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New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham

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About the Governor:

Michelle Lujan Grisham is the thirty-second governor of the state of New Mexico, the first Democratic Hispanic woman to be elected governor in U.S. history.

As governor, Lujan Grisham has implemented a series of evidence-based policies aimed at transforming New Mexico’s public education system, expanding the state’s economy to include more high-quality employment opportunities and preserving New Mexico’s air, land and water. In 2019, she oversaw one of the most productive legislative sessions in state history, signing a broad package of bipartisan bills into law, notably a historic investment in public education and a landmark transition to clean energy.

A longtime state Cabinet secretary at both the New Mexico Department of Aging and Long-term Services and Department of Health, Lujan Grisham has been a leading advocate for senior citizens, veterans and the disabled as well as investments in health care infrastructure and innovative programming that has improved access and quality of care for New Mexicans across the state.

She was elected to the U.S. Congress in 2011, serving three terms in Washington on behalf of New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District. As a member of Congress, she worked aggressively to support local tribes, equal pay for women, public schools, public lands and veterans’ health care; she also advocated strongly for saving and creating clean New Mexico jobs. As chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, she became a vocal, national leader in the battle against reactionary federal anti-immigrant policies.

Driven by a deep compassion for seniors and those living with disabilities, and with experience as a caregiver herself, Lujan Grisham introduced and led the push for Care Corps, an innovative caregiving initiative that places volunteers in communities to provide non-medical services to seniors and individuals with disabilities. With this support, people can continue to live independently in their homes and communities.

Lujan Grisham was born in Los Alamos and graduated from St. Michael’s High School in Santa Fe before earning undergraduate and law degrees from the University of New Mexico. A 12th-generation New Mexican, she is the mother of two adult children and grandmother of three. She is the caretaker for her mother, Sonja.

Recent News

New Mexico Awarded Coveted Quantum Tech Hub Designation - Tens of Millions of Federal Dollars Coming to New Mexico

Colorado for quantum industry growth SANTA FE - Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced on Tuesday that a coalition representing New Mexico and Colorado has been awarded $41 million from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) to…

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Netflix expands Albuquerque studio, boosting New Mexico’s film industry

ALBUQUERQUE, June 27, 2024 - Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos on Thursday announced a significant expansion of the company’s Albuquerque Studios, further solidifying New Mexico’s role as a leading film and…

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Gov. Lujan Grisham responds to SCOTUS decision

SANTA FE, June 27, 2024 – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s decision in Moyle v. United States: Today’s Supreme Court decision preserves, for now, the ability of emergency…

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Governor Lujan Grisham Responds To Surgeon General’s Declaration of a Gun Violence as a Public Health Crisis

SANTA FE – On June 25th, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy declared gun violence a public health crisis to raise awareness and offer recommendations. Gov. Lujan Grisham issued the following statement: The surgeon general’s declaration…

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Governor Issues Statement on Las Vegas Flooding

SANTA FE – Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham issued the following statement Monday on the flooding in northern New Mexico. “My administration is working with the City of Las Vegas to ensure its water treatment plant is fully operational…

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Governor Issues Statement on 2nd Anniversary of Dobbs Decision

SANTA FE – Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham issued the following statement marking the second anniversary of the Supreme Court decision Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. “Two years after the Supreme Court took away…

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Resources Available for Those Impacted by South Fork and Salt Fires – State Disaster Recovery Center, 24/7 Hotline Available to Help Connect People to Resources and Answer Questions

SANTA FE, NM – State, federal, local and county agencies are working together to provide resources to those impacted by the South Fork and Salt fires. A state Disaster Recovery Center is now open at the Roswell Convention Center and will…

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Governor Addresses Supreme Court Decision Upholding Gun Control Law to Protect Domestic Violence Victims

SANTA FE – On June 21st, the Supreme Court upheld a federal gun control law intended to protect victims of domestic violence, preserving national protections that reflect law already established in New Mexico. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham…

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State Launches Wildfire Dashboard for South Fork and Salt Fires - Online Community Meeting Scheduled for 5 p.m. on June 20, 2024

SANTA FE – Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s office on June 20th, announced the launch of a new Wildfire Dashboard, providing real-time updates and critical information on the South Fork and Salt fires. This dashboard is designed to keep…

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President Biden Approves Major Disaster Declaration Request for New Mexico

SANTA FE – On June 20th, President Joe Biden granted Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s request for a Major Disaster Declaration for New Mexico, an action that will release federal funds to support recovery efforts for the ongoing South Fork…

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Governor Authorizes $5.25 Million in Emergency Funds for Relief Efforts for the South Fork and Salt Fires

SANTA FE – On June 20th, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed executive ordersauthorizing the release of $5.25 million in additional emergency funds for the Department of Homeland Security Management to support relief efforts for the ongoing…

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Governor requests Major Disaster Declaration for Wildfires

SANTA FE – On June 19th, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham formally requested a Major Disaster Declaration from President Joseph R. Biden Jr. in response to the devastating South Fork Fire and Salt Fire, which began on June 17, 2024. The request…

