New Mexico Public Regulation Commission

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The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission [PRC] is a regulatory authority in New Mexico charged with the responsibility of seeing that utility customers have "fair and reasonable rates, and to assure reasonable and adequate services to the public as provided by law." The PRC regulates the insurance industry in New Mexico through its Division of Insurance, appointing an Insurance Superintendent who is a PRC employee having independent statutory powers. The PRC also has responsibility for motor carrier regulation, the State Fire Marshal's Office, the Firefighter Training Academy, Pipeline Safety and the registration of all corporations and limited liability companies doing business in New Mexico.[1]

On July 1, 2013, the Insurance Division separated from the Public Regulation Commission and became an independent agency.[2]

The five PRC Commissioners are elected by district.[3][4] As of September 2015, the members of the commission are:[5]

District Commissioner Took Office/ Term Expires
1 (Alb) Cynthia B. Hall (D) 2017 2020
2 (SE N.M.) Patrick H. Lyons (R) 2015
3 (N/NE N.M.) Valerie Espinoza (D) 2017 2020
4 (NW N.M.) Lynda M. Lovejoy (D) 2015
5 (SW N.M.) Sandy R. Jones (D) 2015

List of Public Regulation Commissioners[edit]

Years Districts
District 1 District 2 District 3 District 4 District 5
1999 Herb H. Hughes (R) Bill Pope (R)[note 1] Jerome D. Block, Sr. (D) Lynda M. Lovejoy (D) Tony Schaefer (R/D)[note 2]
Rory McMinn (R)[note 3]
2003 David W. King (R) Shirley E. Baca (D)
2005 Jason A. Marks (D) Ben R. Luján (D)
2007 Carol K. Sloan (D)[note 4] Sandy R. Jones (D)
2009 Jerome D. Block, Jr. (D)[note 5]
Theresa Becenti-Aguilar (D)[note 6]
2011 Patrick H. Lyons (R) Ben R. Hall (R)
Doug Howe (I)[note 7]
2013 Karen Montoya (D) Valerie Espinoza (D)
2015 Lynda M. Lovejoy (D) Sandy R. Jones (D)


  1. ^ Resigned on March 16, 2001.
  2. ^ Changed party affiliation from Republican to Democratic on October 1, 1999.
  3. ^ Appointed by Governor Johnson on May 1, 2001.
  4. ^ Removed by New Mexico Supreme Court on June 23, 2010.
  5. ^ Resigned on October 7, 2011.
  6. ^ Appointed by Governor Richardson and took oath on July 6, 2010.
  7. ^ Appointed by Governor Martinez and took oath on November 7, 2011.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ New Mexico Constitution, Article XI, Section 2.
  2. ^ Domrzalski, Dennise (June 25, 2013). "Decision on NM insurance superintendent hire expected Wednesday". Albuquerque Business First. American City Business Journals. Retrieved June 27, 2013. 
  3. ^ New Mexico Constitution, Article XI, Section 1.
  4. ^ a b 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. 233–234. 
  5. ^ "Commissioner". New_Mexico Public Regulation Commission. Retrieved September 25, 2015. 

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