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Eric Griego
New Mexico Senate District 14
In office
2009 - 2013
Base salary$0/year
Per diem$153/day
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sNew Mexico State University
Master'sUniversity of Maryland
Date of birthJanuary 22, 1966
Place of birthAlbuquerque, NM
Office website
Campaign website
Eric Griego (b. January 22, 1966) is a former Democratic member of the New Mexico Senate representing District 14 from 2009 to 2013. He ran for the U.S. House in 2012 but lost in the primary.[1]

Griego was the City Councilman on the Albuquerque City Council from 2001 to 2005.


Griego was President and co-founder of Engaging Communication, LLC, from 2001 to 2005. He then worked as Assistant Cabinet Secretary for the New Mexico Economic Development Department from 2005 to 2007. He was Executive Director for New Mexico Voices from Children since 2007 until 2011 when he began his congressional campaign.[2]

Griego earned his BA in Journalism and Government from New Mexico State University in 1989. He went on to receive his MPA in Public Management from the University of Maryland in 1991.

In February 2012, the grassroots organization Democracy for America, founded by Howard Dean, named Griego one of the top 10 progressive candidates in the 2012 U.S. House races.[3]

Committee assignments


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


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


Campaign themes


According to his website, Griego's campaign platform included the following issues[4]:

  • Implementing a "New Marshall Plan" for rebuilding the economy through government investment
  • Strengthening Social Security and Medicare
  • Promoting green jobs



See also: New Mexico's 1st congressional district elections, 2012

Griego ran for the U.S. House in 2012.[5] He lost to Michelle Lujan Grisham in the June 5 Democratic primary.[1][6]

New Mexico's 1st Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMichelle Lujan Grisham 40.1% 19,111
Eric Griego 35% 16,702
Marty Chavez 24.9% 11,895
Total Votes 47,708


A poll put Griego and Grisham neck and neck, leading Chavez.[7] The poll showed Griego leading among Hispanics, women, and liberals, while Grisham led among men and Anglos.

Campaign funding

As of May 2012, Griego had raised $847,000, Marty Chavez had raised $645,000, and Michelle Lujan Grisham had raised $597,000.[8]


Griego was endorsed by the Daily Kos, Moveon.org, AFSCME, AFT, and the Sierra Club, among others.[9] A full list is available on his website.


On November 4, 2008, Griego was election to the 14th district in the New Mexico Senate. Griego had no challenger. [10]

Griego raised $113,004 for his campaign.[11]

New Mexico State Senate 14th District, General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngEric Griego Incumbent 100% 8,436
Total Votes 8,436

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Griego's reports.[12]

Eric Griego Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[13]April 15, 2012$208,477.47$275,113.61$(161,759.37)$321,831.71
Running totals


Listed below are the five largest contributors to Eric Griego's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Conservation Voters New Mexico $17,602
New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association $4,600
David Duhigg $2,650
Albuquerque Teachers Federation $1,500
Terry M. Word $1,500


Griego is single and has one child.

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Preceded by
New Mexico State Senate District 14
Succeeded by
Michael Padilla (D)