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The New Mexico Senate (Spanish: Senado de Nuevo México) 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.

New Mexico State Senate

Senado de Nuevo México
New Mexico State Legislature
Coat of arms or logo
Term limits
New session started
January 15, 2019
Howie Morales (D)
since January 1, 2019
Mary Kay Papen (D)
since January 15, 2013
Majority Leader
Peter Wirth (D)
since January 17, 2017
Minority Leader
Stuart Ingle (R)
since January 16, 2007
Senior Senator
Tom Udall (D)
since January 6, 2009
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Political groups


Length of term
4 years
AuthorityArticle IV, New Mexico Constitution
SalaryNone + per diem
Last election
November 8, 2016
(42 seats)
Next election
November 3, 2020
(42 seats)
RedistrictingLegislative Control
Meeting place
State Senate Chamber
New Mexico State Capitol
Santa Fe, New Mexico
New Mexico State Legislature

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
Begin 2017 26 16 42 0
Latest voting share 61.9% 38.1%


Position Senator [3] District
President/Lieutenant Governor Howie Morales
President pro tempore Mary Kay Papen 38
Majority Leader Peter Wirth 25
Majority Whip Mimi Stewart 36
Minority Leader Stuart Ingle 27
Minority Whip William H. Payne 20

Current membersEdit

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
(deceased May 24, 2019)[5]
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 Candace Gould Rep Albuquerque 2017 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 Antoinette Sedillo Lopez[6] Dem Albuquerque 2019 Bernalillo (part)
17 Mimi Stewart Dem Albuquerque 2015 Bernalillo (part)
18 Bill Tallman Dem Albuquerque 2017 Bernalillo (part)
19 James P. White Rep Albuquerque 2017 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 Gabriel Ramos Dem Hurley 2019 Catron, Grant, Socorro (part)
29 Gregory Baca Rep Belen 2017 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 Jeff Steinborn Dem Las Cruces 2016 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 Liz Stefanics Dem Cerrillos 2017 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)

Past composition of the SenateEdit

See alsoEdit


  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.
  4. ^ "Districts". New Mexico Legislature. Retrieved September 23, 2015.
  5. ^ NM mourns long-time state senator John Pinto, The NM Political Report, Andy Lyman, May 24, 2019. Retrieved May 25, 2019.
  6. ^ Boyd, Dan (January 14, 2019). "Sedillo Lopez appointed to vacant Senate seat". Albuquerque Journal.

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