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Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico
|New Mexico Lieutenant Governor|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2012 FY Budget:||$671,000|
|Term limits:||2 consecutive terms|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||New Mexico Constitution, Article V, Section I|
|Name:||John A. Sanchez|
|Assumed office:||January 1, 2011|
|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|
- See also: Current Lieutenant Governors
Under Article V, Section 1:
The executive department shall consist of a governor, lieutenant governor...
|2015 • 2014 • 2013 • 2012 • 2011 • 2010|
|Current Lt. Governors|
|Lt. Governor Elections|
|2015 • 2014 • 2013 • 2012 • 2011 • 2010|
Under Article V, Section 3, a candidate for the lieutenant 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 lieutenant 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 lieutenant gubernatorial election years. Legally, the lieutenant 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.|
Details of vacancy appointments are addressed under Article V, Section 7.
The Lieutenant Governor is the first the succeed whenever the governor's chair is vacant or whenever the elected Governor is incapacitated. The same line on succession that applies after the Lieutenant Governor applies when the office of the lieutenant governor is vacant or when the Lieutenant Governor is unable to serve.
The lieutenant governor serves as the president of the New Mexico Senate, ombudsman for constituent concerns, acting governor when the governor is absent from the state and member of the Executive Cabinet.
Additionally, the lieutenant governor serves on the following boards and commissions:
- the Border Authority
- the Community Development Council
- the Workforce Development Board
- the Mortgage Finance Authority
- the Space Commercialization Commission
- the Military Base Planning Commission
- the State Board of Finance
She has such other responsibilities and duties as the Governor shall assign.
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- See also: New Mexico state budget and finances
The budget for the Lieutenant Governor's office in Fiscal Year 2012 was $671,000.
- See also: Comparison of lieutenant gubernatorial salaries
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
The salaries of state executive officers are established by the New Mexico State Legislature as mandated in the state constitution. Article V, Section 12 of the New Mexico Constitution established initial salaries for constitutional officers with the state legislature able to adjust these salaries starting in 1922, which was 10 years after the state's admission to the United States. This constitutional provision states the following:
| Text of Section 12:
Compensation of Executive Officers
The annual compensation to be paid to the officers mentioned in Section One of this article shall be as follows: governor, five thousand dollars [($5,000)]; secretary of state, three thousand dollars [($3,000)]; state auditor, three thousand dollars [($3,000)]; state treasurer, three thousand dollars [($3,000)]; attorney general, four thousand dollars [($4,000)]; superintendent of public instruction, three thousand dollars [$3,000)]; and commissioner of public lands, three thousand dollars [($3,000)]; which compensation shall be paid to the respective officers in equal quarterly payments.
The lieutenant governor shall receive ten dollars [($10.00)] per diem while acting as presiding officer of the senate, and mileage at the same rate as a state senator.
The compensation herein fixed shall be full payment for all services rendered by said officers and they shall receive no other fees or compensation whatsoever.
The compensation of any of said officers may be increased or decreased by law after the expiration of ten years from the date of the admission of New Mexico as a state.
In 2013, the lieutenant governor's salary remained at $85,000.
As of 2010, the lieutenant governor is paid $85,000 a year, the 26th highest lieutenant gubernatorial salary in America.
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Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87501
- New Mexico Lieutenant Governor's office, accessed May 24, 2012
- Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico, "Meet Lieutenant Governor John A. Sanchez," accessed January 17, 2013
- Scribd, "State of New Mexico Executive Budget Recommendation Fiscal Year 2014," accessed June 12, 2013
- New Mexico Compilation Commission, "8-1-1 Compensation of elective state officers," accessed February 25, 2015
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- Council of State Governments, "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," accessed December 3, 2014
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