James B. Lewis

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James B. Lewis
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New Mexico Treasurer
In office
2006 - Present
Term ends
Years in position 8
PredecessorDouglas Minge Brown
Base salary$85,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014 (Term-limited)
Campaign $$367,543
Term limitsTwo consecutive terms
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Army
Years of service1970 - 1972
Office website
James B. Lewis is the New Mexico Treasurer. Lewis, a Democrat, was first elected in 2006 and was re-elected in 2010.[1]


Lewis was born in Roswell, New Mexico. He served in the U.S. Army as a military police officer from 1970-1972 before earning a B.S. in education from Bishop College.[1]


  • B.S., education, Bishop College (1970)
  • MA, public administration, University of New Mexico at Albuquerque (1977)
  • AS, business administration, National College of Business (1980)
  • B.S., business administration, National College of Business (1981)[1]

Political career

New Mexico Treasurer (2006 - Present)

In his campaign for treasurer, Lewis pledged to restore integrity to the office of treasurer. Since 2006, he has:

  • evaluated every position in the agency and reorganized the office to enhance proficiency, efficiency, effectiveness and productivity;
  • enhanced communication, collaboration, and cooperation both internally and externally;
  • provided education and training for staff;
  • established a labor/management committee to address staff concerns;
  • empanelled a Blue Ribbon Commission for an independent assessment;
  • brought state accounts and selfearning accounts reconciliation up to date;
  • signed the first Joint Powers Agreement enabling Ramah Navajo Chapter to invest in the LGIP; and
  • enhanced the public's knowledge of the Treasury through public speeches, editorial boards, city, county, and state presentations, television and radio appearances, and national boards presentations.[2]



See also: New Mexico down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Lewis was ineligible to run for re-election as New Mexico Treasurer in 2014 due to term limits.


Lewis won re-election as state treasurer in the November 2010 election, defeating Republican Jim D. Schoonover.[3]

New Mexico State Treasurer, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJames B. Lewis Incumbent 55.4% 324,624
     Republican Jim D. Schoonover 44.6% 261,724
Total Votes 586,348
Election Results Via: New Mexico Secretary of State


Lewis won election as state treasurer in the November 2006 election, defeating Republican Demesia Padilla.

New Mexico State Treasurer, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJames B. Lewis 60.6% 332,545
     Republican Demesia Padilla 39.4% 216,399
Total Votes 548,944
Election Results Via: New Mexico Secretary of State

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Lewis is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Lewis raised a total of $367,543 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 21, 2013.[4]

James B. Lewis's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 New Mexico Treasurer Not up for election $1,000
2010 New Mexico Treasurer Won $93,352
2008 New Mexico Treasurer Not up for election $600
2006 New Mexico Treasurer Won $272,591
Grand Total Raised $367,543


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Preceded by
Douglas Minge Brown
New Mexico Treasurer
Succeeded by