Attorney General Hector Balderas
On Tuesday, November 4th, 2014, Hector Balderas was elected the 31st Attorney General for the State of New Mexico. Hector is eager to take on new and exciting challenges as Attorney General. He is committed to serving as the people’s advocate and voice, and will work to protect New Mexico’s citizens by focusing on economic security and public safety.
Hector was raised by a single mother in the small village of Wagon Mound, New Mexico. Growing up in public housing and on food stamps, he learned the importance of compassion and respect, and gained the conviction that everyone – no matter their background – deserves the same opportunities to succeed. Through hard work and by overcoming tough financial hardship, Hector earned degrees from New Mexico Highlands University and the University of New Mexico Law School. He became the first person from Wagon Mound to graduate from law school and become an attorney.
After law school, Hector turned down opportunities to work in the private sector and instead chose to pursue his passion for public service. He became a Bernalillo County Assistant District Attorney and quickly earned a reputation as a fierce advocate for fairness and justice.
In December 2003, Hector returned to Wagon Mound with his wife and three young children to give back to his rural community. At age 29, with no prior political experience, Hector ran for a seat in the New Mexico House of Representatives. He defeated the heavily favored incumbent in the Democratic primary by a two-to-one margin and ultimately prevailed over his Republican opponent in the general election. During his tenure as State Representative, Hector brought Democrats and Republicans together to pass sweeping legislation to strengthen penalties for sexual predators; establish incentives for clean energy; invest in rural public schools; enact reforms to the criminal justice system; crack down on drunk drivers; and protect consumers from price gouging in times of emergency or disaster. Hector’s bipartisan approach and legislative accomplishments led to recognition of his work by a diverse set of groups, ranging from the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce to the League of Conservation Voters. The New Mexico State Bar Association also acknowledged Hector for his achievements by naming him Outstanding Young Lawyer of New Mexico for 2006.
While serving as State Representative, Hector became frustrated by the lack of accountability for local and state officials who wasted and abused taxpayer dollars without consequence. Pledging to New Mexicans to bring transparency to government’s financial affairs, Hector was elected New Mexico’s State Auditor in November 2006. At the time of his election, he became America’s youngest Hispanic statewide elected official.
As New Mexico’s State Auditor, Hector inherited an underfunded office with audit oversight of $60 billion in assets collectively held by over 1000 government entities. He immediately pursued an aggressive agenda designed to protect taxpayer funds and hold government agencies accountable. Hector created a Special Investigations Division in his office that brings together investigators, accountants and attorneys to target complex fraud cases. He also launched a toll free, statewide hotline that any citizen can use to report suspected fraud, waste or abuse of public resources.
During his time in office, Hector’s aggressive efforts to target corruption have yielded historic results. His special audits and investigations exposed rampant financial mismanagement of taxpayer funds at New Mexico’s regional housing authorities; revealed questionable public land deals given to private contractors by a former state land commissioner; identified the misuse of state vehicles at the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission; found overbilling by private contractors at the New Mexico Corrections Department; and uncovered evidence related to the New Mexico Finance Authority’s issuance of a fraudulent audit report for 2011. His special audit of the City of Sunland Park, which found widespread violations of law by certain city officials and employees, resulted in the first state government takeover of the management of a city. In addition, Hector’s auditors uncovered the largest public school embezzlement in state history: a $3.3 million embezzlement scheme at the Jemez Mountain School District. Hector also led efforts to reform state laws to impose penalties on governments that fail to submit audits and to bring financial relief to rural governments struggling to pay high audit costs.
Hector’s aggressive and successful record of strengthening accountability in state and local government agencies has been lauded by independent groups and by New Mexico’s voters, who re-elected him in 2010 with overwhelming support from Democrats, Republicans, and Independents. Also in 2010, Hector was awarded the New Frontier Award by the Harvard Institute of Politics and the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. The annual award is given to Americans whose contributions in elective office or community service demonstrate the impact and value of public service in the spirit of John F. Kennedy.
Hector lives in Albuquerque with his wife Denise and their three children, Hector Reyes Jr., Mariola, and Arianna. He is licensed to practice law in New Mexico and is a Certified Fraud Examiner. In addition, he donates his time promoting financial literacy for at risk youth and advocating for the special needs community.
Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver
Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver has called New Mexico home since the age of 3 and is New Mexico’s 26th Secretary of State. She has served the people of New Mexico in this role since first being elected in 2016.
She was first appointed to public office in 2007 when she became County Clerk in New Mexico’s largest county, Bernalillo County. Elected to her first full term in 2008, Secretary Toulouse Oliver served 2 1/2 terms as County Clerk until she was elected as Secretary of State in 2016. Overseeing elections in the state’s largest county gave Secretary Toulouse Oliver detailed, on-the-ground expertise in election administration that has helped to guide her current work overseeing elections statewide.
Secretary Toulouse Oliver has been involved in politics and public policy for over two decades and has made public service the focus of her career. Her work has focused on increasing voter access, running efficient, secure, and fair elections, and bringing more transparency and increased ethical standards to government.
