John A. Sanchez

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John A. Sanchez
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Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico
In office
January 1, 2011 - Present
Term ends
January 2019
Years in position 4
PredecessorDiane Denish (D)
Base salary$85,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Campaign $$3,312,661
Term limitsTwo consecutive terms
Prior offices
New Mexico House of Representatives, District 15
2000 - 2002
Place of birthAlbuquerque, New Mexico
Office website
John A. Sanchez (b. 1963, in Albuquerque, New Mexico) is the 29th and current Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico. A Republican, Sanchez was elected on a ticket with Gov. Susana Martinez on November 2, 2010.[1] Sanchez ran for re-election in 2014. John A. Sanchez won the general election on November 4, 2014.

Sanchez previously served in the New Mexico House of Representatives from 2000-2002. He made unsuccessful bids for Governor of New Mexico in 2002 and U.S. Senate in 2012.[2]

A February 2013 article in Governing named Sanchez as one of the top state Republican officials to watch in 2013, and in July he was elected the western regional chairman of the National Lieutenant Governors Association.[3] As the western regional chairman, Sanchez represents the western states as well as Guam, American Samoa and the Northern Mariana Islands.[4]


Sanchez is a native of Albuquerque, New Mexico. According to his office biography, Sanchez comes from a long line of politicians and public servants, dating back to 1860, when his great-great-grandfather served as territorial legislator from San Miguel County.

He and wife, Debra Sanchez, are the founders of a small company called Right Way Roofing, that has twice earned the title Small Business of the Year by the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce.Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; invalid names, e.g. too many[1]

In 2004, Sanchez served as the South-West Regional Chair for George W. Bush's Presidential Campaign.[5] In 2005, he was recognized as one of the Top 40 Most Influential Hispanics in the Country.

Political career

Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico (2011-present)

Sanchez was sworn in as New Mexico's 29th lieutenant governor on January 1, 2011.

New Mexico House of Representatives (2000-2002)

Sanchez served one term in the New Mexico House of Representatives, representing district 15, from 2000 to 2002. He ran unsuccessfully for Governor of New Mexico in 2002.[5][6]

Councilman (1997-2000)

Sanchez was first elected to public office in 1997 as Councilman for the Village of Los Ranchos, New Mexico.

On The Issues Vote Match

John Sanchez's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the analysis, Sanchez is a Libertarian Conservative.[7] Note: We are working to resolve inaccuracies with this information. Thank you for your patience.

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See also: New Mexico Lieutenant Gubernatorial election, 2014

Sanchez ran for re-election as Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico in 2014. Sanchez was uncontested in the primary election on June 3, 2014. The general election took place on November 4, 2014.[8]


General election
Governor and Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSusana Martinez/John A. Sanchez Incumbent 57.2% 293,443
     Democrat Gary King/Debra Haaland 42.8% 219,362
Total Votes 512,805
Election Results via New Mexico Secretary of State.


On May 24, 2011, Sanchez announced he was running for the seat that Jeff Bingaman was about to vacate in the US Senate.[9]

“It would be immoral to watch the federal government keep spending more money than it’s taking in,” Sanchez said. “That’s why I’m announcing my candidacy.”[9]

The 48-year-old sought to wrest the GOP nomination from former Congresswoman Heather Wilson and two "dark horse" Republican candidates, Greg Sowards of Las Cruces and Bill English of Alamogordo. Wilson had been assiduously racking up endorsements from big-name Republicans across the state in months leading up to this announcement.[9]

“This really isn’t the time for that,” Sanchez said, “this is the time for me to announce my candidacy. We’ve got almost a year to go before the election.”[9]

Sanchez dropped out of the race on February 9, 2012.[10]


See also: New Mexico lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2010 and Lieutenant Governor elections, 2010

Sanchez defeated Kent Cravens and Brian Moore in the June 1 primary, winning with 39.71% of the vote. He faced Brian S. Colón (R) in the general election on November 2, 2010 won the election for Lieutenant Governor and was officially sworn in on January 1st, 2011 along with Governor Suzanna Martinez.

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Sanchez is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Sanchez raised a total of $3,312,661 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 21, 2013.[11]

John A. Sanchez's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 NM Lieutenant Governor Not up for election $-109,913
2010 NM Lieutenant Governor Won $503,045
2002 NM Governor Defeated $2,919,529
Grand Total Raised $3,312,661


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 John A. Sanchez's donors each year.[12] Click [show] for more information.


Sanchez currently resides in his hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico with his wife, Debra, and their two children.[5]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Diane Denish (D)
Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico
2011 - present
Succeeded by