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|27th Mayor of Albuquerque|
December 1, 1997 – November 30, 2001
|Preceded by||Martin Chávez|
|Succeeded by||Martin Chávez|
|23rd New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands|
January 1, 1991 – May 19, 1993
|Preceded by||W. R. Humphries|
|Succeeded by||Ray Powell|
|21st New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands|
January 1, 1983 – January 1, 1987
|Preceded by||Alex J. Armijo|
|Succeeded by||W. R. Humphries|
September 6, 1945 |
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Baca was twice elected New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands, serving from 1983 to 1986 and again from 1991 to 1993. That year, he was appointed Director of the Bureau of Land Management in the administration of Bill Clinton, but was fired the next year amidst tensions with Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt and Western state governors.
Baca had made unsuccessful runs for Mayor of Albuquerque and the United States House of Representatives in 1985 and 1988. He challenged incumbent Governor of New Mexico Bruce King in the 1994 Democratic gubernatorial primary, but came third behind King and Lieutenant Governor Casey Luna. He was elected Albuquerque Mayor in 1997, but finished a distant fourth place in the 2001 mayoral election, won by his predecessor Martin Chávez. He ran to reclaim his previous position as Public Land Commissioner in 2006, narrowly winning the Democratic primary, but losing the general election to incumbent Republican Patrick H. Lyons. He then served as state Natural Resource Trustee until his retirement in 2009.
- "BLM chief Jim Baca leaves amidst cheers and boos". High Country News. February 21, 1994. Retrieved November 4, 2014.
- "Jim Baca says the Department of Interior is in deep trouble". High Country News. February 21, 1994. Retrieved November 4, 2014.
- "Our Campaigns - Jim Baca". Retrieved November 4, 2014.
- "Baca steps down as natural resources trustee". Albuquerque Business First. December 22, 2009. Retrieved November 4, 2014.
- Fray Angélico Chávez, Origins of New Mexico Families: A Genealogy of the Spanish Colonial Period, rev. ed. (Santa Fe: Museum of New Mexico, 1992)
- Only in New Mexico – Baca's blog
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