The governor is the chief executive of the state, the governor has the sole power of accepting and rejecting bills into law.
*Asterisk notes an incumbent
Michelle lujan Grisham (D)
Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham began her career as the state BAR's attorney on elder abuse, and offered her services to elders pro bono. From there, she spent 14 years as director of the state agency on aging. In 2004 Michelle Lujan Grisham was appointed secretary of the Department of health where she served until 2007, and then in 2010 she ran for the Bernalillo Board of Commissioners, where she stayed until she was elected to Congress in 2012, and has continued to serve there. Michelle Lujan Grisham is a lifelong citizen of New Mexico, and is a 12th generation New Mexican. She attended the University of New Mexico where she attained her Bachelors Degree, and then her Law Degree. Michelle has always been a strong advocate of elders in New Mexico, and much of her plans for governor are based around creating, and retaining jobs here in New Mexico, in new cleaner industries.
Steve Pearce (R)
Congressman Steve Pearce began his career in 1970 with service in the United States Air Force, as a pilot in the Vietnam War until he was honorably discharged as a captain in 1976. In 1996 Pearce began his long career in politics when he ran for New Mexico House of Representatives, when he won, and would go on to serve 3 terms as a House Representative from NM HD 62. Then in 2002 he ran for United States House of Representatives and held his seat until 2008. After 2008, he returned, and ran for his seat again in 2010, and has held his seat since 2011. Steve Pearce was born and raised in Texas, but attended the University of New Mexico, where in 1970 he attained his Bachelor's degree, and in 1991 finished his return to schooling at the Eastern New Mexico University where he attained his masters degree. Steve Pearce is a devout Republican who believes in open functioning economy, minimal regulation, smaller government, and more manufacturing.