David W. King

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David W. King
25th Treasurer of New Mexico
In office
January 1, 1991 – January 1, 1995
GovernorBruce King
Preceded byJames B. Lewis
Succeeded byMichael A. Montoya
New Mexico
Public Regulation Commissioner

from the 2nd district
In office
January 1, 2003 – January 1, 2011
Preceded byRory McMinn
Succeeded byPatrick H. Lyons
Personal details
Born (1946-06-28) June 28, 1946 (age 73)[1]
Political partyRepublican (since 1995)
Other political
Democratic (until 1995)
RelationsBruce King (uncle)
Gary King (cousin)
ResidenceSandia Park, New Mexico[2]
Alma materNew Mexico State University (B.A., M.A.)[2]

David W. King (born June 28, 1946) is an American politician from New Mexico. Beginning his career as a member of the Democratic Party, he changed affiliation to the Republican Party in 1995. He was the nephew of Bruce King, a three-time Governor of New Mexico.[3]


In 1980, incumbent Democratic Congressman Harold L. Runnels of New Mexico's 2nd district died of cancer, three months before the general election. The state Democratic committee chose King to replace him on the ballot over Dorothy Runnels, the late Congressman's widow. King, however, had only moved his voter registration into the district ten days after Runnels' death. In protest, Dorothy Runnels waged a write-in campaign, as did Republican Joe Skeen, who was denied ballot access after taking his case to the state Supreme Court. On election day, Skeen won with 38% of the vote, with King and Runnels finishing with 34% and 28%, respectively.[3][4][5]

King served in the administrations of New Mexico Governors Bruce King and Toney Anaya in various positions, including director of state planning (1971–1975), secretary of finance and administration (1979–1981), and secretary of general services (1983–1986). In addition, on the federal level, he was state director for the Farmers Home Administration from 1977 to 1978.[1][2] In 1986, he was appointed deputy state treasurer under Treasurer James B. Lewis before he was elected to succeed Lewis in 1990. He ran for re-election in 1994, but lost to Michael A. Montoya in the Democratic primary.[6]

In the private sector, King co-founded a real estate brokerage and was chief financial officer of New Mexico State University's Alamogordo branch. He was village administrator of Angel Fire, New Mexico before he was ousted by Mayor Barbara Cottam, who claimed he failed to meet the demands of the job. He was a board member of South Central Colfax County Special Hospital District and the New Mexico Osteopathic Foundation.[1]

In 2002, King ran for New Mexico Public Regulation Commissioner from the 2nd district, defeating incumbent Rory McMinn, appointed to the commission by Governor Gary Johnson to fill a vacancy, 53-47% in the Republican primary, and winning the general election unopposed.[7] He was re-elected in 2006 over his Democratic opponent and was chosen to be vice chairman of the Commission in 2009.[2] In 2007, a jury awarded a former PRC employee $841,842 in damages in response to a suit accusing King of sexual harassment and other PRC officials of retaliating against her for complaining about King's behavior. The state also settled claims from three women who filed sexual harassment suits when he was state treasurer, totaling $305,000.[8]


  1. ^ a b c Rayburn, Rosalie (May 13, 2002). "The Candidates – District 2". Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved January 17, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d (News Release: January 9, 2009) NMPRC Elects Jones and King as Chairman and Vice Chairman – New Mexico Public Regulation Commission. Retrieved January 17, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Rudin, Ken (August 23, 2006). "What Happens If Lieberman Wins?". NPR. Retrieved January 17, 2019.
  4. ^ "[1]". United Press International. November 5, 1980. Retrieved January 17, 2019.
  5. ^ "NM District 02 - November 4, 1980". Our Campaigns. Retrieved January 17, 2019.
  6. ^ Heild, Colleen (October 30, 2005). "Treasurer's Office Has a Corrupt Past". Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved January 17, 2019.
  7. ^ "NM Public Regulation Commissioner 02 - R primary - June 4, 2002". Our Campaigns. Retrieved January 17, 2019.
  8. ^ Vela, Vic (November 27, 2007). "Jury Awards Ex-PRC Worker $841K". Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved January 17, 2019.
Political offices
Preceded by
James B. Lewis
Treasurer of New Mexico
Succeeded by
Michael A. Montoya