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John A. Sanchez
John A. Sanchez.jpg
Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico
In office
January 1, 2011 - Present
Term ends
Years in position 4
PredecessorDiane Denish (D)
Base salary$85,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$3,312,661
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New Mexico House of Representatives, District 15
2000 - 2002
Place of birthAlbuquerque, New Mexico
Office website
John A. Sanchez (b. 1963) is the current Republican Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico.[1] He is a former single-term member of the New Mexico House of Representatives and 2002 candidate for Governor of New Mexico.

In 2005, John was recognized as one of the Top 40 Most Influential Hispanics in the Country.

A February 2013 article in Governing named Sanchez as one of the top state Republican officials to watch in 2013.[2]


Sanchez is a native of Albuquerque, New Mexico. According to his office biography, Sanchez comes from a long line of politicians and public servants, dating back to 1860, when his great, great grandfather served as territorial legislator from San Miguel County.

He and wife, Debra Sanchez, are the founders of a small company called Right Way Roofing, that has twice earned the title Small Business of the Year by the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce.Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; invalid names, e.g. too many[1]

In 2004, Sanchez served as the South-West Regional Chair for George W. Bush's Presidential Campaign.[3]

Political career

Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico (2011-present)

Sanchez was sworn in as New Mexico's 31st lieutenant governor on January 1, 2011.

New Mexico House of Representatives (2000-2002)

Sanchez served one term in the New Mexico House of Representatives, representing district 15, from 2000 to 2002. He ran unsuccessfully for Governor of New Mexico in 2002.[3][4]

Councilman (1997-2000)

Sanchez was first elected to public office in 1997 as Councilman for the Village of Los Ranchos, New Mexico.



See also: New Mexico lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2014

Sanchez is eligible to run for re-election as New Mexico Lieutenant Governor in 2014. He has not yet made his intentions in the race known.


On May 24, 2011, Sanchez announced he was running for the seat that Jeff Bingaman was about to vacate in the US Senate.[5]

“It would be immoral to watch the federal government keep spending more money than it’s taking in,” Sanchez said. “That’s why I’m announcing my candidacy.”[5]

The 48-year-old sought to wrest the GOP nomination from former Congresswoman Heather Wilson and two "dark horse" Republican candidates, Greg Sowards of Las Cruces and Bill English of Alamogordo. Wilson had been assiduously racking up endorsements from big-name Republicans across the state in months leading up to this announcement.[5]

“This really isn’t the time for that,” Sanchez said, “this is the time for me to announce my candidacy. We’ve got almost a year to go before the election.”[5]

Sanchez dropped out of the race on February 9, 2012.[6]


See also: New Mexico lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2010 and Lieutenant Governor elections, 2010

Sanchez defeated Kent Cravens and Brian Moore in the June 1 primary, winning with 39.71% of the vote. He faced Brian S. Colón (R) in the general election on November 2, 2010 won the election for Lieutenant Governor and was officially sworn in on January 1st, 2011 along with Governor Suzanna Martinez.

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Sanchez is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Sanchez raised a total of $3,312,661 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 21, 2013.[7]

John A. Sanchez's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 NM Lieutenant Governor Not up for election $-109,913
2010 NM Lieutenant Governor Won $503,045
2002 NM Governor Defeated $2,919,529
Grand Total Raised $3,312,661


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Sanchez currently resides in his hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico with his wife, Debra and their two children.[3]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Diane Denish (D)
Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico
2011 - present
Succeeded by