Sharon Clahchischilliage

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Sharon Clahchischilliage
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Member of the New Mexico House of Representatives
from the 4th[1] district
Assumed office
January 15, 2013
Preceded byRay Begaye
Succeeded byAnthony Allison (elect)
Personal details
Political partyRepublican
ResidenceKirtland, New Mexico
Alma materUniversity of New Mexico
Eastern New Mexico University
University of Pennsylvania

Sharon E. Clahchischilliage[2] (Navajo Nation) is an American politician and a Republican member of the New Mexico House of Representatives, representing District 4 since January 15, 2013.


She was born into a Navajo family, the daughter of Eleanor and Herb Clah in Farmington, New Mexico, and is a member of the Navajo Nation. Clahchischilliage attended the University of New Mexico, earned her BS in education from Eastern New Mexico University, and earned her MA in social work from the University of Pennsylvania.[2]

Marriage and family[edit]

She is married and has five children.[2]


Clahchischilliage has had a variety of teaching and psychiatric social work experience, including as a special education teacher. Working on Indian and tribal health issues, including as Lieutenant, Commissioned Corps Officer, United States Public Health Service and for the Indian Health Service,[2] Clahchischilliage became involved in large programs.

She entered politics when appointed as Tribal Affairs Officer, Children, Youth and Families (CYFD), Office of the Cabinet Secretary, The State of New Mexico. She has also served in top positions in the Navajo Nation (the largest federally recognized tribe in the United States) as Acting Executive Director, Office of Government Development, Office of the Speaker, The Navajo Nation, 2010–present; and as Senior Programs/Projects Specialist, Division of Transportation, Navajo Nation, 2013–present.[2] Her district includes part of West Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Clahchischilliage is one of five Native American legislators in the New Mexico House of Representatives; two serve in the State Senate.


  • 2012 To challenge District 4 incumbent Democratic Representative Ray Begaye, Clahchischilliage ran unopposed for the June 5, 2012 Republican Primary, winning with 958 votes[3] and won the November 6, 2012 General election with 5,856 votes (61.4%) against Representative Begaye.[4]
  • 2002 To challenge incumbent Democratic Secretary of State of New Mexico Rebecca Vigil-Giron, Clahchischilliage was unopposed for the 2002 Republican Primary but lost the November 5, 2002 General election to Secretary Vigil-Giron.


  1. ^ "Representative Sharon Clahchischilliage (R)". Santa Fe, New Mexico: New Mexico Legislature. Retrieved February 11, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Sharon Clahchischilliage's Biography". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
  3. ^ "Canvass of Returns of Primary Election Held on June 5, 2012 – State of New Mexico" (PDF). Santa Fe, New Mexico: Secretary of State of New Mexico. p. 7. Retrieved February 11, 2014.
  4. ^ "Canvass of Returns of General Election Held on November 6, 2012 – State of New Mexico" (PDF). Santa Fe, New Mexico: Secretary of State of New Mexico. p. 5. Retrieved February 11, 2014.

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