Gary King (politician)

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Gary King
Attorney General Gary King.jpg
30th Attorney General of New Mexico
Assumed office
January 1, 2007
Governor Bill Richardson
Susana Martinez
Preceded by Patricia Madrid
Personal details
Born Gary Kenneth King
(1954-09-29) September 29, 1954 (age 59)
Stanley, New Mexico, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Yolanda Jones King (1987–present)
Residence Moriarty, New Mexico, U.S.
Alma mater New Mexico State University,
Las Cruces

University of Colorado, Boulder
University of New Mexico,
Religion Christianity
Website Official website

Gary Kenneth King (born September 29, 1954) is an American attorney and politician. He is the Attorney General of New Mexico, first elected on November 7, 2006. His current term will end on January 1, 2015. He is a member of the Democratic Party. He is currently running for Governor in 2014.

King is the son of Bruce King, a three-time Governor of New Mexico.,[1] and Alice M. King. He attended New Mexico State University and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry in 1976. He received his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from University of Colorado at Boulder in 1980. He then attended the University of New Mexico School of Law, where he received his J.D. In 1984, King formed the law firm of King and Stanley in Moriarty, New Mexico; in 1990, he assumed the position of Corporate General Counsel and Senior Environmental Scientist with Advanced Sciences, Inc., an environmental consulting firm.

In 1998, King became the Policy Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in Washington, D.C. Within a year, he became the Department’s Director of the Office of Worker and Community Transition. While at the DOE, he developed and implemented a program fostering cooperation between federal, state, local and Native American governments to enhance cleanup activities.

King served for 12 years in the New Mexico House of Representatives.

In both 1989 and 1993, King, failed to vote for a minimum wage increase. King voted against a bill to raise the minimum wage from $3.35 to $3.80 in 1989, and to $4.25 in 1990. (House Bill 247, 1989). In 1993, King didn't show up to vote for the the minimum wage increase. (House Bill 627, 1993).[2]

In 1993, then State Representative Gary King cast the only “NO” vote against a bill to make it easier to collect back child support from parents who refused to support their children. (SB 693, 1993).[3]

In 1995, King missed a vote on a bill to strengthen child support enforcement. (HB 996, 1995)[4]

In 2004, King ran for New Mexico's 2nd congressional district seat, losing to incumbent Republican Steve Pearce by 60%-to-40%.

In 2006, King was elected Attorney General of New Mexico. He was re-elected in 2010, winning against Curry County District Attorney Matthew Chandler.

In 2010, “[Mary] Smith, [Melanie] Carver and [Lesley] Lowe filed their lawsuit... Two years earlier, they met with King to discuss their concerns and present a report showing they and other women were paid less than several less experienced male lawyers.”[5]

On March 2, 2011, King on behalf of the Respondent, New Mexico, argued before the United States Supreme Court in Bullcoming v. New Mexico.

On July 10, 2012, King officially announced that he was seeking the Democratic nomination for Governor of New Mexico. He was one of five candidates seeking the nomination to run against incumbent Susana Martinez.

On June 3, 2014, King won the New Mexico Democratic Primary for Governor, defeating the following candidates; Allen Webber, Lawrence Rael, Howie Morales and Linda Lopez. King will take on incumbent governor Susana Martinez in the General election.[6]

On June 18, 2014, King's second campaign manager, Steve Verzwyvelt, resigned after a Washington, D.C., online publication published an article about several controversial, sophomoric tweets Verzwyvelt had authored in recent years, many of which were offensive to women.[7]


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Preceded by
Diane Denish
Democratic nominee for Governor of New Mexico
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