Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico

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New Mexico Lieutenant Governor
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2012 FY Budget:  $671,000
Term limits:  2 consecutive terms
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  New Mexico Constitution, Article V, Section I
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

John A. Sanchez.jpg
Name:  John A. Sanchez
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  January 1, 2011
Compensation:  $85,000
Next election:  November 6, 2018
Last election:  November 4, 2014
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The Lieutenant Governor of the State of New Mexico is an elected constitutional officer, the second ranking officer of the Executive branch, and the first officer in line to succeed the Governor of New Mexico. The Lieutenant Governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and is limited to two consecutive terms.[1]

Current officeholder

See also: Current Lieutenant Governors

The 31st and current lieutenant governor is John A. Sanchez, a Republican elected in 2010.[2]


The state Constitution addresses the office of the governor in Article V, the Executive Department.

Under Article V, Section 1:

The executive department shall consist of a governor, lieutenant governor...


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Under Article V, Section 3, a candidate for the lieutenant governorship must be:

  • at least 30 years old
  • a citizen of the United States
  • a resident of New Mexico continuously for five years on the day of the election


New Mexico state government organizational chart
See also: Gubernatorial election cycles by state
See also: Election of lieutenant governors

New Mexico elects lieutenant governors in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not presidential election years. For New Mexico, 2018, 2022, 2026, 2030 and 2034 are all lieutenant gubernatorial election years. Legally, the lieutenant gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the first day in the January following an election.

In the event of a tie vote, the legislature shall convene and case ballots to choose among the two top vote getters.



See also: New Mexico gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2014
Governor and Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSusana Martinez/John A. Sanchez Incumbent 57.2% 293,443
     Democrat Gary King/Debra Haaland 42.8% 219,362
Total Votes 512,805
Election Results via New Mexico Secretary of State.


Details of vacancy appointments are addressed under Article V, Section 7.

The Lieutenant Governor is the first the succeed whenever the governor's chair is vacant or whenever the elected Governor is incapacitated. The same line on succession that applies after the Lieutenant Governor applies when the office of the lieutenant governor is vacant or when the Lieutenant Governor is unable to serve.

First in the line of succession is the Secretary of State, followed by the President Pro Tem of the Senate and then the Speaker of the House of Representatives.


New Mexico

The lieutenant governor serves as the president of the New Mexico Senate, ombudsman for constituent concerns, acting governor when the governor is absent from the state and member of the Executive Cabinet.

Additionally, the lieutenant governor serves on the following boards and commissions:

  • the Border Authority
  • the Community Development Council
  • the Workforce Development Board
  • the Mortgage Finance Authority
  • the Space Commercialization Commission
  • the Military Base Planning Commission
  • the State Board of Finance

She has such other responsibilities and duties as the Governor shall assign.


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State budget

See also: New Mexico state budget and finances

The budget for the Lieutenant Governor's office in Fiscal Year 2012 was $671,000.[3]


See also: Comparison of lieutenant gubernatorial salaries
See also: Compensation of state executive officers

The salaries of state executive officers are established by the New Mexico State Legislature as mandated in the state constitution. Article V, Section 12 of the New Mexico Constitution established initial salaries for constitutional officers with the state legislature able to adjust these salaries starting in 1922, which was 10 years after the state's admission to the United States. This constitutional provision states the following:[4]

Text of Section 12:

Compensation of Executive Officers

The annual compensation to be paid to the officers mentioned in Section One of this article shall be as follows: governor, five thousand dollars [($5,000)]; secretary of state, three thousand dollars [($3,000)]; state auditor, three thousand dollars [($3,000)]; state treasurer, three thousand dollars [($3,000)]; attorney general, four thousand dollars [($4,000)]; superintendent of public instruction, three thousand dollars [$3,000)]; and commissioner of public lands, three thousand dollars [($3,000)]; which compensation shall be paid to the respective officers in equal quarterly payments.

The lieutenant governor shall receive ten dollars [($10.00)] per diem while acting as presiding officer of the senate, and mileage at the same rate as a state senator.

The compensation herein fixed shall be full payment for all services rendered by said officers and they shall receive no other fees or compensation whatsoever.

The compensation of any of said officers may be increased or decreased by law after the expiration of ten years from the date of the admission of New Mexico as a state.[5]


In 2014, the lieutenant governor received a salary of $85,000, according to the Council of State Governments.[6]


In 2013, the lieutenant governor's salary remained at $85,000.[7]


As of 2010, the lieutenant governor is paid $85,000 a year, the 26th highest lieutenant gubernatorial salary in America.

Historical officeholders

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Contact information

State Capitol
Suite 417
Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87501
Toll Free:1-800-432-4406

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