Neal L. Hooks

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Neal Hooks
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Former candidate for
New Mexico House of Representatives District 33
High schoolSunnyslope High School
Bachelor'sArizona State
Master'sEmbry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
Years of service24
Campaign website

Neal L. Hooks was a 2014 Republican candidate for District 33 of the New Mexico House of Representatives.

He was a 2012 candidate for District 38 of the New Mexico State Senate.


Hooks' served in the Air Force for 24 years as a Weapon Systems Officer and Pilot[1]


Campaign themes


Hooks' campaign website highlighted the following issues:[2]


  • Excerpt: "Jobs are created when the government gets out of the way to allow people the opportunity to be as great as they can be. This includes getting rid of over-burdensome regulations and stifling taxes. This leads to an increase of capital available for the job creators to innovate, expand, and thus, create jobs."

Taxes and Spending

  • Excerpt: "I believe the government has a spending problem, not a revenue problem. Therefore, I am never in favor of raising taxes. Because when taxes are raised the additional revenue is never used for deficit reduction. Also, taxes take money away from the private sector, which is the true source of jobs, wealth creation and economic expansion."

Shrinking Government

  • Excerpt: "Government is simply too big today. Our constitution was written with the intent that government must remain limited in order to keep it from infringing on our rights, freedoms and opportunities. The best way to keep government small and limited is to give it less money through lower taxes. Additionally, we must elect conservative candidates who understand the importance of limited government."


  • Excerpt: "The real solution is choice. Parents have more choice for private schools through vouchers. Additionally, when parents can send their children to any public school, regardless of what district they live in, this gives them choice as well."


  • Excerpt: " Lastly, while I am in favor of all types of energy, the most practical and effective energy source we have today is fossil fuels. However, today environmental extremism is posing a threat to this critical source of energy, and I would work to prevent our oil fields from being closed."



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. Incumbent Bill McCamley was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Neal L. Hooks was unopposed in the Republican primary. McCamley defeated Hooks in the general election.[3][4]

New Mexico House of Representatives, District 33 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBill McCamley Incumbent 57.5% 3,585
     Republican Neal Hooks 42.5% 2,646
Total Votes 6,231


See also: New Mexico State Senate elections, 2012

Hooks ran in the 2012 election for New Mexico State Senate District 38. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 5, 2012. He was defeated by incumbent Mary Kay Papen (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

New Mexico State Senate, District 38, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMary Papen Incumbent 66.4% 9,464
     Republican Neal L. Hooks 33.6% 4,783
Total Votes 14,247


Hooks is married with children.[7]

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