Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico
|New Mexico Lieutenant Governor|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2012 FY Budget:||$671,000|
|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 4, 2014|
|Last election:||November 2, 2010|
|Other New Mexico Executive Offices|
|Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General • Treasurer • Auditor • 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...
| 2013 • 2012 • 2011 • 2010 |
Lists of candidates
|Current Lt. Governors|
|Lt. Governor Elections|
|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, 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018 are all lieutenant gubernatorial election years. Legally, the lieutenant gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the first day in the January following an election. Thus, January 1, 2011 and January 1, 2015 are inaugural days.
In the event of a tie vote, the legislature shall convene and case ballots to choose among the two top vote getters.
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.
The budget for the Lieutenant Governor's office in Fiscal Year 2012 was $671,000.
The lieutenant governor's pay is set by law and may not be increased or diminished effective during the current term.
As of 2010, the lieutenant governor is paid $85,000 a year, the 26th highest lieutenant gubernatorial salary in America.
Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87501
- New Mexico Lieutenant Governor Diane Denish
- Governor of New Mexico
- New Mexico Attorney General
- New Mexico Secretary of State