16.[9] In 2014, the 51st New Mexico State Legislature, second session, was in session from January 21 through February 20.[9]

  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills relating to the state’s wildlife and domesticated animals.
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Pirtle is married to Aysia and has a son, Ezekiel.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Timothy Z. Jennings (D)
New Mexico State Senate District 32
Succeeded by