Secretary Toulouse Oliver worked her way through college and graduate school. While earning her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Political Science from the University of New Mexico, Secretary Toulouse Oliver worked for U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman in his DC Office and on his re-election campaign in 2000. She also gained activism and organizing experience working with Native American tribes in New Mexico, fighting for reproductive justice, and protecting the Environment as the NM State Director for the League of Conservation Voters.
Since becoming Secretary of State she has implemented increased transparency rules for financial disclosure and campaign finance reporting, modernized the online campaign finance system, helped craft and pass good government legislation like same-day voter registration, automated voter registration, and the state’s newly-formed Ethics Commission.
In addition to her elected position, Secretary Toulouse Oliver is the President of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), and has previously served NASS as President-Elect, Treasurer, and chair of the elections committee. She serves as a board member of New Mexico’s Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA), the New Mexico Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission, and the state Commission on Records and Archives. She is a member of New Mexico’s Complete Count Commission for the 2020 Census, and is currently a W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Leadership Network Fellow. She is also the proud mother of two sons, Christian and Max.
State Treasurer Tim Eichenberg
Tim Eichenberg assumed office on January 1, 2015, becoming the 29th State Treasurer of New Mexico. Raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, he attended Albuquerque Public Schools and graduated from the University of New Mexico.
Eichenberg’s career in public service began when he was elected Bernalillo County Treasurer. The reforms that were implemented during his tenure saved taxpayers money and led to his re-election. After serving two terms as Bernalillo County Treasurer, Eichenberg went to work in the private sector. He operated a small business in Albuquerque as a Property Tax Consultant, Real Estate Broker, State Certified Appraiser, and General Contractor (GB-98).
Eichenberg was appointed by Governor Richardson to the position of New Mexico State Property Tax Director.
He was elected to the New Mexico State Senate in 2008. As a State Senator, Eichenberg served on the Public Affairs and Judiciary committees, and was Chair of the Restructuring Committee, which sought to streamline State government and save taxpayers money. In 2010, Eichenberg carried the Governmental Conduct Act, establishing a code of ethics for all government employees. In 2012, Eichenberg served as Chair of the Revenue Stabilization and Tax Policy Committee.
State Auditor Brian Colón
Brian Colón was elected State Auditor of New Mexico in November 2018 with decisive wins during both the primary and general elections. As State Auditor, Brian is committed to bringing awareness to the important work of the office that uncovers fraud, waste, and abuse in agencies and entities statewide.
Raised in Los Lunas, Bosque Farms, and Albuquerque, New Mexico, Brian learned the value of hard work, determination, and the sustaining power of an optimistic attitude from his parents. Although he lost his father when he was a teenager, Brian hasn’t forgotten the many lessons he received, particularly the importance of education.
The first in his family to go to college, Brian received his Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from New Mexico State University and later earned his law degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law. He has practiced law since 2001, but his top priority has always been one of service and a desire to give back to his community.
Brian has been called a “force in fundraising” because he is able to inspire others to get involved. His evenings and weekends are spent helping local cultural and community-focused nonprofits raise money to support their causes or meeting with the young women and men he mentors. Brian knows first-hand the power of mentoring and the difference it can make in strengthening our communities.
While he is a dedicated community ambassador and civil servant, Brian’s true treasures are his family. For more than 22 years, Brian has been married to Aleli Colón, an educator at Van Buren Middle School, a current doctoral candidate with a Civil Engineering degree and a Master’s Degree in Mathematics. Together they have one son, Rafael, a graduate of Albuquerque High School, currently a junior attending The George Washington University on a Presidential Scholarship, studying Biomedical Engineering. Brian’s sister, Cheryl Colón, recently moved to Albuquerque to come home and be close to Brian and his family.
Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard
Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard is the first woman, the first Latina, and the first educator to serve in the position as New Mexico’s Commissioner of Public Lands.
Born in Tucumcari and raised in Silver City, Stephanie learned at a young age the importance of serving others. Her father, a WWII veteran, was a teacher; her mother was active in their church and community. Stephanie grew up in a family that operated ranches on the eastern plans and northern mountains of New Mexico, sparking the strong connection to our land that she holds today. After graduating from Silver High School, Stephanie went on to receive her undergraduate degree from Barnard College at Columbia University in New York.
Stephanie was elected to the New Mexico House of Representatives in 2012. During her six years as a State Representative, she championed laws to increase access to a quality education, transparency, and investments in renewable energy, job training, and economic development. She served as Chair of the House Education Committee for two years before being elected Land Commissioner in 2018.
As Land Commissioner, Stephanie is focused on raising as much money as possible while always keeping an eye toward stewardship and preserving the land for generations to come. We can diversify the revenue that comes into the Land Office by tripling the number of renewable energy projects, promoting outdoor recreation, and encouraging new and innovative commercial development on state trust land. With the largest continuous oil and gas resources potential ever assessed in the world sitting in Southeast New Mexico, and land that is prime for wind and solar development, Commissioner Garcia Richard is committed to working to make more money for New Mexico while protecting the health of our land.