Ricky Little

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Ricky Little
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New Mexico House of Representatives District 53
In office
2011-2013, January 20, 2015 - present
Term ends
  December 31, 2016
Years in position (current service)0
Years in position (previous service)2
Base salary$0/year
Per diem$159/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New Mexico House of Representatives, District 53
January 18, 2011-2013
ProfessionHouse Mover
Office website
Campaign website
Ricky Little is a Republican member of the New Mexico House of Representatives, representing District 53. He was first elected to the chamber in 2014.
This candidate ran in a "race to watch" in one of the 20 chambers identified by Ballotpedia as a battleground chamber.

The New Mexico House had a difference in partisan balance between Democrats and Republican of four seats, which amounts to 5.7 percent of the chamber. In 2012, a total of 15 districts were competitive or mildly competitive. There were nine districts where the margin of victory was 5 percent or less in the 2012 elections. Another six districts had a margin of victory between 5 and 10 percent.

He previously served in the New Mexico House of Representatives, representing District 53 from 2011 to 2013.

Prior to running for office, Little earned a living by moving houses, structures and portable classrooms. In his campaign for office he defeated incumbent Nathan Cote in 2010, but was defeated by Cote in 2012.[1]

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Little served on the following committees:


Campaign themes


Little's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[2]

A Strong Economy

  • Excerpt: "The reality is that the best source of tax money is business — more money in our state budget and a sustainable quality of life for all of us starts with making it easier for responsible, sustainable businesses to DO business here in New Mexico."

Strong Ethics

  • Excerpt: "As your representative, I will not engage in cronyism, sweetheart deals, pay-to-play schemes or any other form of corruption or ethics violations, nor will I look the other way when others do so."
  • Excerpt: "I will support legislation and reform to create fair elections in New Mexico, including a photo ID system that creates accountability at the polls while not penalizing people who don’t have access to photo ID systems."

Strong Borders

  • Excerpt: "As a legislator, I am ready to sit down at the table and get to work crafting solutions that protect our borders while preserving our legacy of cultural diversity."

Strong Schools

  • Excerpt: "State government can and should set broad-based educational standards and goals. But then we need to get out of the way and let local schools – and the teachers responsible for teaching our children – get the job done in ways that work for them."



See also: New Mexico House of Representatives elections, 2014
Elections for the office of New Mexico House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014, and a general election took place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 4, 2014. Ricky Little was unopposed in the Republican primary, while Mariaelena Johnson was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Little defeated Johnson in the general election.[3][4]

The New Mexico House of Representatives was a battleground chamber that Ballotpedia identified as having the opportunity to switch partisan control in 2014. The New Mexico House had a difference in partisan balance between Democrats and Republican of four seats, which amounted to 5.7 percent of the chamber. District 53 in the House was identified by Ballotpedia, the Albuquerque Journal and New Mexico Telegram as a battleground district that would be key in determining control of the New Mexico House of Representatives. In District 53, Democrats hoped to hang onto the seat where incumbent Nate Cote announced that he would not be seeking re-election. Former house member Rick Little (R), who Cote defeated in 2012, defeated Mariaelena Johnson (D) in the general election.[5][6]

New Mexico House of Representatives, District 53 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRicky Little Incumbent 61.9% 1,708
     Democratic Mariaelena Johnson 38.1% 1,050
Total Votes 2,758


See also: New Mexico House of Representatives elections, 2012

Little ran for re-election in 2012. He ran unopposed in the June 5, 2012, Republican primary. He was defeated by Democrat Nate Cote in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[7][8]

New Mexico House of Representatives, District 53, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngNathan Cote 53.2% 2,620
     Republican Ricky Little Incumbent 46.8% 2,304
Total Votes 4,924


See also: New Mexico House of Representatives elections, 2010

Little won election to the New Mexico House of Representatives in the general election on November 2. He defeated incumbent Nathan Cote (D).[9][10] Little was unopposed in the June 1 Republican primary.

New Mexico House of Representatives General Election, District 53 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Ricky Little (R) 3,753 52.90%
Nathan Cote (D) 3,340 47.10%

Campaign donors


In 2010, Little raised a total of $32,122 in campaign contributions.[11]

His 3 largest campaign contributors in 2010 were:

Donor Amount
New Mexico Republican Party $9,328
Little, Ricky $5,007
Murphy, Mark $2,000


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On April 1, 2012, the organization ProgressNow New Mexico accused Little of representing a district in which he does not actually live. Allegedly, Little has listed his business address as his home address, while the residential address associated with Little is outside of the district.[12] Little responded to the allegations, noting that he and his divorced wife were "reconciling" their relationship, but that he slept at his business address most nights.[13]

Little's candidacy was also challenged by groups claiming Little filled out his election paperwork incorrectly.[14][15]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Nathan Cote (D)
New Mexico House of Representatives - District 53
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Nathan Cote (D)
New Mexico House of Representatives - District 53
Succeeded by
Nathan Cote (D)