New Mexico Senate

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New Mexico State Senate
New Mexico State Legislature
Coat of arms or logo
Term limits
New session started
January 18, 2011
John Sanchez (R)
since January 1, 2011
Mary Kay Papen (D)
since January 15, 2013
Majority Leader
Michael Sanchez (D)
since January 18, 2005
Minority Leader
Stuart Ingle (R)
since January 16, 2007
Seats 42
Political groups
Democratic Party (25)
Republican Party (17)
Length of term
4 years
Authority Article IV, New Mexico Constitution
Salary None + per diem
Last election
November 6, 2012
(42 seats)
Next election
November 8, 2016
(42 seats)
Redistricting Legislative Control
Meeting place
State Senate Chamber
New Mexico State Capitol
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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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 25 17 42 0
Latest voting share 59.5% 40.5%


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

Current members[edit]

District Representative Party Residence First elected Counties represented Cities, Towns, and/or Indian Reservations represented
1 William Sharer Rep Farmington 2000 San Juan (part) Farmington
2 Steven Neville Rep Aztec 2004 San Juan (part) Aztec, Blanco, Bloomfield, Flora Vista
3 John Pinto Dem Gallup 1976 McKinley (part), San Juan (part) Gallup (part), Navajo Nation (part), Kirtland, Sheep Springs, Shiprock
4 George Munoz Dem Gallup 2008 Cibola (part), McKinley (part), San Juan (part) Black Rock, Church Rock, Gallup (part), Navajo, Navajo Nation (part), Newcomb, Ramah Navajo Indian Reservation, Thoreau, Zuni Indian Reservation (part), Zuni Pueblo (part)
5 Richard Martinez Dem Española 2000 Los Alamos (part), Rio Arriba (part), Sandoval (part), Santa Fe (part) Abiquiú, Chama, Dixon, Española, Jicarilla Apache Indian Reservation (part), Los Alamos, San Juan Indian Reservation, San Juan Pueblo, Santa Clara Indian Reservation (part), Santa Clara Pueblo, Tierra Amarilla
6 Carlos Cisneros Dem Questa 1984 Los Alamos (part), Rio Arriba (part), Santa Fe (part), Taos (part) Arroyo Seco, Chimayo, Nambé Indian Reservation, Nambé Pueblo, Peñasco, Picuris Indian Reservation, Picuris Pueblo, Pojoaque, Pojoaque Indian Reservation, Questa, Red River, San Ildefonso Indian Reservation, San Ildefonso Pueblo, Taos (part), Taos Indian Reservation, Taos Pueblo, White Rock
7 Pat Woods Rep Broadview 2012 Curry (part), Quay (part), Union Clayton, Clovis (part), Des Moines, Folsom, House, Melrose, Nara Visa, San Jon, Texico, Tucumcari
8 Pete Campos Dem Las Vegas 1991 Colfax, Guadalupe, Harding, Mora, Quay (part), San Miguel (part), Taos (part) Angel Fire, Cimarron, Eagle Nest, Las Vegas, Logan, Mora, Mosquero, Newkirk, Pastura, Raton, Roy, San Rafael, Santa Rosa, Springer, Taos (part), Tecolotito, Vaughn, Wagon Mound
9 John Sapien Dem Corrales 2008 Bernalillo (part), Sandoval (part) Algodones, Bernalillo, Corrales, Rio Rancho (part), Placitas, Sandia Indian Reservation (part), Sandia Pueblo
10 John Ryan Rep Los Ranchos de Albuquerque 2004 Bernalillo (part), Sandoval (part) Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, North Valley (part), Rio Rancho (part)
11 Linda M. Lopez Dem Albuquerque 1996 Bernalillo (part) Albuquerque (part), South Valley (part)
12 Jerry Ortiz y Pino Dem Albuquerque 2004 Bernalillo (part) Albuquerque (part), South Valley (part)
