Howie Morales

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Howie Morales
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30th Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico
Assumed office
January 1, 2019
GovernorMichelle Lujan Grisham
Preceded byJohn Sanchez
Member of the New Mexico Senate
from the 28th district
In office
January 9, 2008 – January 1, 2019
Preceded byBen D. Altamirano
Succeeded byGabriel Ramos[1]
Personal details
Born (1973-01-05) January 5, 1973 (age 46)
Silver City, New Mexico, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Teresa Arizaga (Divorced)
EducationWestern New Mexico
(BS, MA)
New Mexico State University,
Las Cruces

Henry C. "Howie" Morales (born January 5, 1973)[2] is an American politician and member of the Democratic Party who currently serves as the 30th lieutenant governor of New Mexico, since January 1, 2019. He previously served as a member of the New Mexico Senate, representing the 28th District which includes Catron, Grant, and Socorro counties from 2008 to 2019.

Early life and education[edit]

Morales attended Silver High in Silver City, New Mexico and graduated in 1991. His father, a Vietnam veteran worked in a copper mine and his mother worked multiple hourly-wage jobs. Morales began his first job as a teenager to provide for his parents and later worked as a shoe salesman and maintenance worker.[3] He earned a Bachelor of Science degree, and in 1998 a Master of Art degree in Bilingual Special Education from Western New Mexico University. Morales earned a Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a dual emphasis in computer learning technologies and management and leadership from New Mexico State University in 2007.

Earlier career[edit]

Morales began his professional career in 1995 as a special education teacher for the Silver Consolidated School District. From 2001 to 2005, he was the transition coordinator and head baseball coach for the Cobre Consolidated School District. As an educator he founded the Silver High School Fellowship of Christian Athletes Chapter in addition to serving as student council sponsor for Silver and Cobre High Schools. He was also named the New Mexico Activities Director of student councils and New Mexico LULAC educator of the year in 2005.

Morales is currently the longest serving volunteer member of the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Grant County. He was co-director of the "Best of the West" 3-on-3 basketball tournament, director of the Grant County Men's Basketball League, Silver City Moose Lodge Men's Fall Hardball League and Grant County Senior Citizen Softball Classic. He is a member of the St. Francis Newman Center, LULAC organization, Grant County Community Health Council, Gila Regional Foundation Board, Silver City Moose Lodge, Casa Mia Board of Directors, and chairman of the Bataan Memorial Park Steering Committee and Silver City Kiwanis Club.[4]

Early political career[edit]

Morales was elected to County Clerk in Grant County in 2005. As County Clerk, he oversaw the transition from 1242 outdated voting machines to newer Edge Touch Screen Machines. He also created a Bureau of Election Department within the Clerk's office.

New Mexico Senate[edit]

On December 27, 2007, New Mexico State Senator Ben D. Altamirano died of a heart attack. On January 9, 2008, Governor Bill Richardson appointed Morales to the vacant position that Altamirano held since 1971. According to Socorro County Commission Chairman Jay Santillanes, "Morales was personally recommended by the Altamirano family to fill Ben Altamirano's term. Altamirano's wife, Nina, had considered putting her name in for the position, but decided against it."[5]

Morales ran for the office that he was appointed to in the 2008 general elections and defeated Republican Joseph Gros, 9,561 to 4,019, to retain his seat.[6]

In October 2013, Morales officially announced his running for office for the governor of New Mexico.

After losing the democratic nomination in that year to state attorney general Gary King, Morales continued to serve as a State Senator in his district.[7]

Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico[edit]

In December 2017, Morales announced his candidacy for the office of the Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico.[8] On June 5, 2018, Morales defeated former Majority Leader of the New Mexico House of Representatives Rick Miera and Doña Ana County Commissioner Billy Garrett. Morales received 47.1% of the vote, and won all but 3 counties.[9][10]


  1. ^ McKay, Dan (January 16, 2019). "Ramos appointed to NM Senate". Albuquerque Journal.
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Meet Howie". Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  4. ^ Western New Mexico 2007 Fall Commencement Convocation
  5. ^ "Morales a nominee to finish Altamirano's term," El Defensor Chieftain, retrieved online on December 21, 2008
  6. ^ "Democrats run the table in Grant County," Silver City Daily Press, Online Edition, retrieved on December 21, 2008 Silver City Daily Press, "Democrats run the table in Grant County".
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ "District 28 Senator Howie Morales will run for Lieutenant Governor in 2018". Silver City Sun-News. Retrieved 2019-01-19.
  9. ^ "New Mexico Election Results". Retrieved 2019-01-19.
  10. ^ Almukhtar, Sarah; Bloch, Matthew; Lee, Jasmine C. (2018-06-05). "New Mexico Primary Election Results". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-01-19.

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Political offices
Preceded by
John Sanchez
Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico