Mary Herrera

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Mary Herrera
21st New Mexico Secretary of State
In office
January 1st, 2007 – December 31st, 2010
Preceded by Rebecca Vigil-Giron
Succeeded by Dianna Duran
Personal details
Born (1959-08-27) August 27, 1959 (age 55)
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Political party Democratic
Alma mater College of Santa Fe (now Santa Fe University of Art and Design)
Religion Christian

Mary Herrera is an American politician, who is the former New Mexico Secretary of State, being first elected in 2006 and leaving office in 2011 after being defeated in her re-election bid.

A native of Albuquerque, Herrera graduated from West Mesa High School in 1977. She received both her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Business Administration from the College of Santa Fe (now Santa Fe University of Art and Design). She has also received a Certificate of Program Administration for Senior Executives from Harvard University and Certificates in Labor, Employment, and Benefits Law from the Institute for Applied Management.[1]

Prior to being elected Secretary, Herrera held many offices within the Bernalillo County government holding positions as typist, Assistant Comptroller and Director of Human Resources. In 2000, she was elected county clerk of Bernalillo county and re-elected in 2004.

Mary Herrera was the first sitting Democrat Secretary of State to lose the office to a Republican in 80 years. Herrera lost by 90,000 votes, a margin greater than any other NM race in the 2010 election.

Under New Mexico law, at the time of her tenure Herrera was second in line of succession for governor after former Lieutenant Governor Diane Denish, who lost a bid for Governor.[2]


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Political offices
Preceded by
Rebecca Vigil-Giron
New Mexico Secretary of State
Succeeded by
Dianna Duran