13 Bill O'Neill Dem Albuquerque 2012 Bernalillo (part) Albuquerque (part), North Valley (part)
14 Michael Padilla Dem Albuquerque 2012 Bernalillo (part) Albuquerque (part), South Valley (part)
15 Daniel Ivey-Soto Dem Albuquerque 2012 Bernalillo (part) Albuquerque (part)
16 Cisco McSorley Dem Albuquerque 1996 Bernalillo (part) Albuquerque (part)
17 Tim Keller Dem Albuquerque 2008 Bernalillo (part) Albuquerque (part)
18 Lisa Torraco Rep Albuquerque 2012 Bernalillo (part) Albuquerque (part)
19 Sue Beffort Rep Sandia Park 1996 Bernalillo (part), Sandoval (part), Santa Fe (part), Torrance (part) Albuquerque (part), Cedar Crest, Edgewood, Moriarty, San Felipe Indian Reservation (part), Sandia Park, Stanley, Tijeras
20 William Payne Rep Albuquerque 1996 Bernalillo (part) Albuquerque (part)
21 Mark Moores Rep Albuquerque 2012 Bernalillo (part) Albuquerque (part), Sandia Indian Reservation (part)
22 Benny Shendo Dem Jemez Pueblo 2012 Bernalillo (part), McKinley (part), Rio Arriba (part), San Juan (part), Sandoval (part) Cochiti Indian Reservation, Cochiti Lake, Cochiti Pueblo, Crownpoint, Cuba, Dulce, Isleta Indian Reservation (part), Jemez Indian Reservation, Jemez Pueblo, Jemez Springs, Jicarilla Apache Indian Reservation (part), Kewa Indian Reservation, Kewa Pueblo, Navajo Nation (part), Nageezi, Peña Blanca, Rio Rancho (part), San Felipe Indian Reservation (part), San Felipe Pueblo, San Ysidro, Santa Ana Indian Reservation, Santa Ana Pueblo, Santa Clara Indian Reservation (part), Tohajiilee Indian Reservation, Zia Pueblo
23 Sander Rue Rep Albuquerque 2008 Bernalillo (part) Albuquerque (part)
24 Nancy Rodriguez Dem Santa Fe 1996 Santa Fe (part) Agua Fria, Santa Fe (part)
25 Peter Wirth Dem Santa Fe 2004 Santa Fe (part) Eldorado, Glorieta, Santa Fe (part), Tesuque, Tesuque Indian Reservation
26 Jacob Candelaria Dem Albuquerque 2012 Bernalillo (part) Albuquerque (part)
27 Stuart Ingle Rep Portales 1984 Chaves (part), Curry (part), De Baca, Lea (part), Roosevelt Causey, Clovis (part), Dora, Elida, Floyd, Ft. Sumner, Portales, Roswell (part), Tatum
28 Howie Morales Dem Silver City 2008 Catron, Grant, Socorro (part) Magdalena, Quemado, Reserve, Silver City, Socorro
29 Michael Sanchez Dem Belen 1992 Bernalillo (part), Valencia (part) Belen, Isleta Indian Reservation (part), Isleta Pueblo, Jarales, Los Chaves, Los Lunas (part), Peralta (part), Rio Communities (part)
30 Clemente Sanchez Dem Grants 2012 Cibola (part), McKinley (part), Socorro (part), Valencia (part) Acoma Indian Reservation, Acoma Pueblo, Bosque Farms, Casa Colorada, Grants, Isleta Indian Reservation (part), Laguna Indian Reservation, Laguna Pueblo, Los Lunas (part), Peralta (part), Rio Communities (part), Zuni Indian Reservation (part), Zuni Pueblo (part)
31 Joseph Cervantes Dem Las Cruces 2012 Doña Ana (part) Anthony, Chaparral (part), La Union, Las Cruces (part), Santa Teresa, Sunland Park
32 Cliff Pirtle Rep Roswell 2012
33 William Burt Rep Alamogordo 2010
34 Ron Griggs Rep Alamogordo 2012
35 John Arthur Smith Dem Deming 1989
36 Lee Cotter Rep Las Cruces 2012
37 William Soules Dem Las Cruces 2012
38 Mary Kay Papen Dem Las Cruces 2000
39 Phil Griego Dem San Jose 1996
40 Craig Brandt Rep Rio Rancho 2012
41 Carroll Leavell Rep Jal 1996
42 Gay Kernan Rep Hobbs 2001

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