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Governor Issues Statement on South Fork Fire Evacuations in Ruidoso

SANTA FE – Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has issued a statement regarding the ongoing South Fork Fire and mandatory evacuations in Ruidoso: “My administration is in close contact with state, tribal and federal officials about the…

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Governor’s Cabinet to Visit Clovis and Portales - Cabinet in Your Community Event on July 8, 9 will Share Information and Resources

SANTA FE– Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s cabinet secretaries will host community events in Clovis and Portales on July 8-9 to help residents navigate and procure available state and federal resources. “We want New Mexicans to…

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Governor Declares State of Emergency in Lincoln County and the Mescalero Apache Reservation Due to Wildfires

SANTA FE – On June 18th, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham declared a state of emergencyin Lincoln County and the Mescalero Apache Reservation and deployed additional National Guard to the area in response to the devastating South Fork Fire and Salt…

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Governor Elected to Lead Western Governors' Association - As New WGA Chair, Lujan Grishan will Prioritize Housing

SANTA FE – New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham this week was elected chair of the Western Governors’ Association (WGA) at its annual meeting in Olympic Valley, Calif., and she pledged to focus on the region’s housing challenges…

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Governor Issues Statement on Supreme Court Decision Preserving Access to Widely Used Abortion Medication

SANTA FE - On June 13, 2024, the Supreme Court unanimously rejected an effort to restrict access to the abortion pill mifepristone. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, a member of the Reproductive Freedom Alliance, a nonpartisan coalition of 23 Governors…

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Governor Issues Statement on President Biden’s Executive Order to Secure the Border

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On June 5th, President Biden announced new measures to secure our Southern border, barring migrants who cross unlawfully from receiving asylum. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued the following statement: “As a…

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Governor Applauds Advisor, Police Officers For Recognition

SANTA FE – Members of the New Mexico State Police and a senior advisor with the Office of the Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham were honored during the Excellence in Law Enforcement Awards hosted by the U.S. Attorney Office for the District of…

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Governor Announces Judicial Appointment of Brad Keeler

SANTA FE –Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced on Monday the appointment of Brad Keeler as an Eleventh Judicial District Court Judge. Keeler’s appointment fills the seat left vacant due to the retirement of the Honorable Judge Louis…

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Governor to Attend White House State Dinner for President of Kenya

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham will travel to New York City and Washington, D.C. for official events this week. On Wednesday, the governor is invited to participate in a panel discussion on “Sustainable Investments for a Clean Energy…

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Governor Issues Statement on the Farmington High School Graduation Incident

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday issued a statement upon learning about the incident that took place during the Farmington High School graduation ceremony. “In New Mexico, we are proud of and committed to our…

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Governor Issues Statement on the Death of Jicarilla Apache Nation President Edward Velarde

SANTA FE – Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham on Monday issued a statement following the death of Jicarilla Apache Nation President Edward Velarde over the weekend. “President Velarde was a committed, effective leader who always sought to…

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Governor Appoints Melanie A. Kenderdine as Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department Secretary

SANTA FE– Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has appointed Melanie A. Kenderdine as Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department. Kenderdine currently serves as the co-founder, Principal and Executive Vice…

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Governors Lujan Grisham and Gordon Take Part in National Governors Association 'Disagree Better' Initiative

Cheyenne, WY – Governors Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M., and Mark Gordon, R-Wyo., on April 23rd, announced their participation in the National Governors Association (NGA) Disagree Better Initiative and released a related video. The two…

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EPA Awards New Mexico $156 Million for Solar for All Program - Funds Will Make Solar Power Available to 21,000 Low-Income Households

SANTA FE – On April 22nd, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that New Mexico has been awarded $156 million from the federal agency’s $7 billion Solar for All competition. The Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources…

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Governor Lujan Grisham Announces Special Session Starting July 18, 2024

SANTA FE — On April 17th, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham announced she will call the New Mexico Legislature into a special session on Thursday, July 18 to take up additional public safety protections that New Mexicans demand. Gov. Lujan…

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Governor Announces Judicial Appointment of Heidi Adams

SANTA FE –Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham announced on Tuesday, April 16th, the appointment of Heidi Adams as the Tenth Judicial District Attorney. Since 2015, Adams has served as the Chief Deputy District Attorney in the Tenth Judicial…

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Governors of New Mexico and Arizona Seek Federal Support to Transform Uranium Mining Cleanup

Santa Fe, NM - New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs today called for significant changes in national abandoned uranium mine cleanup policy in a letter to the federal government. In a letter to Brenda Mallory, Chair of…

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Governor’s Executive Order Strengthens State Agency Cybersecurity

Santa Fe, NM - Today, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued Executive Order 2024-011 (EO 2024-011), reinforcing New Mexico’s defenses against cybersecurity threats with stringent measures to safeguard sensitive state agency information. …

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Governor's Cabinet to Visit Farmington and Shiprock - Cabinet in Your Community Event April 11, 12 will Share Info, Resources

