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It's been an honor to fight for Northern New Mexicans.

I want to continue to fight for them every day!    

-Richard Martinez



Born and raised in New Mexico, Senator Richard Martinez grew up in Guachupangue, a small farming community north of Santa Fe and Espanola: boarded by the Tewa Indian Tribal Pueblos of Santa Clara and Ohkay Owiengeh. This is where he learned the time-honored traditions and values of Northern New Mexico. His education includes graduation from Espanola High School and Northern New Mexico TVI in El Rito, and attendance at Northern New Mexico Community College.

Richard was elected to represent Senate District 5, which consists of Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Sandoval and Northern Santa Fe Counties in 2001. He served as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and serves as a member of the Senate Conservation Committee. Conservation is very important to our district, because of the vast amounts of acequia and water associations, farms, ranches and Land Grants, also known as Mercedes in Northern New Mexico.

Richard served as a Magistrate Judge for fourteen years prior to retirement and he served four years as the Rio Arriba County Treasurer.

Senator Martinez also served as the Rio Arriba Democratic Party Chairman and was elected in 2010 to serve as Chairman of the Hispanic Caucus of New Mexico State Legislators.

Upon retirement, Senator Martinez had 28 years of state and local government experience, and after 19 years as a New Mexico State Senator he completing 29 years as an elected County and State Official.



Senate District 5 includes Rio Arriba, Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval counties. Its largest population centers are Espanola, Los Alamos, and Chama. To view a comprehensive map that includes local precinct information click on the button below to view and download the map. 


As the June 2nd election approaches, you can request an absentee ballot from the link below. The application is easy to fill out and your local county clerk will mail you further instructions. 

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