Karen Montoya

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Karen Montoya
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New Mexico Public Regulation Commissioner - District 1
In office
January 1, 2013-present
Term ends
Years in position 2
PredecessorJason A. Marks (D)
Base salary$90,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$105,578
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Bernalillo County Assessor
2007 – 2013
High schoolDel Norte High School
Office website
Personal website
Karen Montoya is the Democratic commissioner for District 1 of the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission. She was first elected on November 6, 2012 and sworn into office on January 1, 2013.


Montoya worked in the Bernalillo County Assessor’s Office from 1991 to 2004. She was a Senior Appraiser with the New Mexico State Property Tax Division from 2004 to 2006 and served as Chair of the County Valuation Protest Board.

Montoya was elected as Bernalillo County Assessor in 2006, serving in the position for two terms from January 2007 to January 2013.[1]


  • Graduate, Del Norte High School
  • Attended, University of New Mexico
  • Attended, Central New Mexico University
  • Attended, New Mexico State University

Political career

Public Regulation Commission (2013-present)

Montoya succeeded Jason Marks as the Public Regulation Commissioner representing District 1 on January 1, 2013. Marks was term-limited from seeing re-election in 2012.

Bernalillo County Assessor (2007-2013)

Prior to her election to the PRC, Montoya served as Bernalillo county assessor. She was criticized for firing employees at the county assessor's office. While she said it was to save taxpayers money, others questioned her motives. The county manager intervened, re-hiring six of the employees fired by Montoya and putting them into different county departments.[2]



See also: New Mexico down ballot state executive elections, 2012

Montoya ran for District 1 of the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission in 2012. She defeated Cynthia Hall and Al Park in the Democratic primary on June 5, 2012. Christopher Ocksrider was unopposed in the Republican primary.[3]

She won the general election on November 6, 2012.

New Mexico Public Regulation Commission District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKaren Montoya 55% 94,526
     Republican Christopher Ocksrider 45% 77,256
Total Votes 171,782
Election Results via New Mexico Secretary of State.

New Mexico Public Regulation Commission, District 1, Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKaren Montoya 36.3% 10,972
Cynthia Hall 33.2% 10,038
Al Park 30.5% 9,221
Total Votes 30,231

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Montoya is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Montoya raised a total of $105,578 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 21, 2013.[4]

Karen Montoya's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 NM Public Regulation Commission Won $105,578
Grand Total Raised $105,578


Montoya won election to the position of New Mexico Public Regulation Commission in 2012. During that election cycle, Montoya raised a total of $105,578.


Karen has two daughters, Amanda and Alyshia, and two grandchildren. They all live in Albuquerque.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jason Marks (D)
New Mexico Public Regulation Commission - District 1
2013 - present
Succeeded by