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Senator Stuart Ingle  - Minority Floor Leader
 

 District:  27
 County:
 Chaves, Curry, De Baca, Lea, Roosevelt
 Capitol Phone:  986-4702
 Standing Committees:
 Committees' Committee
 Indian and Cultural Affairs
 Rules
 E-Mail:  stuart.ingle@nmlegis.gov
 Occupation:  Farmer
 Address:  2106 West University Drive
 Portales, New Mexico  88130

 Senator Since:
 1985

BIOGRAPHY:
Senate Minority Floor Leader Stuart Ingle has served as a State Senator since 1985.  He serves Senate District 27 in Eastern New Mexico that includes portions of  Chaves, Curry, De Baca, Lea and Roosevelt Counties.  Senator Ingle was elected by his fellow Republican Senators as their Floor Leader in 2000, 2002 and again in 2004.  Before that, he was elected Senate Minority Whip and Senate Republican Caucus Chair.

During the Legislative Session, Senator Ingle serves on the following committees: Committee's Committee, Indian and Cultural Affairs, and Rules.

In between sessions, during the interim, Senator Ingle serves on various committees, including the Legislative Finance Committee and the Legislative Council.  

Ingle, who volunteers his time as a State Senator, is a farmer in Southeastern New Mexico who grows mainly wheat and sorghum.  He was born in Clovis and raised in Portales.  He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science and Nutrition from Oklahoma State University.
 
The Senator is the proud father of two daughters - Jennifer, a medical doctor at the University of Texas hospital in San Antonio and Laura, a CPA in Dallas.
             
Senator William H. Payne  - Minority Whip
 
 District:  20
 County:
 Bernalillo
 Capitol Phone:  505-986-4703
 Standing Committees:
 Judiciary-Ranking Member
 Conservation
 Committees' Committee
 E-Mail:  william.payne@nmlegis.gov
 Occupation:  Attorney
 Address:  Box 14823
 Albuquerque, New Mexico  97191
 Senator Since:
 1985

BIOGRAPHY:
New Mexico State Senator William (Bill) H. Payne is the Senate Minority Whip and serves Senate District 20 in the far northeast heights of Albuquerque.
 
Senator Payne was raised in Albuquerque, N.M., and following completion of undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of New Mexico, entered the Navy in 1975. During his first 11 years of active duty, Senator Payne served in Underwater Demolition Team ELEVEN, SEAL Team ONE, the U.S. Naval Academy, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Naval Special Warfare Unit ONE.  Additionally, the Navy sent Senator Payne to Georgetown University where he earned an M.A. in Government from and a certificate in National Security Studies.

Returning to Albuquerque from active duty in 1986, Senator Payne completed his J.D. degree at the University of New Mexico School of Law where he was Associate Editor of the Natural Resources Journal. He is currently licensed to practice in New Mexico and the District of Columbia.

Senator Payne was the first career reserve Navy SEAL to be promoted to Rear Admiral and  served in the Navy for nearly 35 years of active and reserve service including multiple call-ups to active duty before retiring in October of 2009. Among his Rear Admiral positions, he served as Deputy Director for Strategy, Plans and Policy at United States Central Command, Director of Operations at United States State’s Special Operations Command, and Deputy Commander United States Navy Special Warfare Command.

Senator Payne was first elected to the Senate in 1996, where he now is the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, a member of the Energy Council, a Commissioner of the Uniform Law Commission, and the recognized leader for utility, veteran/military affairs, and natural resource issues in the Senate.
 
Senator Payne is married to Deborah Payne, a retired Commander U.S. Navy, and a retired manager at Sandia National Laboratories. They have two children and two granddaughters.

               
Senator Stephen P. Neville  - Senate Minority Caucus



 District:  2
 County:  San Juan
 Capitol Phone:  505-986-4701
 Standing Committees:
 Finance
 E-Mail:  nmsenate@msn.com
 Occupation:  Real Estate Appraiser
 Address:  PO Box 1570
 Aztec, NM  87410
 Senator Since:  2005

BIOGRAPHY:
Senator Steven Neville and his wife Tammy Neville reside in Farmington, New Mexico.  Steven owns and runs a Real Estate Appraiser business in Aztec.  He graduated from Moriarty High School.  Steven studied Agriculture/Economics at New Mexico State University where he received a B.S. and M.S.

 In January of 2005, Steven began serving his first term in the New Mexico State Senate.  During the Legislative Session, the Senator serves on the Senate Finance Committee.  Interim Committees he serves on include: Retirement Systems Solvency Task Force, Water and Natural Resources Committee, Regulatory Reform Subcommittee, Investments Oversight Committee, Legislative Ethics Committee, Revenue Stabilization and Tax Policy Committee and Legislative Finance Committee.

Special interests and community involvement of the Senator include: San Juan Board of Realtors Member, Aztec Chamber of Commerce, Appraisal Institute Board, Farmington Chamber of Commerce, Aztec City Commission, New Mexico Jaycees, San Juan Fair Board, NM Association of Counties, and San Juan County Commission.

As a business owner, Senator Neville has a passion for the success of small businesses in New Mexico.  He believes in the investment in New Mexico youth today, for a better future for tomorrow. 

