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Jason Harper
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New Mexico House of Representatives District 57
In office
Term ends
  December 31, 2016
Years in position 2
Base salary$0/year
Per diem$159/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sNew Mexico Tech, B.S.
Master'sPurdue University, M.S.
Ph.D.University of New Mexico (Chemical engineering)
Place of birthRio Rancho, NM
ProfessionChemical engineer, Sandia National Laboratories
Office website
Campaign website
Jason C. Harper is a Republican member of the New Mexico House of Representatives, representing District 57. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.


Harper earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from New Mexico Tech, a Master's in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University, and a Ph.D in Chemical Engineering from the University of New Mexico. His professional experience includes work as a Chemical engineer at Sandia National Laboratories.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

New Mexico Committee Assignments, 2015
Transportation and Public Works
Ways and Means, Chair


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


Campaign themes


Harper's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[2]

Fair Tax Policy

  • Excerpt: "Taxes must be low, simple, predictable and fair—no rewarding special interests! Our tax laws should promote business growth and create wealth, not redistribute it."

Supporting New Mexico’s Industries

  • Excerpt: "High taxes and frivolous regulations are strangling business in New Mexico. When businesses in New Mexico thrive, we all win. Jobs are created, incomes rise, and quality-of-life increases. I support policies that ensure New Mexico is business-friendly, and I will work to make New Mexico taxes more competitive with neighboring states."

Our Safety

  • Excerpt: "DWI Laws: I will fight to significantly toughen penalties for DWI offenders and keep drunk drivers off our roads."

Local Control for Quality Education

  • Excerpt: "I support putting greater control over schools into the hands of parents and local communities, who know the individual needs of our children. I also support rewarding effective teachers and holding ineffective teachers accountable."

Protecting the Family

  • Excerpt: "The definition of marriage between one man and one woman."
  • Excerpt: "Protecting children’s lives, beginning from conception (pro-life)."



See also: New Mexico House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of New Mexico House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014, and a general election took place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 4, 2014. Donna I. Tillman was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Jason Harper was unopposed in the Republican primary. Harper defeated Tillman in the general election.[3][4]

New Mexico House of Representatives, District 57 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJason Harper Incumbent 59.5% 3,517
     Democratic Donna Tillman 40.5% 2,391
Total Votes 5,908


See also: New Mexico House of Representatives elections, 2012

Harper ran in the 2012 election for New Mexico House of Representatives District 57. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 5, 2012. Incumbent Dennis Kintigh (R) ran for re-election to District 66. Harper defeated Donna I. Tillman in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

New Mexico House of Representatives, District 57, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJason Carl Harper 53.2% 4,606
     Democratic Donna I. Tillman 46.8% 4,058
Total Votes 8,664

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Harper is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Harper raised a total of $35,764 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 28, 2013.[7]

Jason Harper's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 New Mexico State House, District 57 Won $35,764
Grand Total Raised $35,764


Harper won election to the New Mexico State House in 2012. During that election cycle, Harper raised a total of $35,764.


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In 2013, the 51st New Mexico State Legislature, first session, was in session from January 15 to March 16.[8] In 2014, the 51st New Mexico State Legislature, second session, was in session from January 21 through February 20.[8]

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Harper and his wife, Mary, have four children.[9]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Dennis Kintigh (R)
New Mexico House of Representatives - District 57
Succeeded by