Mary Jane Garcia

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Mary Jane Garcia
New Mexico Senate District 36
Former member
In office
1989 - 2013
Base salary$0/year
Per diem$159/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 8, 1988
Term limitsN/A
Associate'sCity College of San Francisco
Bachelor'sNew Mexico State University
Master'sNew Mexico State University
BirthdayDecember 24, 1936
ProfessionBusiness Partner
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Mary Jane Garcia (b. December 24, 1936) is a former Democratic member of the New Mexico Senate, representing the 36th District from 1989 to 2013. Garcia was a candidate for the United States House of Representatives in 1998 but was not elected. She served as Senate Majority Whip from 1996 to 2012.

Garcia was an Interpreter/Translator for Hotel Balboa in Madrid, Spain, and Torrejon Air Force Base in 1965. She then worked as Administrative Assistant for Raymond International, Morrison Knudson, Brown and Root, and JA Jones Construction in Saigon from 1966 to 1972. She was General Partner for Billy the Kid Gift Shop in Mesilla, New Mexico, from 1972 to 1980. She has been General Partner for Victoria's Nightclub in Las Cruces, New Mexico, since 1980.

Garcia earned her AA from the City College of San Francisco in 1957. She went on to earned her BIS from New Mexico State University in 1981. She then received her B.A. and M.A. in Anthropology from New Mexico State University in 1983 and 1985, respectively.

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Garcia served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Garcia served on these committees:



See also: New Mexico State Senate elections, 2012

Garcia ran for re-election in 2012. She defeated Oscar Vasquez Butler in the June 5, 2012 Democratic primary and was defeated by Lee S. Cotter in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[1][2]

New Mexico State Senate, District 36, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLee S. Cotter 53.9% 9,146
     Democratic Mary Jane Garcia 46.1% 7,826
Total Votes 16,972
New Mexico State Senate, District 36 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMary Jane Garcia Incumbent 58% 1,355
Oscar Vasquez Butler 42% 982
Total Votes 2,337


On November 4, 2008, Garcia was re-elected to the 36th District Seat in the New Mexico Senate, besting Lee Cotter (R).[3] Garcia raised $95,106 for his campaign, while Cotter raised $48,022.[4]

New Mexico Senate, District 36 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Mary Jane Garcia (D) 9,411
Lee Cotter (R) 7,736

Campaign donors


Listed below are the five largest contributors to Mary Jane Garcia's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association $4,750
Michael S. Sanchez $3,500
American Federation of State County & Municipal Employees $2,500
New Mexico Education Association $2,000
Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 412 $1,500


Campaign finance fine

Garcia was fined $1,200 in October 2012 by the Secretary of State for 12 instances of improper cash expenditures since 2010.[5]


Garcia is single.

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Preceded by
New Mexico State Senate District 36
Succeeded by
Lee Cotter (R)