Attorney General of New Mexico
|New Mexico Attorney General|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2012 FY Budget:||$25,457,600|
|Term limits:||2 terms|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||New Mexico Constitution, Article V, Section I|
|Next election:||November 6, 2018|
|Last election:||November 4, 2014|
|Other New Mexico Executive Offices|
|Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General • Treasurer • Auditor • Commissioner of Public Lands • Secretary of Education • Agriculture Secretary • Insurance Superintendent • Secretary of Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources • Secretary of Workforce Solutions • Public Regulation Commission • Public Education Commission|
- 1 Current officeholder
- 2 Authority
- 3 Qualifications
- 4 Campaign finance
- 5 Elections
- 6 Vacancies
- 7 Duties
- 8 Divisions
- 9 State budget
- 10 Compensation
- 11 Historical officeholders
- 12 Recent news
- 13 Contact information
- 14 See also
- 15 External links
- 16 References
In New Mexico, the state attorney general is fifth in succession to the office of governor, after the lieutenant governor, secretary of state, President pro tempore of the New Mexico Senate and the Speaker of New Mexico House of Representatives.
The attorney general functions as the state's chief legal officer, legal counsel to state government, consumer advocate and guardian of the public interest.
Under Article V, Section 1:
The executive department shall consist of a governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state auditor, state treasurer, attorney general and commissioner of public lands,...
Here is a list of the standard qualifications necessary under New Mexico State Law in order to be considered for the Office of State Attorney General:
- No person shall be eligible to any office specified in Section One, hereof, unless he be:
- a citizen of the United States
- at least thirty years of age
- nor unless he shall have resided continuously in New Mexico for five years next preceding his election
- Nor to the office of attorney general, unless he be:
The Attorney General of New Mexico is responsible for all investigations and prosecutions of campaign finance laws in the state regardless if it involves civil or criminal laws. If someone feels a person or committee violated state campaign finance law, the first step is to file with the Attorney General.
New Mexico elects attorneys general 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 attorney general election years.
|Attorney General of New Mexico, 2014|
|Election Results via New Mexico Secretary of State.|
|2010 Race for Attorney General - General Election|
|Democratic Party||Gary King||53.7%|
|Republican Party||Matthew Chandler||46.3%|
|2006 Race for Attorney General - General Election|
|Democratic Party||Gary King||56.8%|
|Republican Party||Jim Bibb||43.2%|
The attorney general functions as the state's chief legal officer, legal counsel to state government, consumer advocate and guardian of the public interest. The attorney general also serves as head of the state's Department of Justice.
- The Civil Division provides legal advice and representation to state agencies, boards and commissions and researches and drafts Attorney General opinions and advisory letters. The Civil Division conducts Sunshine Law seminars to teach state and local bodies their duties under the law and to provide the public with an understanding of what they should expect from their government.
- The Consumer Protection Division enforces consumer protection laws to prevent and deter unfair, deceptive, anti-competitive and unlawful practices that injure consumers and businesses.
- The Criminal Appeals Division represents and advocates for victims and the People of New Mexico in all criminal appeals and habeas corpus proceedings in state and federal courts.
- The Investigations Division is composed of investigators in three separate specialty area: government accountability, Internet crimes against children, and special investigations.
- The Litigation Division represents the State of New Mexico in three primary areas: general litigation, administrative prosecutions, and representation of judges and state officials on civil writs. This Division also enforces the Master Settlement Agreement of the Tobacco Settlement.
- The Medicaid Fraud and Elder Abuse Division is a criminal law enforcement unit that enforces the Medicaid Fraud Act and the Resident Abuse and Neglect Act, investigates and prosecutes Medicaid providers who commit fraud and/or resident abuse, neglect and exploitation in long-term care facilities, and pursues civil monetary repayment of Medicaid program funds when a Medicaid provider does not provide adequate services to recipients.
- The Prosecutions Division investigates and prosecutes crimes throughout the state of New Mexico. Most of the criminal cases handled by the Division are referred by the local District Attorney, based on a conflict of interest or because the District Attorney seeks assistance from the Attorney General in some specialized area.
- The Water, Environment and Utilities Division strives to protect, preserve, and enhance New Mexico’s fragile environment, water, and natural resources through litigation and cooperative efforts with stakeholders. In addition, staff members represent the interests of New Mexico’s residential and small business consumers in matters of gas, electronic and telecommunication regulation.
- The Administrative Services Division and the Information Technology Division are responsible for the entire agency running in the most efficient, effective, and secure manner.
- The Government Accountability Unit's mission is to evaluate, investigate and prosecute cases of public corruption.
- Border Violence Division was formed to develop and maintain liaison on mutual law enforcement matters between Mexico and New Mexico and to coordinate between prosecutors and law enforcement agencies in New Mexico with similar entities in the Republic of Mexico.
- Immigrant Services Unit addresses issues such as immigrant-targeted consumer problems and other civil matters particularly when the immigrant is a target for abuse.
- Violence Against Women Division is designed to provide training, mentorship and to set standards for the professional response to sexual assault, stalking, and domestic violence.
- See also: New Mexico state budget and finances
The budget for the Attorney General's office in Fiscal Year 2012 was $25,457,600.
- 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:
| 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.
In 2013, the attorney general's salary remained at $95,000.
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P.O. Drawer 1508
Santa Fe, NM 87504-1508
408 Galisteo Street
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
Phone: (505) 827-6000
Fax: (505) 827-5826
- Albuquerque Business First, "Balderas, Keller, Eichenberg sworn in at Santa Fe ceremony," January 5, 2015
- "New Mexico Secretary of State" New Mexico Campaign Reporting Act(Referenced Statute 1-19-34.6 (A)-(B), New Mexico Code)
- "New Mexico Secretary of State" New Mexico Campaign Reporting Act(Referenced Statute 1-19-36 (B), New Mexico Code)
- New Mexico Secretary of State - 2010 General Election Results (timed out)
- Secretary of State - Official 2006 General Election Results (dead link)
- Scribd, "State of New Mexico Executive Budget Recommendation Fiscal Year 2014," accessed June 12, 2013
- New Mexico Compilation Commission, "8-1-1 Compensation of elective state officers," accessed February 25, 2015
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- Council of State Governments, "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," accessed December 3, 2014
- Council of State Governments, Table 4.11 Selected State Administrative Officials: Annual Salaries," accessed January 31, 2014
- The Council of State Governments, "The Book of States 2010 Table 4.11," accessed June 22, 2011
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