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Governor of New Mexico
|New Mexico Governor of New Mexico|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2012 FY Budget:||$3,362,400|
|Term limits:||Two consecutive terms|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||New Mexico Constitution, Article V, Section 4|
|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|
Under Article V, Section 4:
The supreme executive power of the state shall be vested in the governor...
|2015 • 2014 • 2013 • 2012 • 2011 • 2010|
|Current Lt. Governors|
|Lt. Governor Elections|
|2015 • 2014 • 2013 • 2012 • 2011 • 2010|
Under Article V, Section 3, a candidate for the governorship must be:
- at least 30 years old
- a citizen of the United States
- a resident of New Mexico continuously for five years on the day of the election
New Mexico elects governors in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not Presidential election years. For New Mexico, 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018 are all gubernatorial election years. Legally, the gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the first day in the January following an election. Thus, January 1, 2011 and January 1, 2015 are inaugural days.
In the event of a tie vote, the legislature shall convene and case ballots to choose among the two top vote getters.
- See also: States with gubernatorial term limits
New Mexico governors are restricted to two consecutive terms in office, after which they must wait one term before being eligible to run again.
|[The Governor] shall, after having served two terms in a state office, be ineligible to hold that state office until one full term has intervened.|
- See also: How gubernatorial vacancies are filled
Details of vacancy appointments are addressed under Article V, Section 7.
If a Governor-elect dies, the Lieutenant Governor-elect shall take office as the Governor. However, if a Governor-elect fails to qualify, or, for some reason, no one has been elected by Inauguration Day, the Lieutenant Governor-elect shall take office as Acting Governor only until a Governor does qualify.
The Constitution also allows the legislature to set the procedure for a special election if a Governor-elect cannot qualify.
Any temporary or permanent vacancy during a term is filed by the Lieutenant Governor, who has the full powers, duties, and emoluments of the Governor. If the Lieutenant Governor's office is also vacant, the line of succession is the Secretary of State, the President Pro Tem of the Senate, and then the Speaker of the House.
As governor he/she has the duty to see see that the New Mexico Constitution and the laws of the state are faithfully executed. The governor has the power to appoint and supervise the directors of each executive department. The governor has the responsibility to carry out the duties of commander-in-chief of the militia forces of the state. (§ 4)
Other duties and privileges of the office include:
- Nominating and, with Senate consent, appointing all offices not otherwise provided for by law, including appointing vacancies in all offices except members of the legislature and the Lieutenant Governor (§ 5)
- Removing any appointees for any reason, unless specifically precluded by law (§ 5)
- Granting pardons and reprieves, except in cases of treason and impeachment (§ 6)
- Taking an annual report, given under oath, from the head of each executive department, concerning the spending of public money. If that report is the only made made in a year, it must be given no later than 30 days prior to start of the legislature's regular session (§ 9)
- Issuing and signing all commissions granted in the name of the state of New Mexico
- Submitting all cabinet heads and cabinet levels appointees for confirmation or reconfirmation by the Senate at the beginning of each gubernatorial term (§ 15)
The budget for the Governor's office in Fiscal Year 2012 was $3,362,400.
- See also: Comparison of gubernatorial salaries
The governor's salary is legally fixed and may not be raised or decreased effective during the current term. The Governor may receive no other compensation aside from the salary.
As of 2010, the Governor of New Mexico is paid $110,000 a year, the 34th highest gubernatorial salary in America.
Partisan balance 1992-2013
From 1992-2013, in New Mexico there were Democratic governors in office for 11 years while there were Republican governors in office for 11 years, including the last three.
Across the country, there were 493 years of Democratic governors (44.82%) and 586 years of Republican governors (53.27%) from 1992-2013.
Over the course of the 22-year study, state governments became increasingly more partisan. At the outset of the study period (1992), 18 of the 49 states with partisan legislatures had single-party trifectas and 31 states had divided governments. In 2013, only 13 states have divided governments, while single-party trifectas held sway in 36 states, the most in the 22 years studied.
Office of the Governor
490 Old Santa Fe Trail
Santa Fe, NM 87501
- Governor Susana Martinez
- Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico
- Lieutenant Governor John A. Sanchez
- New Mexico Attorney General
- New Mexico Secretary of State
State of New Mexico
Santa Fe (capital)
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