Attorney General Gary King
Office of the Attorney General
408 Galisteo Street
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
Phone: (505) 827-6000
Fax: (505) 827-5826
Las Cruces Phone: (575) 526-2280
Gary King is the New Mexico Attorney General and perhaps the only current AG in the nation who is also a scientist with a Ph.D. in organic chemistry. Dr. King maintained a private practice as an attorney and served as a state Legislator before being elected Attorney General in 2006. Since 1987, he has been married to Yolanda Jones King, also a scientist and community leader. Gary grew up with his ranching family in Stanley, New Mexico.
Dr. King attended New Mexico State University and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. He received his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Colorado University at Boulder. He then attended law school at the University of New Mexico, where he received his J.D. In 1984, Gary formed the law firm of King and Stanley in Moriarty, where he carried out the general practice of law. In 1990, he assumed the position of Corporate General Counsel and Senior Environmental Scientist with Advanced Sciences, Inc., an environmental consulting firm.
Gary served for 12 years in the New Mexico State Legislature. During 10 years as the Chairman of the Consumer and Public Affairs Committee, Gary used his leadership position to work vigorously on health care, environmental and civil rights issues.
In 1998, Gary became the Policy Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in Washington, D.C. Within a year, he became the Department’s Director of the Office of Worker and Community Transition. While at the DOE, he developed and implemented a program fostering cooperation between federal, state, local and Native American governments to enhance cleanup activities.
As Attorney General, Gary spearheaded the effort to get legislation passed that, for the first time, made it a felony crime to engage in the practice of human trafficking. AG King was invited to Geneva, Switzerland by a United Nations committee to present this legislation as a model for other nations around the world that are seeking to end the practice of human slavery.
Attorney General King has been a long-time active participant in his local community and has given his time and expertise to many statewide positions. He has served as President of his Rotary Club and Chair of the Manzano District of the Boy Scouts of America. Gary has served as the Chair of the Legal Services Committee of the New Mexico State Bar Association; as a Domestic Violence Special Commissioner and served as guardian ad litem for abused and neglected children in the Seventh Judicial District. He was also the Chairman of the New Mexico Mining Commission and served on the Environmental Advisory Board to the Federal Aviation Administration. Additionally, Dr. King was of counsel with Law and Resource Planning Associates, one of New Mexico’s most respected water and natural resource law firms.
State Auditor Hector Balderas
Phone: (505) 476-3800
Fax: (505) 827-3512
Hector Balderas represents a new generation of leaders who are devoted to public service and are driving the country forward with innovation and a fresh perspective on governing. His election marked a milestone for both New Mexico and the nation, as Balderas became the youngest Hispanic statewide elected official in the country.
As New Mexico’s State Auditor, Balderas provides regulatory oversight to over $60 billion dollars in governmental assets and 603 government entities. As the state’s top government watchdog, Balderas has spent his first year in office aggressively combating fraud and financial abuse throughout New Mexico.
Additionally, he has expanded the size and scope of the State Auditor’s office by hiring criminal investigators, developing a fraud hotline and expanding training and outreach operations. In 2007, Balderas was named one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics by Hispanic Business magazine. Balderas was honored by Caroline Kennedy as the Recipient of the 2010 John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award as the top elected official in the nation under the age of 40.
Balderas was raised in Wagon Mound, New Mexico, a village of 310 residents that has one of the lowest per capita incomes in the nation. He is the son of a foreign born immigrant father from Mexico and a mother who was raised in Wagon Mound. Growing up with both rural and international roots provided Balderas with a deep respect for people, an upbringing he has carried with him throughout his career. He was the first person in his family to earn a college degree, as well as the first person in Wagon Mound history to become an attorney. Balderas graduated from New Mexico Highlands University and earned his law degree in 2001 from the University of New Mexico.
After working his way through law school, Balderas decided against pursuing a career in the private sector and instead chose to follow his passion for public service. He accepted a job as an assistant district attorney in Albuquerque and quickly earned a reputation as a fierce advocate for protecting and balancing the many diverse interests within the justice system. In December 2003, Balderas moved back to his hometown of Wagon Mound with his wife and three young children to give back to his rural community. At the age of 29, and with no prior political experience, he ran for a seat in the New Mexico House of Representatives. Balderas 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.
