|Attorney General of New Mexico|
|2015 - Present|
|Years in position||0|
|Predecessor||Gary King (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|First elected||November 4, 2014|
|Term limits||Two consecutive terms|
|New Mexico State Auditor|
|Bachelor's||New Mexico Highlands University|
|J.D.||New Mexico University Law School|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Political career
- 3 Elections
- 4 Campaign donors
- 5 Personal
- 6 Recent news
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
- 9 References
In a Huffington Post article published November 17, 2014, Balderas was identified as one of seven Democratic state executive officials who could gain national prominence. He was identified in the article as a potential gubernatorial candidate in 2018.
Balderas grew up in Wagon Mound, New Mexico, a small village with roughly 310 residents. His father is a foreign-born immigrant from Mexico and his mother is a native of Wagon Mound. Raised in public housing, Balderas graduated from New Mexico Highlands University. He went on to earn his law degree from the University of New Mexico, becoming the first person in the history of his village to become an attorney.
Upon graduating from law school, Balderas began work as an assistant district attorney in Albuquerque. In December 2003, he moved his family back to Wagon Mound and was elected to the New Mexico House of Representatives. Before he completed his first term in the state legislature, Balderas won election as auditor.
- B.A., New Mexico Highlands University
- J.D., University of New Mexico (2001)
New Mexico Attorney General (2015 - Present)
New Mexico State Auditor (2006 - 2014)
Uncovers fake NMFA audit
On July 12, 2012, Balderas announced that his office had uncovered that the 2011 FY independent audit of the New Mexico Finance Authority had been faked. A few months earlier NMFA had been designated by the State Auditor's office as "at risk" for fraud for failing to submit the audit. When the matter was looked into they discovered the fake report, which had apparently been provided to credit agencies and lenders but not to the State Auditor.
Balderas stated, "I am moving aggressively to determine the full extent of this fraud perpetrated against New Mexico's taxpayers. I'm extremely concerned that a report was fraudulently created in order to misrepresent the Authority's financial condition to agencies, investors and the public."
New Mexico House of Representatives (2005 - 2006)
As a member of the New Mexico House of Representatives, Balderas helped pass legislation to strengthen penalties for sexual predators, establish investment incentives for clean energy and fund virtual education for rural public schools.
Balderas was ineligible to run for re-election as New Mexico Auditor in 2014 due to term limits. On April 30, 2013, he announced officially that he ran for New Mexico Attorney General. He secured the Democratic nomination on June 3, 2014, when he ran uncontested in the primary. The general election took place November 4, 2014.
|Attorney General of New Mexico, 2014|
|Election Results via New Mexico Secretary of State.|
Before the primary, pollster Brian Sanderoff said, "Heinrich has more name recognition and more money, but typically Spanish surnames on Election Day do a little better than expected in a Democratic primary." A poll taken in mid-May had Heinrich defeating Balderas in the Democratic primary 51 percent to 26 percent.
The University of Virginia's Center for Politics published an article called Sabato's Crystal Ball on March 22, 2012, detailing the eight races in the Senate in 2012 that would decide the political fate of which party would end up with control in 2013. The seat rated a toss-up that the Sabato's Crystal Ball believed was most likely to end up Democratic is the Senate seat in New Mexico. The article noted that the state had generally been leaning Democratic and did not become a race with much interest until the incumbent Jeff Bingaman announced he would retire rather than seek re-election in 2012. The Republican challenger Heather Wilson was expected to give Republicans a "fighting chance in a tough state for them."
|U.S. Senate, New Mexico Democratic Primary, 2012|
According to his website, Balderas' campaign platform included the following issues:
- Investment in education and clean energy
- Balanced budget through fraud reduction and higher taxes on corporations
- Loan modification programs to reduce foreclosures
Balderas was endorsed by two local firefighters unions, five AFSCME locals, and The Santa Fe New Mexican, among others. A full list of endorsements is available on his website (timed out) (dead link).
|New Mexico State Auditor, 2010|
|Democratic||Hector Balderas Incumbent||55.2%||323,427|
|Election Results via New Mexico Secretary of State (dead link) (dead link)'|
Comprehensive donor information for Balderas is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Balderas raised a total of $642,316 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 21, 2013.
Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Hector Balderas's donors each year. Click [show] for more information.
|Hector Balderas's Campaign Contributions|
New Mexico State Auditor
New Mexico State Auditor
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$33,857||$52,166|
|Top 5 contributors||Hector Balderas||$20,050||Bill Richardson for Governor||$92,517|
|Stanley Harper||$15,000||Committee to Elect Hector Balderas State Representative||$30,000|
|James Long||$10,000||Freedman Boyd Daniels Hollander Goldberg & Cline||$11,499|
|L&F Distributing LLC||$6,500||Investment Management Associates|
Sania Asset Management
|Mark Maestas||$5,000||Hector Balderas|
Balderas was named Rookie Leader of the Year by the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, Outstanding Rookie by the League of Conservation Voters, and Outstanding Young Lawyer of New Mexico by the New Mexico State Bar Association.
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- Attorney General of New Mexico
- Attorney General
- United States Senate elections in New Mexico, 2012
- United States Senate elections, 2012
- New Mexico Attorney General election, 2014
- Hector Balderas 2014 campaign website
- New Mexico Attorney General official website
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 2012, 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004
- Current-Argus, "NM state auditor running for attorney general," April 30, 2013
- Washington Post, "Latino leaders pessimistic about new Latino districts," September 1, 2011
- Associated Press, "New Mexico - Summary Vote Results," June 6, 2012
- Huffington Post, "These Democrats Could Be The Party's Ticket To A Comeback," November 17, 2014
- Office of the New Mexico State Auditor, "About Hector Balderas," accessed February 2, 2012
- New Mexico Watchdog, "$1.26 Billion in New Mexico Bonds Face Downgrade After Discovery of Fraudulent NMFA Audit/ Updated: NMFA Calls Emergency Meeting," July 14, 2012
- Office of the New Mexico State Auditor, "State Auditor Balderas Confirms and Uncovers Fraudulent Financial Audit Report of the New Mexico Finance Authority," July 12, 2012
- San Francisco Chronicle, "NM Finance Authority's ex-accountant pleads guilty," July 20, 2012
- KOB, "Hector Balderas announces candidacy for US Senate," April 26, 2011
- Associated Press, "Gloves stay on in quiet NM Senate primary," May 24, 2012 (dead link) (dead link)
- Huffington Post, "NM-2012 Senate Democratic Primary: 51% Heinrich, 26% Balderas (Albuquerque Journal 5/21-24)," May 30, 2012
- Center for Politics, "Tilting the Toss Ups – the Eight Races That Will Decide the Senate" accessed April 9, 2012
- New Mexico Secretary of State "2012 Primary Results"
- Hector Balderas campaign website, "Issues," accessed May 26, 2012
- Hector Balderas campaign website, "Endorsements," accessed May 26, 2012 (timed out) (dead link)
- New Mexico Secretary of State, "November 2010 General Election Results," accessed May 18, 2011 (dead link) (dead link)
- Follow the Money, "Career fundraising for Hector Balderas," accessed May 21, 2013
- Follow the Money.org
Gary King (D)
|Attorney General of New Mexico
| Succeeded by|
Domingo Martinez (D)
|New Mexico State Auditor
| Succeeded by|
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