Santa Fe, NM - Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s cabinet secretaries will host community events in Farmington and Shiprock on April 11-12 to help residents navigate and procure available state and federal resources. “We want New Mexicans to…

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Governor Appoints Jodi McGinnis Porter as Deputy Director of Communications

Santa Fe, NM - Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham this week announced the appointment of Jodi McGinnis Porter as the new Deputy Director of Communications. In this role, McGinnis Porter will work closely with Director of Communications Michael Coleman to…

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Governor Lujan Grisham issues statement on passing of former Senator Leo Dow

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham on Saturday issued a statement following the May 3 passing of former New Mexico Sen. Leo Dow. “Senator Dow was an esteemed leader in his community and a dedicated public servant. He bravely served our country…

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Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to serve on U.S. Climate Alliance Executive Committee

New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has been selected to serve on the executive committee of the U.S. Climate Alliance. This appointment puts Gov. Lujan Grisham and the State of New Mexico at the forefront of the global movement to combat…

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Governor issues statement on National Missing or Murdered Indigenous Persons Awareness Day

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday issued a statement in recognition of National Missing or Murdered Indigenous Persons Awareness Day. “As of today, there are an estimated 200 missing indigenous New Mexicans. I say…

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Governor to participate in virtual Johns Hopkins Health Policy Forum

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday will participate in a virtual Johns Hopkins Health Policy Forum alongside Bloomberg School Dean Ellen MacKenzie. WHEN: 10-10:45 a.m. MT Friday, May 5 WHERE: Registration for the virtual event is available…

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Gov. Lujan Grisham joins Socorro school district to break ground on project to connect two of four remaining schools without high-speed internet

POLVADERA – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham today broke ground alongside school and public officials on a broadband project that will connect Midway and San Antonio Elementary Schools to improved internet services. Completion of the project will…

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Gov. Lujan Grisham to pursue anti-hazing legislation in next session

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued a statement following the filing of another lawsuit against a public higher education institution related to sexual abuse: “I am appalled by the allegations at New Mexico public universities involving…

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Governor Lujan Grisham issues statement on passing of former Governor Jerry Apodaca

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued a statement following the passing of former New Mexico Governor Jerry Apodaca on Wednesday: “I am saddened to hear of the passing of former Governor Jerry Apodaca. As the state’s…

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Governor announces $500 rebates to go out in mid-June

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham today announced that the state will begin sending out the newest round of rebates in mid-June, putting more than $673 million back into the pockets of New Mexicans. The state Taxation and Revenue Department (TRD) will…

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CYFD Secretary Barbara Vigil to transition to new role on Policy Advisory Council

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced today that Children, Youth and Families Department Secretary (CYFD) Barbara J. Vigil will transition from heading the Children, Youth and Family Services Department to serving on the newly…

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Governor signs measures to combat straw purchases, organized retail theft, and catalytic converter theft

ALBUQUERQUE – Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday signed three pieces of legislation into law aimed at curbing gun violence and theft. “These are all extremely important tools for law enforcement and prosecutors to help combat…

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Governor Lujan Grisham approves $500 rebates Governor also approves multiple tax cuts, credits targeting working families, health care, economy

SANTA FE – Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday signed into law key tax priorities that she proposed earlier this year. With her signature, $500 rebates will be delivered to more than 900,000 taxpayers this spring. The governor also…

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Governor signs bills to significantly improve health care access, affordability for New Mexicans

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed into law today five healthcare-related bills that will support and strengthen the state’s healthcare workforce and make healthcare more affordable and accessible across the state.…

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Governor signs into law protections for reproductive, gender-affirming health care providers and patients

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed into law today Senate Bill 13, enshrining in law protections for health care providers and patients in New Mexico. The bill is sponsored by Sens. Linda Lopez, Antoinette Sedillo Lopez, Nancy…

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New Mexico cannabis industry marks one year, more than $300 million in adult-use sales

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham today announced that the state saw $300 million in adult-use cannabis sales in its first year, which began in April 2022. In one year, the state has issued around 2,000 cannabis licenses across New Mexico, including 633…

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Gov. Lujan Grisham signs New Mexico Voting Rights Act into law

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday signed into law the New Mexico Voting Rights Act, continuing this administration’s efforts to strengthen voter rights and protections for every New Mexican. “Today, New Mexico is leading the…

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Governor to travel to Florida for Democratic Governors Association meeting

MEDIA ADVISORY: Governor to travel to Florida for Democratic Governors Association meeting Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham will travel to Florida today for a meeting of the Democratic Governors Association. She is expected to return on April 3.

