Elected New Mexico’s 31st governor in 2010, becoming the state’s first female governor and the first Hispanic female elected governor in the history of the United States. Re-elected in 2014
Early Years: Born 1959, in El Paso, Texas.
Education: University of Texas at El Paso; University of Oklahoma School of Law.
Career: A prosecutor for 25 years, Martinez was elected District Attorney for the Third Judicial District in Doña Ana County in Southern New Mexico, a position she held for 14 years.
Learn more on the Governor’s official website.
Nickname: Land of Enchantment
Capital: Santa Fe
Population: 2.08 million
Size: The state covers 121,589 square miles
Economic drivers: Oil and gas production, tourism
Did you know? In the 11th and 12th centuries A.D., Chaco Canyon was the center of a regional system covering over 40,000 square miles.