Governor of New Mexico
|New Mexico Governor of New Mexico|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2012 FY Budget:||$3,362,400|
|Term limits:||Two consecutive terms|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||New Mexico Constitution, Article V, Section 4|
|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 officer
- 2 Authority
- 3 Qualifications
- 4 Elections
- 5 Vacancies
- 6 Duties
- 7 Divisions
- 8 State budget
- 9 Compensation
- 10 History
- 11 Historical officeholders
- 12 Recent news
- 13 Contact information
- 14 See also
- 15 External links
- 16 References
As of December 2014, New Mexico is one of 14 states that is under divided government and is therefore not one of the state government trifectas.
Under Article V, Section 4:
The supreme executive power of the state shall be vested in the governor...
|2014 • 2013 • 2012 • 2011 • 2010|
|Current Lt. Governors|
|Lt. Governor Elections|
|2014 • 2013 • 2012 • 2011 • 2010|
Under Article V, Section 3, a candidate for the governorship must be:
- at least 30 years old
- a citizen of the United States
- a resident of New Mexico continuously for five years on the day of the election
New Mexico elects governors 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 gubernatorial election years. Legally, the gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the first day in the January following an election.
In the event of a tie vote, the legislature shall convene and case ballots to choose among the two top vote getters.
|Governor and Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico, 2014|
|Republican||Susana Martinez/John A. Sanchez Incumbent||57.2%||293,443|
|Democrat||Gary King/Debra Haaland||42.8%||219,362|
|Election Results via New Mexico Secretary of State.|
- See also: States with gubernatorial term limits
New Mexico governors are restricted to two consecutive terms in office, after which they must wait one term before being eligible to run again.
|[The Governor] shall, after having served two terms in a state office, be ineligible to hold that state office until one full term has intervened.|
- See also: How gubernatorial vacancies are filled
Details of vacancy appointments are addressed under Article V, Section 7.
If a Governor-elect dies, the Lieutenant Governor-elect shall take office as the Governor. However, if a Governor-elect fails to qualify, or, for some reason, no one has been elected by Inauguration Day, the Lieutenant Governor-elect shall take office as Acting Governor only until a Governor does qualify.
The Constitution also allows the legislature to set the procedure for a special election if a Governor-elect cannot qualify.
Any temporary or permanent vacancy during a term is filed by the Lieutenant Governor, who has the full powers, duties, and emoluments of the Governor. If the Lieutenant Governor's office is also vacant, the line of succession is the Secretary of State, the President Pro Tem of the Senate, and then the Speaker of the House.
As governor he/she has the duty to see see that the New Mexico Constitution and the laws of the state are faithfully executed. The governor has the power to appoint and supervise the directors of each executive department. The governor has the responsibility to carry out the duties of commander-in-chief of the militia forces of the state. (§ 4)
Other duties and privileges of the office include:
- Nominating and, with Senate consent, appointing all offices not otherwise provided for by law, including appointing vacancies in all offices except members of the legislature and the Lieutenant Governor (§ 5)
- Removing any appointees for any reason, unless specifically precluded by law (§ 5)
- Granting pardons and reprieves, except in cases of treason and impeachment (§ 6)
- Taking an annual report, given under oath, from the head of each executive department, concerning the spending of public money. If that report is the only made made in a year, it must be given no later than 30 days prior to start of the legislature's regular session (§ 9)
- Issuing and signing all commissions granted in the name of the state of New Mexico
- Submitting all cabinet heads and cabinet levels appointees for confirmation or reconfirmation by the Senate at the beginning of each gubernatorial term (§ 15)
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Role in state budget
- See also: New Mexico state budget
- Budget instruction guidelines are sent to state agencies in July.
- State agencies submit their budget requests in September.
- Agency hearings are held in September and December.
- The governor submits his or her budget proposal to the New Mexico State Legislature on the first day of the legislative session.
- The legislature adopts a budget in February or March. A simple majority is required to pass a budget.
The governor is constitutionally required to submit a balanced budget. In turn, the legislature is also constitutionally required to pass a balanced budget.
Governor's office budget
The budget for the Governor's office in Fiscal Year 2012 was $3,362,400.
The governor's salary is legally fixed and may not be raised or decreased effective during the current term. The Governor may receive no other compensation aside from the salary.
In 2013, the governor's salary remained at $110,000.