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New Mexico Media Academy announces Albuquerque headquarters at Rail Yards

ALBUQUERQUE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced on Wednesday that the downtown Albuquerque Rail Yards will be the new headquarters for the New Mexico Media Academy, a collaborative workforce development initiative that will equip New…

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Governor signs Senate Bill 4, making universal free and healthy school meals the law of the land

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham today signed Senate Bill 4, ensuring all students have access to free and healthy school meals, alongside students at Pinon Elementary School in Santa Fe. The bill is sponsored by Senate Majority Whip…

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Gov. Lujan Grisham breaks ground on Creative Campus in Las Cruces

LAS CRUCES – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Tuesday broke ground on the new Creative Campus at New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Center, which will house the Las Cruces satellite campus of the New Mexico Media Academy alongside new…

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Governor signs bill to create state's first-ever dedicated source of recurring funding for conservation

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday signed Senate Bill 9 to establish the state’s first-ever dedicated source of recurring funding for conservation efforts. The Land of Enchantment Legacy Fund is sponsored by Majority…

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State to developmental disabilities program providers: If you abuse or neglect those in your care, we are coming for you

SANTA FE – Last weekend, more than 75 employees from the New Mexico Department of Health (DOH), Aging and Long-Term Services Department (ALTSD), and the Human Services Department (HSD) conducted in-person wellness checks on over 1,000 clients…

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Governor signs bill to bolster state's financial stability

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday signed Senate Bill 26, reinvesting some of the state’s oil and gas windfall in the Severance Tax Permanent Fund and lessening any impacts to the general fund from future volatility in the…

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Governor urges fiscal responsibility on tax package

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday urged the Legislature to re-evaluate the magnitude of the omnibus tax bill now being considered. Following significant changes made on the House floor, House Bill 547 would reduce General Fund…

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Governor announces members of new CYFD Advisory Council

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Tuesday announced the members selected to serve on the Children Youth and Families Department (CYFD) Advisory Council. The members were appointed following an executive order directing its creation…

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Governor signs House Bill 7, Reproductive and Gender-Affirming Health Care Act

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday morning, signed into law House Bill 7, the Reproductive and Gender-Affirming Health Care Act, which prohibits public bodies, including local municipalities, from denying, restricting, or…

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Governor brokers bipartisan compromise on medical malpractice legislation

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Tuesday brokered a bipartisan agreement with Senate Majority Floor Leader Peter Wirth and Senate Minority Floor Leader Greg Baca that would revise New Mexico’s medical malpractice law. Senate…

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Governor, parents urge House to pass House Bill 285, Special Education Act, today

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan on Wednesday urged the House to vote on and pass House Bill 285, the Special Education Act. The bill has been awaiting a vote on the House floor for nearly a week. “New Mexico families are tired of hearing…

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Leadership for Public Education Department, Department of Veterans Services and General Services Department confirmed

SANTA FE – Gov. Lujan Grisham on Wednesday announced the Senate confirmation of three additional cabinet leaders, all of whom are esteemed professionals in their fields and will continue their service to New Mexicans during the…

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Governor signs House Bill 9, the Bennie Hargrove Gun Safety Act

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham today signed House Bill 9, the Bennie Hargrove Gun Safety Act, which prevents gun violence by requiring gun owners to keep firearms safely stored. The legislation is sponsored by Senate President Pro Tem…

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New Mexico breaks another enrollment record thanks to the Opportunity Scholarship

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced today that spring enrollment at New Mexico’s public colleges and universities is up by 6 percent compared to last spring, continuing an upward trend following the passage of the Opportunity Scholarship…

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Governor appoints Edward T. Garcia to State Game Commission

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday?announced?the appointment of Edward Garcia as an at-large member of the State Game Commission.? Edward Garcia is the Executive Chairman of the Garcia Automotive Family Dealerships. He has more…

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Gov. Lujan Grisham issues statement on passing of former Navajo Nation President Peterson Zah

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Wednesday issued a statement following the passing of former Navajo Nation Chairman and President Peterson Zah. “Chairman and President Zah committed himself to service to the Navajo people,…

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Governor nominates regents for New Mexico colleges and universities

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday announced three appointments to the boards of regents for Eastern New Mexico University, the New Mexico Military Institute, and New Mexico State University. The appointees must be confirmed by…

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Gov. Lujan Grisham appoints Lincoln County Commissioner

SANTA FE – Today, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced the selection of Pierre Pfeffer as District 4 Lincoln County Commissioner. Pfeffer was chosen from among potential candidates who submitted their resumes for the position after former…

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Governor Lujan Grisham signs bipartisan Hermit's Peak-Calf Canyon fire recovery bill

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Monday signed Senate Bill 6 alongside sponsors Sen. Pete Campos, Sen. Liz Stefanics, Rep. Ambrose Castellano and Rep. Joseph L. Sanchez as well as local and state officials. Senate Bill 6 will provide…

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Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham introduces historic tax reform

SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham unveiled bipartisan legislation Thursday that would lower the state’s Gross Receipts Tax rate an additional quarter-percent to 4.625 percent and create a deduction for a wide range of services sold…

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Gov. Lujan Grisham to be appointed to Council of Governors by President Biden

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Office of President Joe Biden announced on Thursday his intent to appoint Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to his Council of Governors, a bipartisan group of 10 governors focused on improving national and state responses to…

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Gov. Lujan Grisham announces legislation to continue growth of state film jobs and workforce training

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Wednesday announced the introduction of legislation that will update the state’s film and media industry incentives program, continuing to foster the industry’s record-breaking growth and…

