List of governors of New Mexico

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The following is a list of the Governors of the state of New Mexico (Spanish: Gobernadores de Nuevo México) and New Mexico Territory.

Governors of the State of New Mexico[change | change source]

  Democratic (20)     Republican (12)

Governor Term in office Time served Party Term
[note 1]
Previous office Lieutenant Governor
1 William C. McDonald (1912).jpg   William C. McDonald
July 25, 1858 – April 11, 1918
(aged 59)
    January 14, 1912    

    January 1, 1917    
1815 days Democratic 1 New Mexico Cattle Sanitary Board
(1905-1911)
  Ezequiel Cabeza De Baca
2
3
2 100px   Ezequiel Cabeza De Baca
November 1, 1864 – February 18, 1917
(aged 52)
    January 1, 1917    

    February 18, 1917    
49 days Democratic 4 1st
Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico
(1912-1917)
  Washington Lindsey
3 Washington Ellsworth Lindsey.JPG   Washington Lindsey
December 20, 1862 – April 5, 1926
(aged 63)
    February 18, 1917    

    January 1, 1919    
683 days Republican 2nd
Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico
(1917)
Vacant
4 Octaviano Larrazolo, bw photo portrait, 1919.jpg   Octaviano Larrazolo
December 7, 1859 – April 7, 1930
(aged 70)
    January 1, 1919    

    January 1, 1921    
732 days Republican 5 District Attorney for the
Western District of Texas
(1890-1894)
Benjamin F. Pankey
5 Merrit C. Mechem (1921).jpg   Merritt C. Mechem
10 October 1870 – 24 May 1946
(aged 75)
    January 1, 1921    

    January 1, 1923    
731 days Republican 6 Judge of the Seventh Judicial District
(1911-1920)
William H. Duckworth
6 James Hinkle.jpg   James F. Hinkle
October 20, 1862 – March 26, 1951
(aged 86)
    January 1, 1923    

    January 1, 1925    
732 days Democratic 7 New Mexico State Senator
(1912-1917)
  José A. Baca
January 1, 1923 - May 1924
Vacant
7 ArthurTHannett.jpg   Arthur T. Hannett
February 17, 1884 – March 18, 1966
(aged 82)
    January 1, 1925    

    January 1, 1927    
731 days Democratic 8 State Highway Commission
(1923-1924)
  Edward G. Sargent
January 1, 1925 - January 1, 1929
8 Richard C. Dillon.jpg   Richard C. Dillon
June 24, 1877 – January 5, 1966
(aged 88)
    January 1, 1927    

    January 1, 1931    
1462 days Republican 9 New Mexico State Senator
(1924-1926)
Hugh B. Woodward
January 1, 1929 - July 1929
Vacant
9 Arthur Seligman (New Mexico Governor).jpg   Arthur Seligman
June 14, 1871 – September 25, 1933
(aged 62)
    January 1, 1931    

    September 25, 1933    
999 days Democratic 10 Mayor of Santa Fe   Andrew W. Hockenhull
11
10 Andrew Hockenhull.jpg   Andrew W. Hockenhull
January 16, 1877 – June 20, 1974
(aged 97)
    September 25, 1933    

    January 1, 1935    
464 days Democratic 8th
Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico
(1931-1933)
Vacant
11 Clyde Tingley.jpg   Clyde Tingley
January 5, 1881 – December 24, 1960
(aged 79)
    January 1, 1935    

    January 1, 1939    
1462 days Democratic 12 Superintendent of the State Highway Department
for the Albuquerque district
(1925–1926)
  Louis Cabeza de Baca
1935-1937
13   Hiram M. Dow
1937-1939
12 John E. Miles.jpg   John E. Miles
July 28, 1884 – October 7, 1971
(aged 87)
    January 1, 1939    

    January 1, 1943    
1462 days Democratic 14 Secretary of the New Mexico
State Tax Commission
(1925)
  James Murray, Sr.
1939-1941
15   Ceferino Quintana
1941-1943
13 John J. Dempsey.jpg   John J. Dempsey
June 22, 1879 – March 11, 1958
(aged 78)
    January 1, 1943    

    January 1, 1947    
1462 days Democratic 16 U.S. Representative for New Mexico's At-large
(1935-1941)
  James B. Jones
17
14 Thomas J. Mabry (New Mexico Governor).jpg   Thomas J. Mabry
October 17, 1884 – December 23, 1962
(aged 78)
    January 1, 1947    

    January 1, 1951    
1462 days Democratic 18 Chief Justice
New Mexico Supreme Court
(1939-1946)
  Joseph Montoya
19
15 Edwin Mechem.jpg   Edwin L. Mechem
July 2, 1912 – November 27, 2002
(aged 90)
    January 1, 1951    

    January 1, 1955    
1462 days Republican 20 New Mexico Representative
(1947-1948)
Tibo J. Chávez
21
16   John F. Simms
December 18, 1916 – April 11, 1975
(aged 58)
    January 1, 1955    

