Gary King (New Mexico)
|Attorney General of New Mexico|
|Years in position||9|
|Predecessor||Patricia A. Madrid (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|First elected||November 2006|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Term limits||2 consecutive terms|
|Bachelor's||New Mexico State University (1976)|
|J.D.||University of New Mexico (1983)|
|Ph.D.||Colorado University (1980)|
|Date of birth||September 29, 1954|
|Place of birth||Stanley, New Mexico|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Political career
- 3 Elections
- 4 Campaign donors
- 5 Recent news
- 6 Personal
- 7 Contact Information
- 8 See also
- 9 External links
- 10 References
On July 8, 2012, King announced in an Albuquerque radio show interview that he will seek the Democratic nomination for governor in 2014. The announcement confirmed a long-circulating rumor that he would challenge first-term incumbent governor and presumptive Republican 2014 nominee Susana Martinez for the office, and the chance to follow in his father's footsteps, in the next election. He ran twice previously for the governorship, in 1998 and 2002, losing the first in the primary and dropping out in the second.
Immediately after graduating from law school, King formed his own private practice law firm, King & Stanley, based in Moriarty, New Mexico. Six years later, he assumed the dual roles of Corporate General Counsel and Senior Environment Scientist for Advanced Sciences, Inc., an environmental consulting firm. In 1998, King was appointed as the Policy Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management at the United States Department of Energy (DOE) in Washington, D.C. Within a year's time, he became Director of the Office of Worker and Community Transition. During his time at the DOE, he developed and implemented a program fostering cooperation between federal, state, local and Native American governments to enhance cleanup activities.
- Bachelor's degree, New Mexico State University (1976) in chemistry
- Doctorate degree, Colorado University (1980) in organic chemistry
- Juris Doctorate degree, University of New Mexico (1983)
New Mexico Attorney General (2006-present)
King first entered the state political stage in 1984 having been elected to the New Mexico Legislature, representing the 50th Congressional District. In 1998, he ran for Governor of New Mexico, losing the Democratic nomination to Martin Chavez who then went to be defeated by Republican Gary Johnson in the general election. King's next run for governor took place in 2002, that time he dropped out of the race before the primary. In 2004 he campaigned as a candidate for the United States House of Representatives for the 1st Congressional District of New Mexico. He lost in the general election to Republican Steve Pearce by a 2-to-3 margin.
Gay marriage recognition
In the stretch before the beginning of the 2011 session, Rep. Al Park asked King for an opinion on whether same-sex marriages from other jurisdictions were valid in New Mexico.
King responded by saying that although a majority of states bar recognition of same-sex marriages performed in other states, he says that New Mexico does not have an explicit statute prohibiting the recognition of same-sex marriage from out of state.
"We conclude that a court addressing the issue would likely hold … that a valid same-sex marriage from another jurisdiction is valid in New Mexico,” said King.
The June 2008 Survey and Scorecard report published by the liberal political organization, ACORN, gave King an A letter grade. The report was published to shine the spotlight on state attorneys general "leading the fight to protect homeowners from joining the flood of Americans losing their homes to foreclosure," according to the group. The grade distributed to the individual attorneys general "generally broke down along party lines," with the exception of Louisiana's Buddy Caldwell.
Cover up allegation
In March 2010, King launched his investigation into allegations that Secretary of State Mary Herrera solicited "donations from companies that contract with her office and ordered some of her employees to gather signatures on petitions for her re-election campaign." The source of the accusations was a scathing resignation letter written by A. J. Salazar, a former deputy district attorney who, after only eleven months on the job, quit after having discovered what a "crooked organization" the secretary of state's office was. Herrera, while denying this and other insinuations made by Salazar, argued that the real "reason he left the office was because he wanted Spring Break off and he didn’t want to go to work."
Portions of the letter were first published by The Albuquerque Journal and the full context of it was later released to the public through the Rio Grande Sun. Despite numerous requests from local media outlets for the release of the letter, the Secretary of State's Office refused to do so, claiming that it was a personnel matter and that the email resignation did not qualify under the New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act. The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government, however, disagreed with this assessment. Finally, a little over two weeks after Salazar resigned from office, Herrera's Office released a heavily redacted version of his letter.
Nearly five months after the case was first brought to the attention of the State Attorney General's Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) was brought in to determine whether or not Gary King "attempted to cover up allegations of wrongdoing." In addition to Salazar, requests for federal involvement were made by Manny Vildasol and James Flores, both of whom worked in the Secretary of State's Office, as office manager and public information officer respectively.