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Governor lauds passage of legislation banning the sale of assault weapons through first committee

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Tuesday lauded the passage of House Bill 101, the Assault Weapons Regulation Act, prohibiting the sale of assault weapons in New Mexico, from the House Consumer and Public Affairs. The bill is…

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Governor announces members of new Business Advisory Council for Crime Reduction

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday announced the members of the newly created Business Advisory Council for Crime Reduction, tasked with supporting the governor in addressing crime affecting businesses statewide. The group held…

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Gov. Lujan Grisham announces introduction of bipartisan legislation prohibiting "straw purchases" of firearms

SANTA FE – Gov. Lujan Grisham and House Minority Leader Ryan Lane on Friday announced the introduction of House Bill 306, legislation prohibiting so-called “straw purchases” of firearms and making the crime a fourth-degree felony.…

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Governor Lujan Grisham announces new secretary of Indian Affairs Department

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday announced the appointment of James R. Mountain of the Pueblo de San Ildefonso as the secretary of the New Mexico Indian Affairs Department. “Governor Mountain has an impressive history…

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Governor announces legislation to improve New Mexico special education

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday announced the introduction of legislation designed to support New Mexico students with disabilities and improve special education in schools across the state. Sponsored by Representative…

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Governor touts legislation to reduce educator healthcare costs as bill passes first committee

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Wednesday announced the introduction and progress of legislation that will reduce the burden of healthcare costs borne by New Mexico educators. Sponsored by Representative Ray Lara, House Bill 102 was…

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Public safety expert, District Attorney testify in support of keeping potentially dangerous offenders behind bars pending trial

SANTA FE – Today, Bernalillo County District Attorney Sam Bregman and Department of Public Safety Deputy Secretary Benjamin A. Baker provided expert testimony during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the Governor’s proposal to…

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Gov. Lujan Grisham announces legislation to tackle organized retail crime

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Monday announced the introduction of legislation designed to combat the funding of organized crime through retail theft and support the prosecution of organized retail crime. Sponsored by Rep. Marian…

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Gov. Lujan Grisham announces bipartisan legislation to establish Rural Health Care Delivery Fund

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Monday announced the introduction and progress of bipartisan legislation creating a new fund that will support rural facilities and providers across New Mexico and improve access to health care for…

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Steinhaus retires after long and successful career in education

SANTA FE – The Office of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Saturday announced the retirement of Public Education Department Secretary Kurt Steinhaus after a lengthy and distinguished career in New Mexico public education. “I am deeply…

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Human Services Secretary Dr. David Scrase announces retirement from state government

SANTA FE – The Office of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday announced the retirement of Dr. David Scrase from state government. Scrase has served as secretary of the Human Services Department since the governor took office in 2019 and…

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Governor introduces bipartisan "Land of Enchantment Legacy Fund" proposal for land and water conservation

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday announced the introduction of Senate Bill 9, the “Land of Enchantment Legacy Fund,” sponsored by Senator Peter Wirth, Senator Steven Neville, and Rep. Nathan Small. The fund would…

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Governor announces plan to deliver economic relief to New Mexicans

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Wednesday announced her plan to deliver economic relief to New Mexicans with the introduction of legislation that will send one-time rebates to approximately 875,000 New Mexico taxpayers. Sponsored…

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General Services Department Secretary John Garcia to depart administration

SANTA FE – The Office of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Wednesday announced that General Services Department Secretary John Garcia will depart state government after a long career in public service at both the local and state levels. His last…

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Office of the Governor seeks applicants for Lincoln and Torrance county commissions

SANTA FE – The Office of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is seeking candidates to fill two vacancies on county commissions: the District 4 seat on the Lincoln County Commission and the District 3 seat on the Torrance County Commission. The…

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Governor proclaims State Agency Fire Response Appreciation Week

SANTA FE – Gov. Lujan Grisham today proclaimed the week of January 23rd as State Agency Fire Response Appreciation Week to honor the dedication and hard work of personnel across state agencies who responded to New Mexico’s historic…

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New Mexico on the move: Gov. Lujan Grisham delivers first State of the State address of her second term, announces legislative agenda for the 2023 session

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Tuesday issued her fifth State of the State address, the first of her second term as governor, laying out her legislative priorities for the 2023 legislative session. The full text of the…

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Gov. issues statement on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Monday issued the following statement in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day: “On this day we come together to honor the life and work of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Let us all remain committed to…

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Governor issues statement on arrest of suspect in shootings at elected officials' homes

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Monday issued a statement following the arrest of former Republican state house candidate Solomon Peña on allegations related to shootings at the homes of multiple local elected officials:…

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Governor urges FEMA to ensure New Mexicans are made whole through Hermit's Peak/Calf Canyon Fire Assistance Act

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced on Saturday that the Office of the Governor has filed her comments to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) regarding the agency’s draft rules to govern the distribution of $3.95…

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State awards $45 million to local and tribal governments for recreational facilities and community quality of life improvements

