New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands
|New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2012 FY Budget:||$13,618,900|
|Term limits:||2 terms|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||New Mexico Constitution, Article V, Section I|
|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 • 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|
The New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands is an elected constitutional state executive officer in the New Mexico state government.
The Commissioner leads the State Land Office, which is responsible for administering 9 million acres of surface and 13 million acres of subsurface land for the beneficiaries of the State Land Trust. The office seeks to optimize revenues while protecting the health of the land.
The current officeholder is Ray Powell (D). First elected in 2010, he previously served as State Land Commissioner from 1993-2002 and was president and vice-president of the 22-member Western States Land Commissioners Association from 1996-1998.
Under Article V, Section 1:
The executive department shall consist of a governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state auditor, state treasurer, attorney general and commissioner of public lands,...
- A citizen of the United States
- At least 30 years of age
- Have resided continuously in New Mexico for five years preceding the election
New Mexico elects the commissioner of public lands in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not Presidential election years. For New Mexico, 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018 are all commissioner election years.
The land commissioner is limited to serving two consecutive four-year terms.
- See Energy policy in New Mexico for information on the state's energy portfolio and goals.
The Land Commissioner is responsible for generating and maximizing revenue from state land trusts while concurrently protecting, conserving, and maintaining the lands for use by future generations. The money generated is used to support public education and other beneficiary institutions.
These revenues are generated by the land commissioner by leasing lands for grazing, agriculture, commercial use, oil and gas drilling, mining and other activities.
The State Land Office includes the following divisions and subdivisions:
- Administrative Services
- Human Resources
- Information Technology
- Records Management
- Commercial Resources
- Planning and Development
- Renewable Energy
- Field Operations
- Mineral Resources
- Oil, Gas, and Minerals
- Royalty Management
- Legal Division
- Surface Resources
- Agricultural Leasing
- Rights of Way
- Special Projects
- Educational Outreach
- Adult Education/Tours
- Community Outreach
The Fiscal Year 2012 budget for the Commissioner of Public Lands was $13,618,900.
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
In 2013, the commissioner was paid an estimated $92,861.
There have been 27 commissioners of public lands since 1899. Of the 27 officeholders, 7 were Republican and 20 were Democratic. The first commissioner, Alpheus A. Keen, was appointed. The second, Robert P. Ervein, was initially appointed and later elected.
|List of Former Officeholders from 1899-Present|
|1||Alpheus A. Keen||1899-1906||Republican|
|2||Robert P. Ervein||1907-1918||Republican|
|3||Fred Muller||Oct.-Dec. 1918||Democratic|
|8||Austin D. Crile||1929-1930||Republican|
|13||John E. Miles||1945-1948||Democratic|
|15||E.S. “Johnny” Walker||1953-1956||Democratic|
|16||Murray E. Morgan||1957-1960||Democratic|
|17||E.S. “Johnny” Walker||1961-1964||Democratic|
|18||Guyton B. Hays||1965-1968||Democratic|
|20||Phil R. Lucero||1975-1978||Democratic|
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State Land Office - Edward J. Lopez Building
General Contact Information
310 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe NM 87501
P.O. Box 1148, Santa Fe, NM 87504
For information on individual employees, see the employee lookup function on the official website.
- New Mexico State Land Office, "State Land Trust," accessed June 11, 2013 (dead link)
- New Mexico State Land Office, "Ray Powell, Commissioner of Public Lands, M.S., D.V.M.," access to June 11, 2013
- New Mexico State Land Office, " Agency History," accessed June 11, 2013
- New Mexico State Land Office, " Divisions," accessed June 11, 2013
- Scribd, "State of New Mexico Executive Budget Recommendation Fiscal Year 2014," accessed June 12, 2013
- Council of State Governments, Table 4.11 Selected State Administrative Officials: Annual Salaries, accessed January 31, 2014
- New Mexico State Land Office, " Past commissioners," accessed June 12, 2013