Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico
|Lt. Governor of the State of New Mexico|
|Term length||Four years|
|First holder||Ezequiel Cabeza De Baca|
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The Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico is an elected official in the state of New Mexico that ranks just below the Governor of New Mexico. The Lieutenant Governor is the first person in the order of succession of New Mexico's executive branch, thus serving as Governor in the event of the death, resignation, removal, impeachment, absence from the state, or incapacity due to illness of the Governor of New Mexico. The lieutenant governor is elected on a ticket with the governor for a four-year term. This position was first filled by Ezequiel Cabeza De Baca on January 6, 1912, the year that New Mexico became a state.
While governor and lieutenant governor are elected on the same ticket in the general election, the offices run separately in primary elections. The last lieutenant governor to succeed the governorship was Tom Bolack, following the resignation of Edwin L. Mechem on November 30, 1962. Ezequiel Cabeza De Baca is the only lieutenant governor to be elected as governor in a later term.
Previously, the New Mexico State Constitution did not allow for the nomination of a replacement for Lieutenant Governor after the Governor's office was succeeded; this is the reason the Governor number is higher than the Lieutenant Governor. Section 16 of Article VI of the New Mexico State Constitution (added on November 4, 2008) gives the Governor the power to nominate a replacement for Lieutenant Governor upon confirmation of the nominee by a majority of the New Mexico State Senate.
List of Lieutenant Governors of New Mexico
Since admission into the Union, New Mexico has had 27 lieutenant governors, two of whom have served non-consecutive terms.
|#||Lt. Governor||Took office||Left office||Party||Governor(s) served with||Years in office|
|1||Ezequiel Cabeza De Baca||January 6, 1912||January 1, 1917||Democrat||William C. McDonald||5[note 1]|
|2||Washington E. Lindsey||January 1, 1917||February 18, 1917||Republican||Ezequiel Cabeza De Baca||1 1⁄6[note 2]|
|vacant||February 18, 1917||January 1, 1919||Washington E. Lindsey|
|3||Benjamin F. Pankey||January 1, 1919||January 1, 1921||Republican||Octaviano Ambrosio Larrazolo||2|
|4||William H. Duckworth||January 1, 1921||January 1, 1923||Republican||Merritt C. Mechem||2|
|5||José A. Baca||January 1, 1923||May 1924||Democrat||James F. Hinkle||1 1⁄3[note 3]|
|vacant||May 1924||January 1, 1925||James F. Hinkle|
|6||Edward G. Sargent||January 1, 1925||January 1, 1929||Republican||Arthur T. Hannett||4|
|Richard C. Dillon|
|7||Hugh B. Woodward||January 1, 1929||July 1929||Republican||Richard C. Dillon||1⁄2[note 4]|
|vacant||July 1929||January 1, 1931||Richard C. Dillon|
|8||Andrew W. Hockenhull||January 1, 1931||September 25, 1933||Democrat||Arthur Seligman||2 3⁄4[note 5]|
|vacant||September 25, 1933||January 1, 1935||Andrew W. Hockenhull|
|9||Louis Cabeza de Baca||January 1, 1935||January 1, 1937||Democrat||Clyde Tingley||2|
|10||Hiram M. Dow||January 1, 1937||January 1, 1939||Democrat||Clyde Tingley||2|
|11||James Murray, Sr.||January 1, 1939||January 1, 1941||Democrat||John E. Miles||2|
|12||Ceferino Quintana||January 1, 1941||January 1, 1943||Democrat||John E. Miles||2|
|13||James B. Jones||January 1, 1943||January 1, 1947||Democrat||John J. Dempsey||4|
|14||Joseph Montoya||January 1, 1947||January 1, 1951||Democrat||Thomas J. Mabry||4|
|15||Tibo J. Chávez||January 1, 1951||January 1, 1955||Democrat||Edwin L. Mechem||4|
|16||Joseph Montoya||January 1, 1955||April 1957||Democrat||John F. Simms||2 1⁄3[note 6]|
|Edwin L. Mechem|
|vacant||April 1957||January 1, 1959||Edwin L. Mechem|
|17||Ed V. Mead||January 1, 1959||January 1, 1961||Democrat||John Burroughs||2|
|18||Tom Bolack||January 1, 1961||November 30, 1962||Democrat||Edwin L. Mechem||1 5⁄6[note 7]|
|vacant||November 30, 1962||January 1, 1963||Tom Bolack|
|19||Mack Easley||January 1, 1963||January 1, 1967||Democrat||Jack M. Campbell||4|
|20||Elias Lee Francis II||January 1, 1967||January 1, 1971||Republican||David Cargo||4|
|21||Roberto Mondragón||January 1, 1971||January 1, 1975||Democrat||Bruce King||4|
|22||Robert E. Ferguson||January 1, 1975||January 1, 1979||Democrat||Jerry Apodaca||4|
|23||Roberto Mondragón||January 1, 1979||January 1, 1983||Democrat||Bruce King||4|
|24||Mike Runnels||January 1, 1983||January 1, 1987||Democrat||Toney Anaya||4|
|25||Jack L. Stahl||January 1, 1987||January 1, 1991||Republican||Garrey Carruthers||4|
|26||Casey Luna||January 1, 1991||January 1, 1995||Democrat||Bruce King||4|
|27||Walter D. Bradley||January 1, 1995||January 1, 2003||Republican||Gary Johnson||8|
|28||Diane D. Denish||January 1, 2003||January 1, 2011||Democrat||Bill Richardson||8[note 8]|
|29||John A. Sanchez||January 1, 2011||Incumbent||Republican||Susana Martinez|
Living former U.S. Lieutenant Governors of New Mexico
As of February 2015[update], six former U.S. lieutenant governors of New Mexico were alive. The most recent death of a former U.S. lieutenant governor of New Mexico was that of Mike Runnels (served 1983–1987, born 1945) on February 5, 2015.
|Lt. Governor||Lt. Gubernatorial term||Date of birth|
|Robert E. Ferguson||1975–1979||August 5, 1925|
|July 27, 1940|
|Jack L. Stahl||1987–1991||June 28, 1934|
|Casey Luna||1991–1995||May 26, 1931|
|Walter D. Bradley||1995–2003||October 30, 1946|
|Diane D. Denish||2003–2011||March 7, 1949|
- Since the first state election was in an odd-numbered year (1911), the term lasted five years.
- Succeeded Governor Ca. de Baca on February 18, 1917 after the Governor's death.
- Died in office in May 1924.
- Resigned in July 1929 to accept a U.S. Attorneyship.
- Succeeded Governor Seligman on September 25, 1933 after the Governor's death.
- Resigned in April 1957 to serve as U.S. Representative.
- Succeeded Governor Mechem on November 30, 1962 after the Governor's resignation.
- First female Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico.
- State of New Mexico (July 2012). Kathryn A. Flynn, ed. 2012 Centennial Blue Book (PDF). Diana J. Duran. Office of the New Mexico Secretary of State. pp. 218–219.