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Richard Bosson
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Court Information:
New Mexico Supreme Court
Title:   Justice
Salary:  $125,000
Active:   2002-2020
Past position:   Judge, New Mexico Court of Appeals
Past term:   1994-2002
Past position 2:   Attorney in private practice
Past term 2:   1981-1994
Personal History
Party:   Democratic
Undergraduate:   Wesleyan University, 1966
Law School:   Georgetown University Law Center, 1969
Grad. School:   Virginia School of Law (LL.M.)
Candidate 2012:
Candidate for:  New Mexico Supreme Court
State:  New Mexico
Election information 2012:
Incumbent:  Yes
Primary date:  June 5, 2012
Election date:  November 6, 2012
Election vote:  75.31%ApprovedA

Richard Bosson is a justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court. Bosson was elected to the court on November 5, 2002. His current term ends December 31, 2020.[1]


Bosson received his undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University in 1966 and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1969. He also has a Master of Laws in Judicial Process from the Virginia School of Law.[2]


  • 2002-2020: Justice, New Mexico Supreme Court
  • 1994-2002: Judge, New Mexico Court of Appeals
  • 1981-1994: Attorney in private practice
  • 1976-1981: New Mexico Attorney General's Office, Consumer Protection Division
  • 1975-1976: Teaching Fellowship at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogota
  • 1969-1973: Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund[3]

Awards and associations

  • 1994-1995: Member, New Mexico Constitution Revision Commission
  • 1970-1974: Legal Aid Society, Albuquerque
  • Founding Member, Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Albuquerque
  • Board of Trustees, New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association[3]



Bosson was retained with 75.31% of the vote in the general election on November 6th.[4][5]

See also: New Mexico judicial elections, 2012


Bosson was retained by voters in 2004 with 76% of the vote.[6]

Political ideology

See also: Political ideology of State Supreme Court Justices

In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of state supreme court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Bosson received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of -1.03, indicating a liberal ideological leaning. This is less liberal than the average CF score of -1.18 that justices received in New Mexico. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.[7]

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