Xochitl Torres Small

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Xochitl Torres Small
Member-elect of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Mexico's 2nd district
Assuming office
January 3, 2019
SucceedingSteve Pearce
Personal details
Born (1984-11-15) November 15, 1984 (age 33)
Portland, Oregon, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Nathan Small
EducationGeorgetown University (BA)
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque (JD)

Xochitl Torres Small (first name pronounced /ˈsl/ SOH-cheel; born November 15, 1984)[1] is an American attorney and politician from the state of New Mexico. She was elected to the United States House of Representatives in November 2018, representing New Mexico's 2nd congressional district.

Early life and education[edit]

Torres Small was raised in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Her parents are Marcos Torres, a teacher, social worker and union leader, and Cynthia "Cynta" Torres, an elementary school teacher.[2][3]

After graduating from the college prep United World College in Swaziland (Eswatini), Waterford Kamhlaba,[4] she earned her Bachelor of Arts in from Georgetown University and her Juris Doctor from the University of New Mexico School of Law.[2]


Torres Small worked as a field representative for U.S. Senator Tom Udall from 2009 to 2012. She was a federal law clerk in the New Mexico District from 2015 to 2016.[5] [2] She is a water attorney with the Kemp Smith firm.[6]

2018 election[edit]

In the 2018 elections, Torres Small ran for the open United States House of Representatives seat in New Mexico's 2nd congressional district. The incumbent, Steve Pearce, declined to run for reelection in order to run instead for Governor of New Mexico, a race he lost.[7] The 33-year-old attorney, Torres Small, defeated Madeline Hildebrandt in the Democratic Party primary election, and faced Yvette Herrell in the November 6 general election.[8][9] On November 7, following the final absentee ballot counts, Torres Small was declared the winner by the New Mexico Secretary of State.[10] Herrell appeared on the Justice with Judge Jeanine show on Fox News on November 10, 2018, to allege that the office of the New Mexico Secretary of State said that the Doña Ana County Clerk Amanda López Askin, "...magically found 4,000 ballots that had not been counted." Herrell subsequently said, "We get another call saying they found yet another 4,000 ballots not yet added to the ballot count." Although Torres Small had conceded, not realizing that the Doña Ana absentee votes had not yet been counted and reported, the Secretary of State's communications director, Alex Curtas, informed the University of New Mexico's student-run newspaper, The Daily Lobo, "It doesn’t matter what you say if you're conceding. The votes determine who won the race."[11]

2018 General election results[edit]

New Mexico 2nd congressional district, 2018.[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Xochitl Torres Small 100,570 50.9
Republican Yvette Herrell 97,031 49.1
Total votes 197,601 100.0


In 2016, Small's husband, Nathan Small, was elected in District 36 as a Democratic member of the New Mexico House of Representatives.[7] He ran for reelection in 2018, winning with 59.9% of the general election vote.[13][14]


  1. ^ "Candidate Conversation - Xochitl Torres-Small (D)". Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales. April 20, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Angela Kocherga (October 2, 2018). "Torres Small banks on 'strong independent streak' in district". Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  3. ^ Missing teacher is back home, Albuquerque Journal, October 27, 2008. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  4. ^ "Inspired Alumna Runs for Office in New Mexico". UWC. November 7, 2018.
  5. ^ Candidate biography, Project Vote Smart, 2018. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  6. ^ Sanchez, Derek (February 13, 2018). "UNM School of Law Alumna Seeks Big Impact on New Mexico Politics". UNM School of Law News. Retrieved July 1, 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Las Cruces water attorney to seek seat being vacated by Pearce". Lcsun-news.com. January 17, 2018. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  8. ^ "Torres Small, Herrell to Battle for New Mexico Open Seat". Rollcall.com. June 5, 2018. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  9. ^ "Torres Small, Herrell to face off for congressional seat in GOP stronghold | Albuquerque Journal". Abqjournal.com. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  10. ^ "Secretary of state declares Torres Small winner of 2nd Congressional District race". KOB.com. November 7, 2018.
  11. ^ Fact Check Yvette Herrell on Fox News, Daily Lobo, Danielle Prokop, November 12, 2018. Retrieved November 13, 2018.
  12. ^ "UNOFFICIAL RESULTS General Election - November 6, 2018 State of New Mexico". Santa Fe, New Mexico: New Mexico Secretary of State. Retrieved November 13, 2018.
  13. ^ "Rep. Nathan Small announces re-election bid for District 36". Las Cruces Sun-News. March 9, 2018. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  14. ^ Jacqueline Devine (November 6, 2018). "Democrats sweep house races, New Mexico". Las Cruces Sun News. Retrieved November 8, 2018.

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