Michael Sanchez

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Michael Sanchez
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New Mexico Senate District 29
Incumbent
In office
1993 - present
Term ends
December 31, 2016
Years in position 21
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$0/year
Per diem$159/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 3, 1992
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of New Mexico
J.D.University of New Mexico School of Law
Personal
BirthdayAugust 3, 1950
Place of birthBelen, NM
ProfessionAttorney/County Clerk
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Michael S. Sanchez (b. August 3, 1950) is a Democratic member of the New Mexico State Senate, representing District 29. He was first elected to the chamber in 1992. He currently serves as Majority Floor Leader. Sanchez is considering a run for Governor of New Mexico in the 2014 elections.[1]

Sanchez was Chair for the Valencia County Democratic Party from 1986 to 1992. He has been Grant County Clerk since 1993.

Biography

Sanchez earned his B.A. from the University of New Mexico in 1973 and his J.D. from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 1976. His professional experience includes working as an attorney for Raymond G. Sanchez from 1972 to 1982, and as an attorney for Michael G. Sanchez from 1982 to the present.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Sanchez served on the following committees:

New Mexico Committee Assignments, 2013
Committees', Vice-chair
Judiciary
Rules

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Sanchez served on these committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Sanchez served on these committees:

Elections

2014

See also: New Mexico gubernatorial election, 2014

Sanchez is considering a run for election as Governor of New Mexico. The general election takes place on November 4, 2014.[2]

2012

See also: New Mexico State Senate elections, 2012

Sanchez ran for re-election in 2012. He ran unopposed in the June 5, 2012, Democratic primary. He defeated David Chavez in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

New Mexico State Senate, District 29, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Sanchez Incumbent 55.4% 9,001
     Republican David C. Chavez 44.6% 7,237
Total Votes 16,238

2008

See also: New Mexico State Senate elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Sanchez was re-elected to District 29 in the New Mexico Senate. Sanchez had no challenger.[5]

Sanchez raised $112,799 for his campaign.[6]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Sanchez is available dating back to 1992. Based on available campaign finance records, Sanchez raised a total of $865,588 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 23, 2013.[7]

Michael Sanchez's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 New Mexico State Senate, District 29 Won $312,114
2010 New Mexico State Senate, District 29 Not up for election $10,900
2008 New Mexico State Senate, District 29 Won $112,799
2006 New Mexico State Senate, District 29 Not up for election $30,325
2004 New Mexico State Senate, District 29 Won $129,705
2002 New Mexico State Senate, District 29 Not up for election $5,200
2000 New Mexico State Senate, District 29 Won $163,519
1996 New Mexico State Senate, District 29 Won $47,466
1992 New Mexico State Senate, District 29 Won $53,560
Grand Total Raised $865,588

2012

Sanchez won re-election to the New Mexico State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Sanchez raised a total of $312,114.
New Mexico State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Michael Sanchez's campaign in 2012
New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association$10,000
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers$10,000
Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 412$6,500
ACTBLUE New Mexico$6,435
New Mexico Realtors Association$6,000
Total Raised in 2012$312,114
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Sanchez was not up for election to the New Mexico State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Sanchez raised a total of $10,900.

2008

Sanchez won re-election to the New Mexico State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Sanchez raised a total of $112,799.

2006

Sanchez was not up for election to the New Mexico State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Sanchez raised a total of $30,325.

2004

Sanchez won re-election to the New Mexico State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Sanchez raised a total of $129,705.

2002

Sanchez was not up for election to the New Mexico State Senate in 2002. During that election cycle, Sanchez raised a total of $5,200.

2000

Sanchez won re-election to the New Mexico State Senate in 2000. During that election cycle, Sanchez raised a total of $163,519.

1996

Sanchez won re-election to the New Mexico State Senate in 1996. During that election cycle, Sanchez raised a total of $47,446.

1992

Sanchez won election to the New Mexico State Senate in 1992. During that election cycle, Sanchez raised a total of $53,560.

Scorecards

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2013-2014

In 2013, the 51st New Mexico State Legislature, first session, was in session from January 15 to March 16.[8] In 2014, the 51st New Mexico State Legislature, second session, was in session from January 21 through February 20.[8]

  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills relating to the state’s wildlife and domesticated animals.
  • Legislators are scored on environment and conservation issues.

2011-2012

In 2011, the 50th New Mexico State Legislature, first session, was in session from January 18 through March 19.[9] In 2012, the 50th New Mexico State Legislature, second session, was in session from January 17 through February 16.[8]

  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills relating to the state’s wildlife and domesticated animals.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills relating to the state’s wildlife and domesticated animals.

Issues

Criticism of party chairman

In January 2014, Sanchez criticized the party chairman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico for singling out and criticizing a fellow state senator, John Arthur Smith.[10] The party chairman criticized Smith for not holding a hearing on a plan to use the state’s $12 billion Land Grant Permanent Fund to pay for early childhood education, a plan opposed by Smith but supported by the party chairman. Sanchez did not mention the chairman by name but criticized the party chairman for “insinuating that (Smith) wasn’t a true Democrat, insinuating that he should change parties, insinuating and threatening a primary challenge for him.”[10] “The Democratic Party is always a big tent, whether you’re ultra liberal, ultra conservative, whatever you are,” Sanchez said. “For some member of our party to try to embarrass one of our Democratic members is not right … No party should tell us what or how we should vote on this floor … I’m embarrassed that it happened and I want to apologize for those remarks to the senator it was made to … He’s my friend and a strong Democrat … There’s no place for that on this floor.”[10]

Personal

Sanchez and his wife, Lynn, have three children.

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New Mexico State Senate District 29
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