Henry Saavedra

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Henry Saavedra
New Mexico House of Representatives District 10
Assumed office
Current term ends
January 1, 2013
Political party Democratic
Profession Legislator
Website House site
Henry Saavedra (b. 1938) is a Democratic member of the New Mexico House of Representatives. He has represented the 10th District since 1977.

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Saavedra has been appointed to the following committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Saavedra served on the following committees:


Lawsuit against Gov. Martinez

Mimi Stewart, Henry Saavedra, John Arthur Smith and “Lucky” Varela filed two lawsuits against Gov. Susana Martinez over her line item vetoes in an unemployment bill and a housing bill.

Raul Burciaga, the director of the Legislative Council Service, told committee members of the Legislative Finance Committee (LFC) May 19, 2011 that in his opinion two line-item vetoes made by Gov. Martinez violate the state’s constitution.

“Some of the governor’s vetoes seem to impinge on the legislature’s appropriation powers and plow new ground in a governor’s exercise of the veto authority,” said Burciaga.

That day, Gov. Martinez firmly said she disagreed.

“I could protest any governor doing this … it’s not partisan,” Sen. Stuart Ingle. “She’s a good governor … but it’s a little bit of stretch to do this.”

Burciaga testified that the veto Martinez made in unemployment bill H.B. 59 is part of a revenue bill and “did not authorize the expenditure of state money because that authorization was already in statute and not amended in this bill.” Burciaga said the veto is “unconstitutional and, hence, unenforceable.”

The second veto came when Gov. Martinez reduced an appropriation the legislature made to budget bill H.B. 2 from $150,000 to $50,000. Burciaga said that while state courts have not addressed the issue specifically, reducing “an item of appropriation is a legislative function that the governor has no power to do.”

“I think we need to challenge this in the courts,” Rep. Luciano “Lucky” Varela (D-Santa Fe) said.

“The main difficulty I have is changing the figure [from $150,000 down to $50,000 in HB2],” Ingle said, expressing concern that if the current partisan makeup of the Roundhouse were reversed, a future Democratic governor could assume greater power at the expense of the legislative branch. ”We just can’t go there.”[1][2]



See also: New Mexico House of Representatives elections, 2010

Saavedra won re-election to the 10th District Seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition and was unchallenged in the general election on November 2, 2010.[3]

New Mexico House of Representatives General Election, District 10 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Henry Saavedra (D) 4,084 100%


On November 4, 2008, Saavedra won re-election to the 10th District Seat in the New Mexico House of Representatives. Saavedra had no challenger. [4]

Campaign donors


In 2008, Saavedra raised $39,950 in contributions. [5]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
New Mexico Medical Society $1,500
New Mexico Hospital Association $1,500
Associated Contractors of New Mexico $1,500
New Mexico Realtors Association $1,500

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Political offices
Preceded by
New Mexico House of Representatives - District 10
1976 – present
Succeeded by