New Mexico Senate

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New Mexico State Senate
New Mexico State Legislature
Coat of arms or logo
Term limits
New session started
January 18, 2011
John Sanchez (R)
Since January 1, 2011
Mary Kay Papen (D)
Since January 15, 2013
Leader of the Senate
Michael Sanchez (D)
Since January 18, 2005
Minority Leader
Stuart Ingle (R)
Since January 16, 2007
Seats 42
Political groups
Governing party

Opposition party

Length of term
4 years
Authority Article IV, New Mexico Constitution
Salary None + per diem
Last election
November 6, 2012
(42 seats)
Next election
November 8, 2016
(42 seats)
Redistricting Legislative Control
Meeting place
State Senate Chamber
New Mexico State Capitol
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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The New Mexico Senate is the upper house of the New Mexico State Legislature. The Senate consists of 42 members, with each senator representing an equal amount of single-member constituent districts across the state. All senatorial districts are divided to contain a population on average of 43,300 state residents. Members of the Senate are elected to four-year terms without term limits.

The Senate convenes at the New Mexico State Capitol building in Santa Fe.


The current makeup of the Senate for the 2009–2012 and 2013–2016 sessions is:

Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Democratic Republican Vacant
End 2008 24 18 42 0
2009–2012 27 15 42 0
Begin 2013 25 17 42 0
March 14, 2015[1] 24 41 1
April 3, 2015[2] 18 42 0
Latest voting share 57.1% 42.9%


Position Senator [3] District
President/Lieutenant Governor John Sanchez
President pro tempore Mary Kay Papen 32
Majority Leader Michael S. Sanchez 29
Majority Whip Michael Padilla 36
Minority Leader Stuart Ingle 27
Minority Whip William H. Payne 20

Current members

District Representative [4] Party Residence First elected Counties represented
1 William E. Sharer Rep Farmington 2000 San Juan (part)
2 Steven P. Neville Rep Aztec 2004 San Juan (part)
3 John Pinto Dem Gallup 1976 McKinley (part), San Juan (part)
4 George K. Muñoz Dem Gallup 2008 Cibola (part), McKinley (part), San Juan (part)
5 Richard C. Martinez Dem Española 2000 Los Alamos (part), Rio Arriba (part), Sandoval (part), Santa Fe (part)
6 Carlos R. Cisneros Dem Questa 1984 Los Alamos (part), Rio Arriba (part), Santa Fe (part), Taos (part)
7 Pat Woods Rep Broadview 2012 Curry (part), Quay (part), Union
8 Pete Campos Dem Las Vegas 1991 Colfax, Guadalupe, Harding, Mora, Quay (part), San Miguel (part), Taos (part)
9 John M. Sapien Dem Corrales 2008 Bernalillo (part), Sandoval (part)
10 John C. Ryan Rep Los Ranchos de Albuquerque 2004 Bernalillo (part), Sandoval (part)
11 Linda M. Lopez Dem Albuquerque 1996 Bernalillo (part)
12 Jerry Ortiz y Pino Dem Albuquerque 2004 Bernalillo (part)
13 Bill B. O'Neill Dem Albuquerque 2012 Bernalillo (part)
14 Michael Padilla Dem Albuquerque 2012 Bernalillo (part)
15 Daniel A. Ivey-Soto Dem Albuquerque 2012 Bernalillo (part)
16 Cisco McSorley Dem Albuquerque 1996 Bernalillo (part)
17 Mimi Stewart Dem Albuquerque 2015 Bernalillo (part)
18 Lisa Torraco Rep Albuquerque 2012 Bernalillo (part)
19 Sue Wilson Beffort Rep Sandia Park 1996 Bernalillo (part), Sandoval (part), Santa Fe (part), Torrance (part)
20 William H. Payne Rep Albuquerque 1996 Bernalillo (part)
21 Mark Moores Rep Albuquerque 2012 Bernalillo (part)
22 Benny Shendo Dem Jemez Pueblo 2012 Bernalillo (part), McKinley (part), Rio Arriba (part), San Juan (part), Sandoval (part)
23 Sander Rue Rep Albuquerque 2008 Bernalillo (part)
24 Nancy Rodriguez Dem Santa Fe 1996 Santa Fe (part)
25 Peter Wirth Dem Santa Fe 2004 Santa Fe (part)
26 Jacob R. Candelaria Dem Albuquerque 2012 Bernalillo (part)
27 Stuart Ingle Rep Portales 1984 Chaves (part), Curry (part), De Baca, Lea (part), Roosevelt
28 Howie C. Morales Dem Silver City 2008 Catron, Grant, Socorro (part)
29 Michael S. Sanchez Dem Belen 1992 Bernalillo (part), Valencia (part)
30 Clemente Sanchez Dem Grants 2012 Cibola (part), McKinley (part), Socorro (part), Valencia (part)
31 Joseph Cervantes Dem Las Cruces 2012 Doña Ana (part)
32 Cliff R. Pirtle Rep Roswell 2012 Chaves (part), Eddy (part), Lincoln (part)
33 William F. Burt Rep Alamogordo 2010 Chaves (part), Lincoln (part), Otero (part)
34 Ron Griggs Rep Alamogordo 2012 Eddy (part), Otero (part)
35 John Arthur Smith Dem Deming 1989 Doña Ana (part), Hidalgo, Luna, Sierra
36 Lee S. Cotter Rep Las Cruces 2012 Doña Ana (part)
37 William P. Soules Dem Las Cruces 2012 Doña Ana (part), Sierra (part)
38 Mary Kay Papen Dem Las Cruces 2000 Doña Ana (part)
39 Ted Barela Rep Estancia 2015 Bernalillo (part), Lincoln (part), Santa Fe (part), San Miguel (part), Torrance (part), Valencia (part)
40 Craig W. Brandt Rep Rio Rancho 2012 Sandoval (part)
41 Carroll H. Leavell Rep Jal 1996 Eddy (part), Lea (part)
42 Gay G. Kernan Rep Hobbs 2001 Chaves (part), Eddy (part), Lea (part)

See also


  1. Phil Griego (District 39) resigned over his involvement in a scandal concerning the sale of a state building. [1]
  2. Ted Barela was appointed to replace Griego
  3. "Leadership". New Mexico Legislature. Retrieved September 23, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Districts". New Mexico Legislature. Retrieved September 23, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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