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and the Department of Finance and Administration on Friday announced the award of $45 million from the Regional Recreation Centers/Qualify of Life Grant to tribal, municipal, and county governments across…

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Donnie Quintana appointed Secretary of Veterans Services

SANTA FE – The Office of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday announced that retired Army Col. Donnie Quintana has been appointed Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services. Quintana has served as Deputy Secretary and…

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Governor appoints James Ellison to PRC

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Tuesday announced the appointment of James F. Ellison, Jr., to the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission. Brian K. Moore, who was previously appointed to the commission, submitted a letter of…

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Governor fills Sandoval County Commission vacancy

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Tuesday announced the appointment of Joshua Jones to the Sandoval County Commission. Jones is a veteran who served in the Military Police and was previously a Wounded Warrior Fellow for former…

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Gov. Lujan Grisham releases FY24 executive budget recommendation

SANTA FE – Amid an unprecedented fiscal outlook for the state, the New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration on Tuesday released the FY24 Executive Budget Recommendation from the administration of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham,…

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Application opens for PRC Tribal Advisory Council

SANTA FE – The Office of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Monday announced the opening of the application period for the Public Regulation Commission Tribal Advisory Council. Created by the governor’s Dec. 30, 2022, executive order, the…

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Governor's Office announces new chief of staff

SANTA FE – The Office of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham announced on Thursday that Daniel Schlegel will serve as the governor’s chief of staff. Interim Chief of Staff Courtney Kerster will return to her role as senior advisor to the…

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Governor appoints Second Judicial District Attorney

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Tuesday announced the appointment of Albuquerque litigator and former prosecutor Sam Bregman as Second Judicial District Attorney. Bregman will begin in the position immediately. He will fill a…

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Governor appoints three to Public Regulation Commission, signs executive order creating Tribal Advisory Council

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday announced the appointment of Gabriel Aguilera, Brian Moore and Patrick O’Connell to the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC). They will begin in their roles at the PRC on Jan.…

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Governor appoints Patrick M. Allen as Department of Health cabinet secretary

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday announced the appointment of Patrick M. Allen as cabinet secretary of the Department of Health. Allen will assume leadership of the department Jan. 3, 2023. “Patrick is a regulator and…

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Governor announces Casa Connection housing grant awards

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Wednesday announced $10.6 million in awards from the Casa Connection Grant Program to organizations across New Mexico to provide transitional housing for vulnerable populations experiencing…

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State unemployment reaches lowest rate since June 2008 under Gov. Lujan Grisham

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and the state Department of Workforce Solutions announced on Friday that New Mexico’s unemployment rate has decreased to 4.1%, the lowest the rate since June 2008. The governor released the…

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Governor announces investment in high-quality tutoring for New Mexico students at no cost to families

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and the Public Education Department on Thursday announced a new state investment for the targeted expansion of free high-quality tutoring for math, reading, and science for students across New Mexico.…

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Gov. Lujan Grisham announces Scott Groginsky as education policy advisor

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday announced the appointment of Scott Groginsky as her education policy advisor. Groginsky will work alongside Children’s Cabinet Director Mariana Padilla and state education department…

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Governor Tests Positive for Covid-19- Nov 23,2022

Governor Tests Positive for Covid-19 SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham tested positive for COVID-19 late Wednesday afternoon. Per state and CDC guidance and protocol, Gov. Lujan Grisham is currently isolating at the governor’s…

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Governor Lujan Grisham Concludes Time at U.N. Climate Conference in Egypt

Governor Lujan Grisham Concludes Time at U.N. Climate Conference in Egypt SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt – Gov. Lujan Grisham concluded a successful itinerary at COP27, representing New Mexico on the world stage alongside international climate…

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DFA Secretary Deborah Romero To Retire After Nearly 50 Years In State Government

DFA Secretary Deborah Romero To Retire After Nearly 50 Years In State Government SANTA FE – The Office of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham on Tuesday announced that Department of Finance and Administration Secretary Deborah Romero will…

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Gov. Lujan Grisham Announces $20 Million In Awards For Housing Stability

Gov. Lujan Grisham Announces $20 Million In Awards For Housing Stability SANTA FE – Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and the New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) announced today over $20 million in awards to 41…

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Gov. Lujan Grisham announces Amy Whitfield as housing and homelessness advisor

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday announced the appointment of Amy Whitfield as housing and homelessness advisor to the Office of the Governor. Whitfield’s focus will be on spearheading innovative and effective solutions…

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Moody's: New Mexico education investments a credit positive

SANTA FE – Moody’s Investors Service recently underscored the socioeconomic importance of state education investments made under Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, highlighting the constitutional amendment recently approved by New Mexico…

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Governor's Office accepting applications for Second Judicial District Attorney

SANTA FE – The Office of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham on Wednesday announced that it is accepting applications to fill the upcoming vacancy for the Second Judicial District Attorney. Minimum qualifications include a Juris Doctorate degree…

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Governor issues statement on Veterans Day

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday issued the following statement in honor of Veterans Day: “Today I offer my profound and sincere thanks to all those who have served our great country. New Mexico is home to over 130,000…

