Paul Pacheco

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Paul Pacheco
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New Mexico House of Representatives District 23
In office
Term ends
December 31, 2014
Years in position 1
Base salary$0/year
Per diem$159/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolValley High School
Place of birthAlbuquerque, NM
ProfessionLaw enforcement officer
Office website
Campaign website
Paul A. Pacheco is a Republican member of the New Mexico House of Representatives, representing District 23. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Pacheco served on the following committees:

New Mexico Committee Assignments, 2013
Enrolling and Engrossing - A
Labor and Human Resources


Campaign themes


Pacheco's campaign website highlights the following issues:[1]

Jobs & Taxes

  • Excerpt: "Small businesses are the engine that drives our state economy. I believe that excessive taxes and burdensome regulations kill small business, while hindering new businesses from opening. As your state representative, I have worked hard to reduce the tax burden that has been placed on them, encouraging small business owners to hire more employees and grow."

Driver’s Licenses & Undocumented Immigrants

  • Excerpt: "As a matter of public safety, I support legislation to repeal the state law that allows undocumented immigrants to obtain a New Mexico driver’s license. In fact, during my first term in the state Legislature, I have led the fight to end this dangerous policy, and when re-elected, I will continue this fight."

Crime & Public Safety

  • Excerpt: "As a veteran Albuquerque Police Officer, I spent 27 years upholding the law, arresting violent criminals, removing drunk drivers from our streets and protecting the weak from violent offenders. As your state representative, I will continue to make public safety a top priority, making our state a safe place to live and raise our children."

Concealed Carry of Firearms

  • Excerpt: "I am a strong supporter of the concealed carry law in the state of New Mexico. I will work hard to strengthen law abiding citizens’ right to defend themselves, their families and their homes from criminals. I favor Arizona’s Castle Doctrine in the area which provides a no duty to retreat provision before using force to prevent certain serious offenses, including aggravated assault."


  • Excerpt: "I’m a strong supporter of education. Our children are the cornerstone of our state’s future and it’s critical we ensure education in New Mexico is competitive with surrounding states. I believe in local control of our children’s education and have worked to take control of our children’s future out of the hands of Santa Fe bureaucrats and returning it to the classroom."



See also: New Mexico House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of New Mexico House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place June 3, 2014, and a general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 4, 2014. Incumbent Paul Pacheco was unopposed in the Republican primary, while Catherine Begaye was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Pacheco and Begaye will face off in the general election.[2][3]


See also: New Mexico House of Representatives elections, 2012

Pacheco won election in the 2012 election for New Mexico House of Representatives District 23. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 5, 2012. Incumbent David Doyle (R) did not run for re-election. Pacheco defeated Marci Blaze (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

New Mexico House of Representatives, District 23, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Pacheco 50.3% 6,922
     Democratic Marci Blaze 49.7% 6,844
Total Votes 13,766


See also: New Mexico House of Representatives elections, 2010

Pacheco was defeated in the June 1 primary by David Doyle.[6]

New Mexico House of Representatives Republican Primary, District 23 (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png David Doyle 1,336
Paul Pacheco 1,009
Thomas Molitor 333

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Pacheco is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Pacheco raised a total of $107,566 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 24, 2013.[7]

Paul Pacheco's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 New Mexico State House, District 23 Won $88,332
2010 New Mexico State House, District 23 Defeated $19,234
Grand Total Raised $107,566


Pacheco won election to the New Mexico State House in 2012. During that election cycle, Pacheco raised a total of $88,332.
New Mexico State House 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Paul Pacheco's campaign in 2012
Susana PAC$5,000
House Republican Leadership Committee$4,400
Farmers Insurance Group$2,500
Murphy, Mark B.$2,300
Taylor, Tom$2,300
Total Raised in 2012$88,332
Source:Follow the Money


Pacheco lost the election for the New Mexico State House in 2010. During that election cycle, Pacheco raised a total of $19,234.


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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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In 2014, Pacheco's endorsements include the following:[9]

  • Councilman John Alsobrook, Village of Corrales
  • Councilman Jim Fahey, Village of Corrales
  • Mayor Scott Kominiak, Village of Corrales
  • Phil Gasteyer, former Mayor of Corrales
  • Animal Protection Voters

  • Albuquerque Firefighters, IAFF Local 244
  • The Fraternal Order of Police
  • Rio Rancho Mayor Gregg Hull
  • Association of Commerce and Industry Endorsement


Pacheco and his wife Tami have three children.[10]

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Political offices
Preceded by
David Doyle (R)
New Mexico House of Representatives - District 23
Succeeded by