Gary L. Clingman

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Gary L. Clingman
Associate Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court
In office
April 30, 2018 – December 31, 2018
Appointed bySusana Martinez
Preceded byEdward L. Chávez
Succeeded byMichael E. Vigil
Judge of the 5th Judicial District Court of New Mexico
In office
1997 – April 29, 2018
Personal details
Born (1951-09-21) September 21, 1951 (age 68)
Hobbs, New Mexico, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationUniversity of Texas at Austin, (B.A.)
Texas Tech University School of Law, (J.D.)

Gary L. Clingman (born September 21, 1951) is a former Associate Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court.


Clingman received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin and his Juris Doctor from Texas Tech University School of Law.[1]

Legal career[edit]

He served as an attorney for a private firm for more than 12 years.[2]

State judicial service[edit]

Clingman was appointed as a district judge in 1997. He was the Chief Judge of the Fifth Judicial District from 2006–2018.[3]

Teaching career[edit]

Clingman has served as an instructor and facilitator at the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada, and is pursuing his postgraduate degree in Judicial Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno.[3]

Service on New Mexico Supreme Court[edit]

In April 2018 Clingman was one of two names submitted to the governor to fill the seat vacated by the retirement of Justice Edward L. Chávez.[4] On April 6, 2018 Governor Susana Martinez announced his appointment to the New Mexico Supreme Court.[5] He was sworn in on April 30, 2018.[6][7] His term ended on December 31, 2018.

Personal life[edit]

Clingman is a registered Republican.


  1. ^ "Hon. Gary L. Clingman Judge Profile on". Retrieved 2018-10-01.
  2. ^ "Governor Appoints Judge Gary L. Clingman To New Mexico Supreme Court". Los Alamos Daily Post. 2018-04-09. Retrieved 2018-10-01.
  3. ^ a b "New Mexico Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission - Judge Evaluation". Retrieved 2018-10-01.
  4. ^ "Commission nominates 2 for New Mexico Supreme Court seat". Santa Fe New Mexican. Retrieved 2018-10-01.
  5. ^ "Governor Susana Martinez Appoints Judge Gary L. Clingman to the New Mexico Supreme Court" (PDF) (Press release). Santa Fe, New Mexico. April 6, 2018. Retrieved 2018-10-01.
  6. ^ "Justice Joins New Mexico Supreme Court". 2018-05-01. Retrieved 2018-10-01.
  7. ^ Boetel, Ryan. "New state Supreme Court justice takes oath of office". Retrieved 2018-10-01.

Legal offices
Preceded by
Edward L. Chávez
Associate Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court
Succeeded by
Michael E. Vigil

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