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The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission is a state executive position in the New Mexico state government.

Current officeholder

The current Chairman is Patrick H. Lyons. Lyons, a Republican, was first elected in 2010. Theresa Becenti-Aguilar serves as vice-chair.

Commissioners include Jason A. Marks and Ben L. Hall.

Jerome D. Block resigned as commissioner on October 6, 2011 after pleading guilt to two felonies - credit card fraud and identity theft of another agency employee. Gov. Susana Martinez will chose a replacement for the next 14 months, and has narrowed the field down to 5.[1] In November 2012 voters will elect somebody to represent the district for the following four years.[2]


The state Constitution addresses the creation of the Public Regulation Commission in Article XI, Corporations Other Than Municipal.

Under Article XI, Section 1:

The "public regulation commission" is created. The commission shall consist of five members elected from districts provided by law...


As outlined in Article XI of the New Mexico Constitution, commissioners are elected to staggered four-year terms beginning January 1 following their election.

Term limits

Commissioners are limited to serving two consecutive terms.


In 2010, the New Mexico Public Regulation Commissioners were paid an estimated $90,000 according to the Council of State Governments.[3]


An investigation in August 2011 found a series of questionable charges made to Commissioner Jerome Block's state-issued gas card, totaling over $8,000 during the first six months of the year.[4] On the heels of that revelation came charges alleging Block drove a car off of a sales lot to take it to a mechanic and never returned it. He was also found to be driving on a suspended license.[5]

On August 12 the commission removed Block from his position as vice-chair. They, along with many other state officials, have called on Block to resign. If he does not, State Speaker of the House Ben Lujan, Sr. said he would form a committee to discuss Block's possible impeachment. Block and his father also have pending criminal charges against them for alleged misuse of public campaign money in 2008.[6]

Contact information

1120 Paseo De Peralta
P.O. Box 1269
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87504
Phone: (505) 827-4531

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