On April 16, 2009, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) published an editorial centered on the ethically questionable practice of state attorneys general "accepting large campaign donations from law firms, then turning around and retaining those firms in no-bid contracts for 'off-the-shelf' suits that require little original work." While the article focused primarily on the relationship between Governor of Pennsylvania Ed Rendell and the Houston-based firm of attorney F. Kenneth Bailey, it did highlight the fact that the Houston attorney also made a contribution of "$50,000 to New Mexico AG Gary King" right before his 2006 election.
King subsequent response to a passing reference in the editorial prompted the WSJ to investigate further the political connections between King's office and the law firm of F. Kenneth Bailey. Not only was it uncovered that "the firm was later retained by the state of New Mexico to sue a pharmaceutical company in a suit similar to others the firm had tried", it was further revealed that "five months lapsed between two contracts that the state attorney general’s office signed." And despite the absence of a contract in that time the "law firm continued to work."
- See also: New Mexico gubernatorial election, 2014
- 2010 Race for Attorney General - Democratic Primary
- Gary King ran unopposed in this contest
|New Mexico Attorney General, 2010|
|Democratic||Gary King Incumbent||53.7%||321,547|
|Republican||Matthew E. Chandler||46.3%||277,139|
|Election Results via New Mexico Secretary of State|
|New Mexico Attorney General, 2006|
|Election Results via New Mexico Secretary of State|
|New Mexico Attorney General, Democratic Primary, 2006|
|Election Results via New Mexico Secretary of State.|
Comprehensive donor information for King is available dating back to 1992. Based on available campaign finance records, King raised a total of $3,487,109 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 21, 2013.
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|Gary King's Campaign Contributions|
Attorney General of New Mexico
Attorney General of New Mexico
New Mexico House of Representatives
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$620,172||$1,147,327||$3,285|
|Top 5 contributors||Gary King||$223,100||Gary King||$240,151||Committee on Individual Responsibility||$1,000|
|Democratic Attorneys General Association||$200,000||King Ranch||$180,000||Local 492||$1,000|
|Labaton Sucharow & Rudoff||$49,500||Democratic Attorneys General Association||$78,000||New Mexico Medical Society|
and New Mexico Realtors Association
|Heard Boring Cloud Black & Lubel||$30,000||Kings Butane Co.||$70,000||New Mexico Automotive Dealers Association|
and the National Rifle Association
|Bill Robins||$22,000||Bill Richardson for Governor||$54,848||Phelps Dodge|
and Allstate Insurance
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King has served in the following roles:
|List of other roles|
P.O. Drawer 1508
Santa Fe, NM 87504-1508
408 Galisteo Street
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
Phone: (505) 827-6000
Fax: (505) 827-5826
- Official New Mexico Attorney General website
- Project Vote Smart - Gary K. King biography
- NM Attorney General YouTube
- NM Attorney General on Facebook
- Campaign contributions: 2012, 2010, 2008, 2006, 1998, 1996, 1994, 1992
- OnPolitix, "Gary King," accessed August 8, 2013
- New Mexico Attorney General, " Biography of Gary King," accessed August 7, 2013
- Santa Fe New Mexican, "Attorney General Gary King to try again for governor job," July 10, 2102
- Project Vote Smart, "Attorney General Gary K. King's Biography," August 8, 2013
- "NM Attorney General’s opinion: NM should recognize same-sex marriages from elsewhere," New Mexico Watchdog, January 4, 2011
- ACORN "Attorneys General Take Action: Real Leadership in Fighting Foreclosures" June 2008
- Majority in Mississippi, "Jim Hood Received An “A” From ACORN In 2008" 17 Sept. 2009
- The Santa Fe New Mexican "Resignation letter rips Secretary of State Mary Herrera" 4 March, 2010
- New Mexico Independent "Herrera runs ‘a crooked organization,’ former elections head claims" 4 March, 2010
- New Mexico Independent "Herrera says Salazar resigned because she denied leave request" 11 March, 2010
- New Mexico Independent "SOS refuses to release Salazar’s resignation letter" 4 March, 2010
- New Mexico Independent "SOS releases redacted version of Salazar’s resignation letter" 19 March, 2010
- New Mexico Independent "King attempted cover up of allegations against Herrera, attorney says" 27 Aug. 2010
- Clearly New Mexico "The Karma of Quack: Gary King and Pay-to-Sue" 29 April, 2009
- Wall Street Journal, "The Pay-to-Sue Business" 16 April, 2009
- New Mexico Independent "Timing of AG’s contracts with law firm raises questions" 28 April, 2009
- Santa Fe New Mexican, "Attorney general Gary King to try again for governor job," July 10, 2012
- Follow the Money, "Career fundraising for Gary King," accessed May 21, 2013
- Follow the Money.org, "Home," accessed February 17, 2015
Patricia A. Madrid (D)
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