Lynda Lovejoy

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Lynda Lovejoy
New Mexico
Public Regulation Commissioner

from the 4th district
Assumed office
Preceded by Theresa Becenti-Aguilar
Member of the New Mexico Senate
from the 22nd district
In office
Preceded by Leonard Tsosie
Succeeded by Benny Shendo, Jr.
New Mexico
Public Regulation Commissioner

from the 4th district
In office
Preceded by Office established
Succeeded by Carol K. Sloan
Personal details
Born February 1, 1949 (1949-02) (age 68)
Nationality  Navajo Nation and
 United States
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) R. John Lovejoy
Residence Crownpoint, New Mexico
Alma mater University of New Mexico,
Northern Arizona University
Occupation Director, Navajo Area Agency on Aging Navajo Nation

Lynda Morgan Lovejoy (Navajo Nation, born February 1, 1949) is an American politician, a former Democratic member of the New Mexico Senate. She was appointed in 2007 and elected to a full term in 2008, representing District 22, which encompasses parts of Bernalillo, Cibola, McKinley, Rio Arriba and Sandoval counties.

She served as commissioner, New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC), 1999 to 2006. She served as chairperson of the PRC for three years and vice-chairperson for one year. She served in the New Mexico House of Representatives from her election in 1988 for five terms, through 1998.

Senator Lovejoy is from Crownpoint, New Mexico and was a candidate for Navajo Nation President. Her clans are Ts’ah Yisk’idnii, born for Kiyaa’áani; her maternal grandfather’s clan is Tsé Nahabiłnii and her paternal grandfather’s clan is Tó Dích’íiʼnii.


Political history[edit]

State Senator, 2007 to present. Vice-chairperson of Senate Corporations and Transportation Committee. Consultant in utility-related matters, present. Commissioner, New Mexico Public Regulation Commission, 1999 to 2006. Served as chairperson of the PRC for three years and vice-chairperson for one year. State Representative, 1989 to 1998. Served as chairperson of the House Government and Urban Affairs Committee; co-chairperson of the Interim Indian Affairs Committee. Member of Navajo Technical College Board of Trustee. Member and vice-chairperson of Navajo Nation Telecommunications Regulatory Commission. More than 24 years in administrative capacity with responsibilities of implementing administrative principles and practices in various organizations.

Navajo Nation presidential runs, 2006 and 2010[edit]

During the 2010 Navajo Nation Primary, Senator Lovejoy gathered 17,137 votes, 35.7% of total vote; her nearest challenger followed with 7,763 votes, or 16.2 percent. Compared to the 2006 presidential primary, she nearly doubled the 10,513 votes she gained in the earlier election.[1]

Navajo Nation Vice-President Ben Shelly defeated NM Senator Lynda Lovejoy (D-D22) for the Office of Navajo Nation President in 2010. As of 11/02/10 at 8:50 p.m. (DST-MST) Shelly was declared the winner with 32,910 votes, to Lynda Lovejoy's 29,535, a margin of 52% to 48%.[2]


  1. ^ Bill Donovan, Navajo Times, Aug. 5, 2010
  2. ^ [1]

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