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Valerie Espinoza
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New Mexico Public Regulation Commissioner - District 3
In office
January 1, 2013-present
Term ends
Years in position 2
PredecessorDouglas J. Howe (I)
Vice Chair, New Mexico Public Regulation Commission
Base salary$90,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$77,827
Term limitsN/A
Associate'sNorthern New Mexico Community College (1993)
Bachelor'sCollege of Santa Fe (1997)
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Valerie Espinoza is the Democratic commissioner for District 3 of the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission. She currently serves as vice-chair.[1]


Prior to her election to the NMPRC, Espinoza served as Santa Fe County Clerk from 2004 to 2012. She worked for the New Mexico Secretary of State from 1979 to 1984.

Espinoza spent the majority of her career, from 1984 to 2004, with Los Alamos National Laboratory. Beginning as Senior Clerk, she eventually became Executive Office Administrator in the Office of the Deputy Associate Laboratory Director.[2]


  • Bachelor of Arts from the College of Santa Fe in Organizational Psychology (1997)
  • Associate of Applied Science from Northern New Mexico Community College in Human Services (1993)
  • Certified Public Official, New Mexico State University County College
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory - received training and acquired skills in mediation, negotiation, conflict management and resolution

Political career

Public Regulation Commission (2013-present)

Espinoza succeeded Douglas J. Howe as the Public Regulation Commissioner representing District 3 on January 1, 2013.



See also: New Mexico down ballot state executive elections, 2012

Espinoza ran for District 3 of the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission in 2012. She defeated Danny Maki, Brad Gallegos and Virginia Vigil in the Democratic primary on June 5, 2012. No candidates filed to run in the Republican race.[3]

The general election took place on November 6, 2012.

New Mexico Public Regulation Commission District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngValerie Espinoza 100% 127,569
Total Votes 127,569
Election Results via New Mexico Secretary of State.

New Mexico Public Regulation Commission, District 3, Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngValerie Espinoza 37.7% 15,121
Virginia Vigil 32% 12,850
Brad Gallegos 17.1% 6,863
Danny Maki 13.2% 5,310
Total Votes 40,144

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Espinoza is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Espinoza raised a total of $77,827 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 22, 2013.[4]

Valerie Espinoza's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 NM Public Regulation Commission Won $77,827
Grand Total Raised $77,827


Espinoza won election to the position of New Mexico Public Regulation Commission in 2012. During that election cycle, Espinoza raised a total of $77,827.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Douglas J. Howe
New Mexico Public Regulation Commission
2013 - present
Succeeded by