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Governor announces broadband expansion funding for initial Connect New Mexico Pilot Program awardees

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday announced the recipients of $38.6 million in funding through the Connect New Mexico Pilot Program, the state’s most ambitious broadband expansion effort in history. The initial funding…

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Indian Affairs Secretary to depart administration

SANTA FE – The Office of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday announced that New Mexico Indian Affairs Department Secretary Lynn Trujillo will depart the administration at the end of the month. “I am deeply grateful to Lynn for her…

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Gov. Lujan Grisham makes Bernalillo County Metro Court appointment

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Wednesday announced the appointment of Shonetta Estrada to fill a judicial vacancy on the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court. Estrada currently serves as a senior trial attorney in the Second…

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Gov. Lujan Grisham to represent NM, US at UN Climate Change Conference in Egypt

SHARM EL SHEIKH, Egypt – The Office of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced on Wednesday that New Mexico’s nation-leading climate change achievements and goals will be on the world stage as Gov. Lujan Grisham attends the 27th United…

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Gov. statement on Hobbs City Commission vote

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Monday issued a statement following the Hobbs City Commission vote to approve a resolution that seeks to criminalize aspects of providing essential reproductive health care, including medication…

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Governor joins ABQ officials in celebrating official opening of renovated affordable housing

ALBUQUERQUE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Wednesday joined Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller and local elected officials in a ribbon-cutting celebrating the significant renovation of 96 affordable housing units at The Commons at Martineztown.…

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Gov. Lujan Grisham announces $2.2 million state investment in Barelas MainStreet project

ALBUQUERQUE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Tuesday announced a $2.2 million state investment in the Barelas MainStreet project, supporting community growth and economic development by making safety improvements and streetscape enhancements…

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Gov. Lujan Grisham breaks ground on Albuquerque expansion of bioscience company Curia

ALBUQUERQUE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham joined company officials today in breaking ground on Curia’s Albuquerque expansion that will create hundreds of new jobs in New Mexico. The State of New Mexico is contributing up to $5 million…

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Opportunity Scholarship grows New Mexico college enrollment by over 4% in first increase since 2010

Second-highest enrollment increase in the country; Thousands more New Mexicans pursuing college and career training SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and the state Higher Education Department announced on Thursday that New Mexico…

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Governor announces investment in high-quality tutoring for New Mexico students

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and the Public Education Department on Friday announced a new state investment for the targeted expansion of high-quality tutoring for math, reading, and science for students across New Mexico. As part…

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State unemployment reaches lowest rate since July 2008 under Gov. Lujan Grisham

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and the state Department of Workforce Solutions announced on Friday that New Mexico’s unemployment rate continued to decrease and at 4.2% is now the lowest it has been since July 2008. Over the last…

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Governor applauds president's commitment to national codification of abortion rights

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Tuesday issued the following statement on President Joe Biden’s announcement that he will seek to codify abortion rights at the national level in the next Congress: “Every New Mexican…

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Veterans Services secretary to depart

SANTA FE – The Office of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham on Tuesday announced that New Mexico Department of Veterans Services Secretary Sonya Smith will depart the administration next month as she relocates to be closer to family. “I…

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Governor, Burrell Aviation announce cargo flight expansion at Doña Ana County Jetport

SANTA TERESA – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday joined Burrell Aviation and Doña Ana County officials to announce a new $72-million cargo aviation facility at the Doña Ana County Jetport. The governor and Burrell Aviation…

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State awards over $194 million in Rental and Utility Assistance to New Mexicans

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Wednesday announced the state has provided over $194 million in rental and utility assistance through the first round of funding for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, helping 54,717 New Mexico…

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Gov. Lujan Grisham establishes Cybersecurity Planning Committee

SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Monday announced that she has signed an executive order establishing a new Cybersecurity Planning Committee to guide New Mexico’s initiatives to protect the state’s Information security and…

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Gov. Lujan Grisham breaks ground on Behavioral Health Crisis Center

ALBUQUERQUE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Monday joined officials from the University of New Mexico and local elected officials to break ground on the new Behavioral Health Crisis Center, expanding access to psychiatric and behavioral…

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Governor announces $1.1 million for Kearny Film Studio and Education Center in Raton

RATON – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced today that her administration has pledged $1.1 million in capital outlay to support a new film and media school and studio in Raton. The City of Raton, in partnership with the nonprofit El Raton…

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Gov. Lujan Grisham breaks ground on new long-term care facility in Colfax County funded through $15 million in governor's capital outlay

New building will replace current Colfax General Long-Term Care Facility, which serves as county’s only nursing home SPRINGER – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday broke ground on a new long-term care facility in Springer made…

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Gov. Lujan Grisham makes impromptu stop at the New Mexico Veterans Home to visit with veterans, check on progress of improvements

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Tuesday conducted an impromptu visit to the New Mexico Veterans Home in Truth or Consequences to meet with residents and staff to personally check on the progress of improvements recently…

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Governor's Wildfire Grant Program provides $1.5 million to assist 162 businesses affected by wildfires

