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New Mexico State Senate


New Mexico State Senate

New Mexico State Senate
New Mexico State Legislature
Type Upper House
Term limits None
New session started January 18, 2011
President of the Senate John Sanchez, (R)
Since January 1, 2011
President pro Tempore Mary Kay Papen, (D)
Since January 20, 2009
Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, (D)
Since January 18, 2005
Minority Leader Stuart Ingle, (R)
Since January 16, 2007
Seats 42
Political groups Democratic Party (27)
Republican Party (15)
Length of term 4 years
Authority Article IV, New Mexico Constitution
Salary None + per diem
Last election November 4, 2008
(42 seats)
Next election November 6, 2012
(42 seats)
Redistricting Legislative Control
Meeting place
State Senate Chamber
New Mexico State Capitol
Santa Fe, New Mexico
New Mexico State Legislature

Template:Politics of New Mexico The New Mexico Senate is the upper house of the New Mexico State Legislature. The Senate consists of 42 members, with each senator representing an equal amount of single-member constituent districts across the state. All senatorial districts are divided to contain a population on average of 43,300 state residents. Members of the Senate are elected to four-year terms without term limits.

The Senate convenes at the New Mexico State Capitol building in Santa Fe.


The current makeup of the Senate for the 2009-2010 and 2011-2012 sessions is:

Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Democratic Republican Vacant
End 2010 24 18 42 0
2011-2012 27 15 42 0
Begin 2013 28 14 42 0
Latest voting share 66.7% 33.3%


Position Senator District
President/Lieutenant Governor John Sanchez
President pro tempore Mary Kay Papen 32
Majority Leader Michael Sanchez 29
Majority Whip Mary Jane Garcia 36
Minority Leader Stuart Ingle 27
Minority Whip William Payne 20

Current members

District Representative Party Residence First elected
1 William Sharer Rep Farmington 2000
2 Steven Neville Rep Aztec 2004
3 John Pinto Dem Gallup 1976
4 George Munoz Dem Gallup 2008
5 Richard Martinez Dem Española 2000
6 Carlos Cisneros Dem Questa 1984
7 John Patrick Woods Rep Broadview 2012
8 Pete Campos Dem Las Vegas 1991
9 John Sapien Dem Corrales 2008
10 John Ryan Rep Albuquerque 2004
11 Linda M. Lopez Dem Albuquerque 1996
12 Jerry Ortiz y Pino Dem Albuquerque 2004
13 Bill B. O'Neill Dem Albuquerque 2012
14 Michael Padilla Dem Albuquerque 2012
15 Daniel Ivey-Soto Dem Albuquerque 2012
16 Cisco McSorley Dem Albuquerque 1996
17 Tim Keller Dem Albuquerque 2008
18 Lisa Torraco Rep Albuquerque 2012
19 Sue Beffort Rep Sandia Park 1996
20 William Payne Rep Albuquerque 1996
21 Mark Moores Rep Albuquerque 2012
22 Benny J. Shendo, Jr. Dem Jemez Pueblo 2012
23 Sander Rue Rep Albuquerque 2008
24 Nancy Rodriguez Dem Santa Fe 1996
25 Peter Wirth Dem Santa Fe 2004
26 Jacob Candelaria Dem Albuquerque 2012
27 Stuart Ingle Rep Portales 1984
28 Howie Morales Dem Silver City 2008
29 Michael Sanchez Dem Belen 1992
30 Clemente Sanchez Dem Grants 2012
31 Joseph Cervantes Dem Las Cruces 2000
32 Cliff R. Pirtle Rep Roswell 2012
33 William F. Burt Rep Alamogordo 2010
34 Ron Griggs Rep Alamogordo 2012
35 John Arthur Smith Dem Deming 1999
36 Lee S. Cotter Rep Las Cruces 2012
37 William P. Soules Dem Las Cruces 2012
38 Mary Kay Papen Dem Las Cruces 2000
39 Phil Griego Dem San Jose 1996
40 Craig W. Brandt Rep Rio Rancho 2012
41 Carroll Leavell Rep Jal 1996
42 Gay Kernan Rep Hobbs 2001


External links

  • New Mexico Legislature Official government website
  • Project Vote Smart - State Senate of New Mexico

Template:Current New Mexico Senators

Coordinates: 35°40′57″N 105°56′23″W / 35.6825°N 105.9396°W / 35.6825; -105.9396

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