    January 1, 1957    
732 days Democratic 22 New Mexico Representative
(1947-1949)
  Joseph Montoya
January 1, 1957 - April 1957
17 Edwin Mechem.jpg   Edwin L. Mechem
July 2, 1912 – November 27, 2002
(aged 90)
    January 1, 1957    

    January 1, 1959    
731 days Republican 23 15th
Governor of New Mexico
(1951-1955)
Vacant
18 Governor John Burroughs.jpg   John Burroughs
April 7, 1907 – May 21, 1978
(aged 71)
    January 1, 1959    

    January 1, 1961    
732 days Democratic 24 New Mexico Representative
(1957-1959)
  Ed V. Mead
19 Edwin Mechem.jpg   Edwin L. Mechem
July 2, 1912 – November 27, 2002
(aged 90)
    January 1, 1961    

    November 30, 1962    
699 days Republican 25 17th
Governor of New Mexico
(1957-1959)
  Tom Bolack
20   Tom Bolack
May 18, 1918 – May 20, 1998
(aged 80)
    November 30, 1962    

    January 1, 1963    
33 days Republican 18th
Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico
(1961-1962)
Vacant
21 Jack M. Campbell.jpg   Jack M. Campbell
September 10, 1916 – June 14, 1999
(aged 82)
    January 1, 1963    

    January 1, 1967    
1462 days Democratic 26 Speaker of the
New Mexico House of Representatives

(1960-1962)
  Mack Easley
27
22 David F. Cargo 2006.jpg   David Cargo
January 13, 1929 – July 5, 2013
(aged 84)
    January 1, 1967    

    January 1, 1971    
1462 days Republican 28 New Mexico Representative
(1963-1967)
Lee Francis
29
23 Governor Bruce King.jpg   Bruce King
April 6, 1924 – November 13, 2009
(aged 85)
    January 1, 1971    

    January 1, 1975    
1462 days Democratic 30 Speaker of the
New Mexico House of Representatives
  Roberto Mondragón
24 Jerry Apodaca.jpg   Jerry Apodaca
(1934-10-03) October 3, 1934 (age 85)
    January 1, 1975    

    January 1, 1979    
1462 days Democratic 31 New Mexico Senator
(1966-1974)
  Robert E. Ferguson
25 Governor Bruce King.jpg   Bruce King
April 6, 1924 – November 13, 2009
(aged 85)
    January 1, 1979    

    January 1, 1983    
1462 days Democratic 32 23rd
Governor of New Mexico
(1971-1975)
  Roberto Mondragón
26 Toney Anaya 2008.jpg   Toney Anaya
(1941-04-29) April 29, 1941 (age 78)
    January 1, 1983    

    January 1, 1987    
1462 days Democratic 33 24th
Attorney General of New Mexico
(1975-1978)
  Mike Runnels
27 Garry Carruthers (cropped).jpg   Garrey Carruthers
(1939-08-29) August 29, 1939 (age 80)
    January 1, 1987    

    January 1, 1991    
1462 days Republican 34 Asst. Secretary of the
United States Department of the Interior
(1981-1984)
  Jack L. Stahl
28 Governor Bruce King.jpg   Bruce King
April 6, 1924 – November 13, 2009
(aged 85)
    January 1, 1991    

    January 1, 1995    
1462 days Democratic 35 25th
Governor of New Mexico
(1979-1983)
  Casey Luna
29 Garyjohnsonphoto - modified.jpg   Gary Johnson
(1953-01-01) January 1, 1953 (age 66)
    January 1, 1995    

    January 1, 2003    
2923 days Republican 36 None Walter Dwight Bradley
37
30 Bill Richardson at an event in Kensington, New Hampshire, March 18, 2006.jpg   Bill Richardson
(1947-11-15) November 15, 1947 (age 71)
    January 1, 2003    

    January 1, 2011    
2923 days Democratic 38 9th
United States Secretary of Energy
(1998-2001)
  Diane Denish
39
31 Governor NewMexico.jpg   Susana Martinez
(1959-07-14) July 14, 1959 (age 60)
    January 1, 2011    

    January 1, 2019    
2923 days Republican 40 District Attorney for The
3rd Judicial District of New Mexico
(1997-2011)
John Sanchez
41
32 Michelle Lujan Grisham official photo (cropped 2).jpg   Michelle Lujan Grisham
(1959-10-24) October 24, 1959 (age 60)
    January 1, 2019    

    Incumbent    
310 days Democratic 42 Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from New Mexico's 1st district
(2013-2018)
Howie Morales

Notes[change | change source]

  1. Each term for which a governor is elected is listed here; if multiple governors served in a single term, due to resignations, deaths, and the like, then that term will be shared among those governors. If a governor was elected multiple times, then there will be multiple terms listed for that governor.

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