In 2010, the Governor of New Mexico was paid $110,000 a year, the 34th highest gubernatorial salary in America.
Partisan balance 1992-2013
From 1992-2013, in New Mexico there were Democratic governors in office for 11 years while there were Republican governors in office for 11 years, including the last three.
Across the country, there were 493 years of Democratic governors (44.82%) and 586 years of Republican governors (53.27%) from 1992-2013.
Over the course of the 22-year study, state governments became increasingly more partisan. At the outset of the study period (1992), 18 of the 49 states with partisan legislatures had single-party trifectas and 31 states had divided governments. In 2013, only 13 states had divided governments, while single-party trifectas held sway in 36 states, the most in the 22 years studied.
SQLI and partisanship
The chart below depicts the partisanship of the New Mexico state government and the state's SQLI ranking for the years studied. For the SQLI, the states were ranked from 1-50, with 1 being the best and 50 the worst. New Mexico experienced two Democratic trifectas during the years of the study, from 1992-1994 and from 2003-2010. The state finished in the bottom-10 during every year of the study. Its worst ranking, finishing 50th, occurred from 1999-2000, during a divided government. Its best ranking, finishing 41st, occurred in 2008, during a Democratic trifecta.
There have been 31 Governors of New Mexico since 1912. Of the 31 officeholders, 12 were Republican and 19 were Democrat.
|List of Former Officeholders from 1912-Present|
|1||William Calhoun McDonald||1912 - 1917||Democratic|
|2||Ezequiel Cabeza De Baca||1917 - 1917||Democratic|
|3||Washington Ellsworth Lindsey||1917 - 1919||Republican|
|4||Octaviano Ambrosio Larrazolo||1919 - 1921||Republican|
|5||Merritt Cramer Mechem||1921 - 1923||Republican|
|6||James Fielding Hinkle||1923 - 1925||Democratic|
|7||Arthur Thomas Hannett||1925 - 1927||Democratic|
|8||Richard Charles Dillon||1927 - 1931||Republican|
|9||Arthur Seligman||1931 - 1933||Democratic|
|10||Andrew W. Hockenhull||1933 - 1935||Democratic|
|11||Clyde Tingley||1935 - 1939||Democratic|
|12||John Esten Miles||1939 - 1943||Democratic|
|13||John Joseph Dempsey||1943 - 1947||Democratic|
|14||Thomas Jewett Mabry||1947 - 1951||Democratic|
|15||Edwin Leard Mechem||1951 - 1955||Republican|
|16||John Field Simms||1955 - 1957||Democratic|
|17||Edwin Leard Mechem||1957 - 1959||Republican|
|18||John Burroughs||1959 - 1961||Democratic|
|19||Edwin Leard Mechem||1961 - 1962||Republican|
|20||Thomas Felix Bolack||1962 - 1963||Republican|
|21||Jack M. Campbell||1963 - 1967||Democratic|
|22||David Francis Cargo||1967 - 1971||Republican|
|23||Bruce King||1971 - 1975||Democratic|
|24||Jerry Apodaca||1975 - 1979||Democratic|
|25||Bruce King||1979 - 1983||Democratic|
|26||Toney Anaya||1983 - 1987||Democratic|
|27||Garrey E. Carruthers||1987 - 1991||Republican|
|28||Bruce King||1991 - 1995||Democratic|
|29||Gary E. Johnson||1995 - 2003||Republican|
|30||Bill Richardson||2003 - 2011||Democratic|
|31||Susana Martinez||2011 -||Republican|
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Office of the Governor
490 Old Santa Fe Trail
Santa Fe, NM 87501
- Office of the Governor of New Mexico, " Governor Susana Martinez," accessed August 7, 2013
- National Conference of State Legislatures "State Experiences with Annual and Biennial Budgeting," updated April 2011
- National Association of State Budget Officers "Budget Processes in the States, Summer 2008," accessed February 21, 2014
- Scribd, "State of New Mexico Executive Budget Recommendation Fiscal Year 2014," accessed June 12, 2013
- Council of State Governments, "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," accessed December 3, 2014
- Council of State Governments, "CSG Releases 2013 Governor Salaries," June 25, 2013
- National Governors Association, "New Mexico: Past Governors Bios," accessed August 5, 2013
State of New Mexico
Santa Fe (capital)
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