In his first term as a State Representative, Balderas passed sweeping legislation to strengthen penalties for sexual predators, establish investment incentives for clean energy and fund virtual education for rural public schools. Balderas also sponsored “truthful interrogations” legislation which gained national recognition as one of the most significant reforms to the criminal justice system. In recognition of his legislative accomplishments, Balderas was named Rookie-Leader-of-the-Year by the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce and Outstanding Rookie by the League of Conservation Voters.
Also Balderas led the effort to amend the New Mexico Criminal Code to reflect consistency and parity in sentencing. He also advocated for DUI reform and led the fight to protect consumers from price gouging in times of emergency or disaster. The New Mexico State Bar Association acknowledged Balderas for his achievements by naming him Outstanding Young Lawyer of New Mexico.
Before completing his first legislative term, Balderas would go on to win statewide election for State Auditor. Balderas has traveled to Pakistan as a selected delegate for the American Council of Young Political Leaders. While in Pakistan, Balderas met with the country’s Foreign Minister and leaders from all political parties to discuss developing better international relations and cooperation. In New Mexico, Balderas has hosted leadership delegations from China, Czech Republic, and several African nations to promote greater transparency and accountability in government.
State Treasurer James Lewis
Phone: (505) 955-1120
A native New Mexican, James B. Lewis previously served as State Treasurer when he was appointed to the office in 1985 by Governor Toney Anaya and was subsequently elected for a four-year term from 1987-1990. During his tenure, Lewis automated the warrant and collateral compliance system, established the Remote Electronic Banking System, and created the Office of the State Cash Manager within the State Treasurer’s Office.
Lewis, a Democrat, has served with federal, state, county, and city agencies in both elected and appointed positions during his career in government management and finance. Most recently, Lewis was the Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Albuquerque. Previous positions include City of Albuquerque Chief of Operations, Chief Clerk/Chief Executive Officer of the New Mexico State Corporation Commission, Director/Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy, Director of the Oil, Gas and Mineral Division of the New Mexico Commission of Public Lands, Chief of Staff to Governor Bruce King, and Bernalillo County Treasurer.
Lewis, an Army veteran, holds undergraduate degrees in education and business administration and a Master’s degree in Public Administration. A widower with four adult children, Lewis resides in Albuquerque.
Commissioner of Public Lands Ray Powell
New Mexico State Land Office
310 Old Santa Fe Trail
Santa Fe, NM 87504
Phone: (505) 827-5760
Fax: (505) 827-5766
Ray Powell is a veterinarian. He received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Tufts University, with emphasis in wildlife rehabilitation, in 1985. A native of Albuquerque and attended Albuquerque Public Schools. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Biology, and a Master’s degree in Botany and Plant Ecology from the University of New Mexico.
Ray Powell served as the president and vice-president of the 22 member Western States Land Commissioners Association from 1996-1998. In this role he worked closely with federal cabinet members, governors, members of congress, and tribal leadersto improve public policy on trust lands nationwide. Previously he has served two terms as a member of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Committee on Foreign Animal and Poultry Diseases. In this capacity he gained significant expertise in understanding the impacts of disease and other pathogens on our domestic and wild animal populations.
Ray Powell served as the Chairman of the New Mexico Board of Veterinary Regulation and Licensing Board from 2002-2005 and is currently the Vice Chair. In this capacity he has worked tirelessly to enhance the humane treatment of animals.
Commissioner Powell continues to work to bring various groups together to find common ground and solve problems. During his tenure as Land Commissioner he received numerous accolades and awards from business, agriculture, sportsmen, academic, and environmental groups.
In addition, Ray Powell served nearly a decade as a member of the State Investment Council, Mining Commission, Oil and Conservation Commission, the Youth Conservation Corps Commission, and the Capitol Building’s Planning Commission.
Prior to his appointment as Commissioner of Public Lands, he served as a Special Assistant to Governor Bruce King with responsibility for environment, natural resources, health, and recreation.
Ray Powell is married to Jean Civikly-Powell who is a professor emeritus at the University of New Mexico. She developed UNM’s Faculty Dispute Resolution program and serves as its Director. They live in Albuquerque’s North Valley.