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced on Wednesday that $1.5 million has been awarded to 162 New Mexican businesses as part of the Wildfire Business Assistance Grant Program she created in August. Some 100 businesses will receive the maximum award…

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Gov. Lujan Grisham opens new state employee child care facilities

Centers will support state workers and families, continue to expand New Mexico’s affordable child care availability SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Monday celebrated the opening of two child care facilities for state…

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Governor signs emergency declaration for Catron County due to flooding

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency in Catron County due to recent severe flooding, making available additional funding and state resources for affected communities. The…

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New Mexico unemployment continues to decrease under Gov. Lujan Grisham

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and the state Department of Workforce Solutions announced on Friday that New Mexico’s unemployment rate continues to decrease and at 4.4% is now the lowest it has been since August 2008. While the…

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Gov. Lujan Grisham announces $5 million state investment in Taos County Green Corridor

ARROYO SECO – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Wednesday announced a $5 million state investment in the Taos County Green Corridor, a series of projects throughout the county and the Rio Hondo watershed that will reduce wildfire risk, repair…

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Governor signs emergency declaration for Village of Cuba due to water system damage

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday announced that she has signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency in Sandoval County due to damage to the Village of Cuba’s water system infrastructure, making funding…

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Gov. Lujan Grisham signs executive order expanding access to reproductive health care in New Mexico

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Wednesday signed an executive order further expanding access to reproductive health care in the state of New Mexico, continuing to build on her efforts as governor to increase access to affordable…

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Gov. Lujan Grisham issues statement on passing of Stephen Arias

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued a statement following the death of Stephen Arias, who served as the Chief Clerk at the state House of Representatives for more than 30 years: “It is with great sadness that I recognize the…

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Governor issues executive clemency to six individuals

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Monday issued executive clemency to six individuals convicted of crimes in New Mexico, all but one of whom was found guilty of non-violent offenses. The forgiven offenses committed by the individuals…

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Governor establishes ERPO task force

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday signed an executive order establishing a task force dedicated to the coordination and promotion of the Extreme Risk Firearm Protection Order, common-sense gun violence prevention legislation…

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New Mexico hospitality jobs, number of food establishments exceed pre-pandemic levels

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday announced that New Mexico leisure and hospitality jobs now exceed pre-pandemic levels, with the Department of Workforce Solutions estimating that 100.6% of jobs in leisure and hospitality have…

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Governor tests positive for COVID-19

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday morning. Per state and CDC guidance and protocol, Gov. Lujan Grisham is currently isolating at the governor’s residence and will continue her official…

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Gov. Lujan Grisham announces flooding impacts to be added to state disaster declaration

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has granted her request to include flooding impacts in New Mexico’s disaster declaration for counties affected by wildfires,…

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Gov. Lujan Grisham statement on passing of Navajo Code Talker Samuel Sandoval

Gov. Lujan Grisham issued the following statement on Saturday following the passing of Navajo Nation Code Talker Samuel Sandoval, born in Nageezi, New Mexico: “New Mexico is proud to have been home to so many Navajo Code Talkers, including…

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Governor announces $2.1 million investment for new Luna County emergency operations center

DEMING – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday was joined by local officials and first responders in announcing $2.1 million in state funding for a new emergency operations center in Luna County. “Every minute of every day, heroes…

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Governor declares state of emergency for City of Las Vegas, makes $2.25 million available to protect drinking water

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday signed executive orders declaring a state of emergency in the City of Las Vegas due to burn scar flooding threatening the area’s drinking water supply. The executive orders make $2.25…

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New Mexico’s nationally leading oil and gas emissions rule becomes law

SANTA FE — A nationally leading rule over the oil and gas industry that will cut harmful air emissions by 260 million pounds is now state law – a fulfillment of one of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s first commitments made in office.…

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Gov. Lujan Grisham announces $10 million state investment in Bear Canyon Dam project

SILVER CITY – Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham was joined by Lt. Gov. Howie Morales, state and local officials and members of the public on Thursday to break ground on the Bear Canyon Dam project, which the governor is supporting through $10…

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Governor announces $25 million in state support for critical Silver City-Deming highway expansion

HURLEY – Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday was joined by city and county leaders in announcing $25 million in state funding for the expansion and improvement of US 180 from Silver City to Deming. The project will expand a 38-mile…

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Gov. Lujan Grisham announces Las Cruces as location for new media academy satellite campus

LAS CRUCES – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced on Tuesday that the first satellite campus for New Mexico’s Next Generation Media Academy will be co-located with Doña Ana Community College and New Mexico State University at the…

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Governor secures additional housing assistance for New Mexicans affected by wildfires

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Tuesday announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has granted New Mexico’s request for Direct Temporary Housing Assistance, initiating a process that will make housing…

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Gov. Lujan Grisham breaks ground on new state-of-the-art residences at State Veterans’ Home

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham joined New Mexico veterans on Tuesday to break ground on new residences at the New Mexico State Veterans’ Home in Truth or Consequences, fulfilling her pledge to build new…

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