Governor of New Mexico

head of state and of government of the U.S. state of New Mexico

The Governor of the State of New Mexico is the chief executive of the state of New Mexico. The governor is the head of the executive branch of New Mexico's state government and the commander-in-chief of the state's military forces. They also make annual State of the State addresses to the New Mexico State Legislature, submitting the budget, and ensuring that state laws are enforced.

Governor of New Mexico
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Seal of the Governor
= Michelle Lujan Grisham
Michelle Lujan Grisham

since January 1, 2019
StyleThe Honorable
ResidenceGovernor's Mansion
Term lengthFour years, can succeed self once; eligible again after 4-year respite
FormationJanuary 6, 1912
DeputyJohn Sanchez
Salary$110,000 (2013)[1]
WebsiteOfficial website

The current governor is Michelle Lujan Grisham, a Democrat. Grisham won the November 2018 gubernatorial election and was sworn in as the 32nd Governor of the state of New Mexico on January 1, 2019.

List of governorsEdit

Living former governors of New MexicoEdit

As of January 2019, there were six former governors of New Mexico living, the oldest being Jerry Apodaca (1975–1979, born 1934). The most recent governor of New Mexico to die was David Cargo (1967–1971), who died on July 5, 2013. The most recently serving governor of New Mexico to die was Bruce King (1971–1975, 1979–1983, 1991–1995), who died on November 13, 2009.

Governor Gubernatorial term Date of birth (and age)
Jerry Apodaca 1975–1979 (1934-10-03) October 3, 1934 (age 88)
Toney Anaya 1983–1987 (1941-04-29) April 29, 1941 (age 81)
Garrey Carruthers 1987–1991 (1939-08-29) August 29, 1939 (age 83)
Gary Johnson 1995–2003 (1953-01-01) January 1, 1953 (age 70)
Bill Richardson 2003–2011 (1947-11-15) November 15, 1947 (age 75)
Susana Martinez 2011–2019 (1959-07-14) July 14, 1959 (age 63)


  1. "CSG Releases 2013 Governor Salaries". The Council of State Governments. June 25, 2013. Archived from the original on October 22, 2014. Retrieved November 23, 2014.

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