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New Mexico State Auditor
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2012 FY Budget:  $2,212,200
Term limits:  Two consecutive terms
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  New Mexico Constitution, Article V, Section I
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Hector Balderas.jpg
Name:  Hector Balderas
Officeholder Party:  Democratic
Assumed office:  2006
Compensation:  $85,000
Next election:  November 4, 2014
Last election:  November 2, 2010
Other New Mexico Executive Offices
GovernorLieutenant GovernorSecretary of StateAttorney GeneralTreasurerAuditorSecretary of EducationAgriculture SecretaryInsurance SuperintendentSecretary of Energy, Minerals and Natural ResourcesSecretary of Workforce SolutionsPublic Regulation CommissionPublic Education Commission

The New Mexico Auditor is an elected constitutional state executive officer in the New Mexico state government.

The Auditor's office is responsible for thoroughly examining and auditing the financial affairs of every agency each year through financial and special audits.

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Hector Balderas (D). He was first elected in 2006.


The state Constitution addresses the office of state auditor 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,...


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

Term limits

The State Auditor is limited to serving two consecutive four-year terms.


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.

State budget

The budget for the State Auditor's Office in Fiscal Year 2012 was $2,212,200.[1]


In 2010, the New Mexico State Auditor was paid an estimated $85,000 according to the Council of State Governments.[2]

Contact information

2540 Camino Edward Ortiz, Suite A
Santa Fe, NM 87507
Phone: 505-476-3800
Fax: 505-827-3512
Email: Lisa.Collins@osa.state.nm.us

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