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New Mexico Secretary of State
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2012 FY Budget:  $5,405,300
Term limits:  2 terms
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  New Mexico Constitution, Article V, Section I
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

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Name:  Dianna Duran
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  2011
Compensation:  $85,000
Next election:  November 4, 2014
Last election:  November 2, 2010
Other New Mexico Executive Offices
GovernorLieutenant GovernorSecretary of StateAttorney GeneralTreasurerAuditorCommissioner of Public LandsSecretary of EducationAgriculture SecretaryInsurance SuperintendentSecretary of Energy, Minerals and Natural ResourcesSecretary of Workforce SolutionsPublic Regulation CommissionPublic Education Commission
The Secretary of State for New Mexico is an elected state office, second in line of succession behind the governor and the lieutenant governor. When the governor and lieutenant governor are out of state, the secretary of state must fill in and perform all of the functions of the governor.

The secretary maintains records of bills signed into law, referendum petitions, and legislative journals, and ensures that proposed amendments to the New Mexico Constitution are published in at least one newspaper in every county in the state for four consecutive weeks, in both English and Spanish. The secretary also serves as registered agent for service of process for foreign corporations in some lawsuits.

The secretary of state is the keeper of the Great Seal of the State of New Mexico, and affixes the seal to all commissions issued in the name of the governor.

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Dianna Duran (R). On November 2, 2010, Duran became the first Republican in 80 years to win the New Mexico Secretary of State race.[1]


The state Constitution addresses the office of secretary of state in Article V, the Executive Department.

Under Article V, Section 1:

The executive department shall consist of a governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state auditor, state treasurer, attorney general and commissioner of public lands,...


Here is a list of the standard qualifications necessary under New Mexico State Law in order to be considered for the Office of Secretary of State:

  • No person shall be eligible to any office specified in Section One, hereof, unless he be:


New Mexico elects secretaries of state in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not Presidential election years. For New Mexico, 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018 are all secretary of state election years.

Electoral history


2006 Race for Secretary of State - Democratic Primary [2]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Mary Herrera 39.6%
     Democratic Party Stephanie V. Gonzales 28.9%
     Democratic Party Shirley Hooper 19.4%
     Democratic Party Letitia Montoya 12.1%
Total Votes 119,843
2006 Race for Secretary of State - General Election [3]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Mary Herrera 54.2%
     Republican Party Vickie S. Pera 45.8%
Total Votes 556,610


See also: New Mexico Secretary of State election, 2010

Democratic Primary

  • Mary Herrera ran unopposed in this contest

Republican Primary

General election

2010 Race for Secretary of State - General Election [5]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Dianna Duran 57.5%
     Democratic Party Mary Herrera 42.5%
Total Votes 594,170

Term limits

See also: States with gubernatorial term limits, State legislatures with term limits

As with other executive officers, the Secretary of State for New Mexico is a publicly elected official and is subject to term limits. These measures, as established in Article V, Section 1 of the New Mexico State Constitution, stipulate that after serving two consecutive terms in office, the official must be out of office for a full term before he/she is allowed to run again for the statewide position.


Per Article V, Section 5 of the New Mexico Constitution, in the event of a vacancy the governor fills the position by appointment. The appointee serves until the next general election.


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The Secretary of State's Office is composed of four divisions:

  • The Bureau of Elections administers elections and enforces local, state, and federal election laws. The bureau's duties include training county clerks and voting machine technicians, maintaining the state's voter registration database, filing petitions of candidacy for official running for election, and administering the Native American Election Information Program, which is a special program to help improve voter registration and voter turnout among the Native American populations within the state.
  • The Ethics Administrationregulates campaign finance and lobbying within the state, and provides ethics training to various parties involved in government.
  • The Information Systems Division maintains the secretary of state's computer systems, and assists the Bureau of Elections in the management of the voter registration system.
  • The Operations Division provides various administrative and business-related services to the people of New Mexico. This includes filing of security interests under the Uniform Commercial Code and the Food Security Act of 1985, registration of trademarks, formation of general partnerships, limited partnerships, and limited liability partnerships (in New Mexico, corporations and Limited liability companies are registered by the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission). This division is also responsible for licensing of notaries public and issuance of apostilles.

State budget

The budget for the Secretary of State's office in Fiscal Year 2012 was $5,405,300.[6]


In 2010, the New Mexico Secretary of State was paid an estimated $85,000 according to the Council of State Governments.[7]

Historical officeholders

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Contact information

Capitol Address:
New Mexico

Office of the Secretary of State
New Mexico State Capitol
325 Don Gaspar
Suite 300
Santa Fe, NM 87503

Phone: (505) 827-3600
Toll Free Phone: (800) 477-3632
Fax: (505) 827-3634
E-mail: nmsos@state.nm.us

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