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John Sánchez

John Sánchez
29th Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico
Assumed office
January 1, 2011
Governor Susana Martinez
Preceded by Diane Denish
Member of the New Mexico House of Representatives
from the 15th district
In office
January 1, 2001 – January 1, 2003
Preceded by Raymond G. Sanchez
Succeeded by Teresa Zanetti
Personal details
Born 1963 (age 51–52)
Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Debra Sánchez
Religion Roman Catholicism

John A. Sánchez (born 1963) is an American politician and the 29th Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico after winning the general election on November 2, 2010.[1]


  • Early life, education, and early career 1
  • New Mexico House of Representatives 2
    • 2000 election 2.1
    • Tenure 2.2
    • Committee assignments 2.3
  • Campaigns for higher office 3
    • 2002 gubernatorial election 3.1
    • 2010 gubernatorial election 3.2
    • 2012 U.S. Senate election 3.3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Early life, education, and early career

John Sánchez, the youngest of eight children, was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico's North Valley. Sanchez's great, great grandfather was a territorial legislator in 1860, and his grandfather served as a state representative in 1930. In 1997, Sanchez was elected Trustee for the Village of Los Ranchos and later served in the New Mexico House of Representatives from 2000-2002.

Sánchez, a one-time flight attendant and real estate agent,[2] started Right Way Roofing, a small business in Albuquerque, after high school. In 1993, Right Way Roofing was named Small Business of the Year by the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce.

New Mexico House of Representatives

2000 election

Sanchez was elected to the New Mexico House of Representatives, defeating 30-year incumbent and Speaker of the House Raymond Sanchez, 51%-49%, a difference of just 206 votes.


He only served one term, representing Bernalillo County.[3]


He proposed significant education reform that included vouchers for charter schools.[4]

Government reform

In 2001, he sponsored a bill that would create term limits for the New Mexico Legislature.[5]

Committee assignments

  • Appropriations & Finance
  • Business & Industry
  • Consumer & Public Affairs[6]
  • Education[7]
  • Judiciary[8]
  • Labor & Human Resources
  • Taxation & Revenue[9]

Campaigns for higher office

2002 gubernatorial election

Primary Election

On June 5, 2002, Sánchez received 59% of the vote in a four-way Republican primary election for Governor of New Mexico.[10]

General Election

Sánchez was defeated in the general election by Democratic gubernatorial nominee Bill Richardson (55% to 39%).[11]

2010 gubernatorial election

Primary Election

On June 1, 2010, Sánchez received 39.6% of the vote in a three-way Republican primary election for Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico.[12]

General Election

On November 2, 2010, Governor Susana Martinez and Lieutenant Governor John Sánchez were elected in the general election by a margin of 53% to 47%.[13]

2012 U.S. Senate election

On May 24, 2011, Sanchez announced his candidacy for the United States Senate seat being vacated by Democratic Senator Jeff Bingaman in 2012.[14]

Also on May 24, 2011, Governor of New Mexico Susana Martinez stated that she would restrict Sanchez's activities to only those required by the Constitution of the State of New Mexico. In a press release, the Governor stated, "To prevent this race from becoming a distraction, Lt. Governor Sanchez will not be given responsibilities in my administration beyond the select few provided for in the state Constitution." [15]

Following the June 30, 2011 Federal Election Commission deadline, the Sánchez campaign reported having raised $312,000 during the period.[16] Of that amount, Sanchez loaned himself $200,000. He raised a total of $126,000 from 78 individuals and six Limited liability company (LLCs).[17]

The FEC sent the Sánchez campaign a letter indicating that his July Quarterly Report included "one or more contributions that appear to exceed the limits" of federal law.[18] Sanchez accepted two donations from a Limited Liability Company in addition to donations from the LLC's owner.

Sánchez's campaign raised $164,059.79 in contributions[19] other than loans during the third quarter,[20] compared to $231,144.00 raised by Greg Sowards[21] and $532,228.18 raised by Heather Wilson.[22] New Mexico political blogger Heath Haussamen concluded that Sanchez "hasn’t proven that he can raise or spend the money to compete."[23] National Journal included Sanchez in its "Losers" section for Senate fundraising during the quarter.[19] Sanchez latest disclosure [20] shows that his campaign has raised a net of $31,293 ($248,898 latest cash on hand; $217,605 debts owed), compared to Sowards'[21] -$366,869 ($496,732 cash on hand; $863,601 debts owed) and Wilson's[22] $952,898 ($952,898 cash on hand; $0 debts owed).

The Sánchez campaign received an endorsement from U.S. Senator Rand Paul in late September 2011.[24] Paul's endorsement was announced quickly after Sanchez's primary election opponent, Greg Sowards, announced his own endorsement from Tea Party icon and former Nevada U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle.[25]

Sánchez withdrew his Senate bid on February 9, 2012.[26]


  1. ^ Reichbach, Matthew. Sanchez wins GOP lieutenant governor race, New Mexico Independent, June 1, 2010.
  2. ^ "N.M.'s Top Post Part of the Dream". Retrieved 2011-07-18. 
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  10. ^ "New Mexico Official 2002 Election Results for GOVERNOR OF NEW MEXICO". 1999-11-03. Retrieved 2011-06-27. 
  11. ^ "New Mexico Official 2002 Election Results for GOVERNOR OF NEW MEXICO". 1999-11-03. Retrieved 2011-06-27. 
  12. ^ "Canvass of Returns of Primary Election Held on June 1, 2010 – State of New Mexico". June 2010. Retrieved 2012-05-14. 
  13. ^ "Canvass of Returns of General Election Held on November 2, 2010 – State of New Mexico". November 2010. Retrieved 2012-05-14. 
  14. ^ "Lt. Gov. Sanchez announces Senate bid". 2011-05-24. Retrieved 2011-06-27. 
  16. ^ "Sanchez trails Wilson in fundraising for NM Senate seat". 2011-07-18. Retrieved 2011-08-01. 
  17. ^ "JOHN SANCHEZ FOR US SENATE". 2011-07-15. Retrieved 2011-08-01. 
  18. ^ "JULY QUARTERLY REPORT (04/01/2011 - 06/30/2011)". Federal Election Commission. 2011-10-06. Retrieved 2011-10-27. 
  19. ^ a b "Third Quarter Fundraising Winners And Losers: Senate Edition". National Journal. 2011-10-17. Retrieved 2011-08-15. 
  20. ^ a b "Candidate (S2NM00104) Summary Reports – 2011–2012 Cycle". Federal Election Commission. 2011-06-30. Retrieved 2011-08-15. 
  21. ^ a b "Candidate (S2NM00070) Summary Reports – 2011–2012 Cycle". Federal Election Commission. 2011-06-30. Retrieved 2011-08-15. 
  22. ^ a b "Candidate (S8NM00168) Summary Reports – 2011–2012 Cycle". Federal Election Commission. 2011-06-30. Retrieved 2011-08-15. 
  23. ^ "Frontrunners clear in Senate race, not in CD1". 2011-10-17. Retrieved 2011-08-15. 
  24. ^ "Rand Paul endorses John Sanchez for Senate". Santa Fe Reporter. 2011-09-27. Retrieved 2011-09-28. 
  25. ^ "Sharron Angle endorses in New Mexico Senate race". The Hill. 2011-09-27. Retrieved 2011-09-28. 
  26. ^ "Republican John Sanchez Drops New Mexico Senate Bid". Roll Call. 2012-02-09. Retrieved 2012-03-08. 

External links

  • John Sanchez for Senate
  • John Sanchez for Lt. Governor of New Mexico
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