New Mexico Lieutenant Governor

Employer / Organization

New Mexico

Next Election

Nov 08, 2022

Filing Window

Mar 08, 2022 - Jun 30, 2022


The Lieutenant Governor of the State of New Mexico is an elected constitutional officer, the second ranking officer of the executive branch and the first officer in line to succeed the Governor of New Mexico. The lieutenant governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and is limited to two consecutive terms. The lieutenant governor serves as the president of the New Mexico Senate, ombudsman for constituent concerns, acting governor when the governor is absent from the state and member of the Executive Cabinet. Additionally, the lieutenant governor serves on the following boards and commissions: the Border Authority, the Community Development Council, the Workforce Development Board, the Mortgage, Finance Authority, the Space Commercialization Commission, the Military Base Planning Commission, and the State Board of Finance. He or she has such other responsibilities and duties as the governor shall assign. The salary for this position is $85,000/year.

Application Guidelines
To file for this position follow these three steps: 1) Contact the New Mexico Secretary of State Division of Elections to confirm that your registered address qualifies you for the position you intend to run for, and that you meet other office specific qualifications. Obtain the correct candidacy filing paperwork. 2) Complete the required candidacy paperwork including: a declaration of candidacy, nominating petitions if you are running as an independent and the appropriate campaign finance forms. File these papers with the appropriate filing officer. If you plan to run as a partisan candidate please contact your local party office. 3) Submit the filing paperwork with the stipulated amount of signatures to the New Mexico Secretary of State Division of Elections. The amount of signatures varies by office. The filing day for statewide and U.S. representative major party candidates (Democratic, Libertarian, and Republican) is the first Tuesday in February. The filing day for independent candidates is the 23rd day after the primary election. The New Mexico primary election is held the first Tuesday after the first Monday in June. The New Mexico Secretary of State Division of Elections, which serves as the point of contact for any questions or concerns, can be reached at (505) 827-3600.

Submit application to:
New Mexico Secretary of State, New Mexico Capitol Annex North, Santa Fe, NM, 87501, US