Senator Sue Wilson Beffort 

 
 District:  19
 County:  Bernalillo, Sandoval, Santa Fe, Torrance
 Capitol Phone:  505-986-4395
 Standing Committees:  Finance
 E-Mail:  sue.beffort@nmlegis.gov
 Occupation:  Employment Consultant
 Address:  67 Raindance Road
 Sandia Park, NM  87047
 Senator Since:  1997

BIOGRAPHY:
As a former small business owner (Sue Wilson Personnel Services), she has been committed to forwarding a pro-business agenda in Santa Fe.  She co-sponsored former Governor Gary Johnson’s Income Tax bills for several years and was the Republican Co-sponsor for Governor Richardson’s Income Tax and Capital Gains Tax bill that is current law.

Other significant initiatives have been in the area of water law, introducing the concept of water banking, and sponsoring major legislation that will be key in helping New Mexico with drought and Silvery Minnow challenges.  She has also been an activist for medical issues, particularly in the areas of nursing and dentistry.

She was the author of the Minority Report submitted to Governor Richardson, that presented and alternative approach to that of the Governor’s Taskforce on Health Care Coverage and Access.  Another key accomplishment was the sponsorship of the Renewable Energy Bill, enabling New Mexico to profit by becoming a major producer of wind energy, thus, achieving clean air goals.  

Her husband, Steve Beffort, who served as Governor Johnson’s General Services Secretary, is now Vice President of Institutional and Support Services at UNM.

Senator Sue Wilson Beffort is serving her fifth, four-year term in the New Mexico State Legislature.  She currently is the ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee.  Her interim committees are Legislative Finance, Health and Human Services, Ethics, and New Mexico Finance Authority Oversight Committees. 

Senator Craig W. Brandt 

 District:  40
 County:  Sandoval
 Capitol Phone:  505-986-4267
 Standing Committees:  Education
 Public Affairs-Ranking Member
 E-Mail:  craig.brandt@nmlegis.gov
 Occupation:  Clergy
 Address:  7247 Milan Hills Road, NE
  Rio Rancho, NM  87144
 Senator Since:  2013


BIOGRAPHY:
New Mexico State Senator Craig Brandt of Rio Rancho began serving in the New Mexico Senate since 2013.  He resides in Rio Rancho and represents District 40 which includes Rio Rancho and the town of Bernalillo in Sandoval County.

Senator Brandt serves as Ranking Member of the Public Affairs Committee and also serves on the Education Committee.  In addition to serving as a citizen legislator, Senator Brandt is a member of the Clergy.  He is also a veteran who served in the USAF as a Security Policeman and has served as vice-president of the Rio Rancho School Board.

Senator Brandt was raised in Quincy, California and went to school at Quincy Jr./Sr. High.  He received a BA degree from Oklahoma Baptist University in 2000.

Senator Brandt has been married to his wife, Tonia, for 24 years.  They have three children.

Senator William F. Burt 


 District:  33
 County:  Chaves, Lincoln, Otero
 Capitol Phone:  505-986-4367
 Standing Committees:  Finance
 E-Mail:  bill.burt@nmlegis.gov
 Occupation:  Small Business Owner
 Address:  Box 1848
 Alamogordo, NM  88311
 Senator Since:  2011


BIOGRAPHY:   
Senator William F. (Bill) Burt was appointed to the Senate in 2011 by Governor Susana Martinez.  He is currently serving his first term in the Senate.  He serves District 33 which encompasses a large portion of Chaves, Lincoln and Otero Counties.  He serves on the Finance Committee. 
 
Bill was born and raised in Deming, New Mexico.  He received his Bachelor's degree in mass communications from New Mexico State University. In addition to serving as a citizen legislator, Senator Burt is a business owner.  He is President and General Manager of Burt Broadcasting, Inc., a radio station company based in Alamogordo.  Governor Richardson appointed Bill as a member of the New Mexico Base Planning Commission where he currently serves.  In addition, he is a Holloman Air Force Base wingman and he serves as a member on the Alamogordo Committee of Fifty, where he's served as a former two-time chair.  He has served as president of the NM Broadcasters and was President of the Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce. 

Bill has been married to his wife, Donnie, for 37 years.  Together they have two children and four grandchildren.


Senator Lee S. Cotter 


 District:  36
 County:  Dona Ana
 Capitol Phone:  505-986-4377
 Standing Committees:  Corporations and Transportation
 Education
 E-Mail:  lee.cotter@nmlegis.gov
 Occupation:  Real Estate Investor
 Address:  6670 Butterfield Ridge Drive
 Las Cruces, NM  88007
 Senator Since:  2013


BIOGRAPHY:
New Mexico State Senator Lee Cotter, of Las Cruces, has served in the New Mexico Senate since 2013.  He represents District 36 which includes Las Cruces in Dona Ana County.

Senator Cotter serves on the Corporations and Transportation Committee as well as the Education Committee.

In addition to serving as a citizen legislator, Senator Cotter is a Real Estate Investor.  He has served on the Rio Grande Natural Gas Association Board of Directors to insure Dona Ana County residents receive a reliable and the lowest possible natural gas cost to heat their homes and businesses.

Senator Cotter was raised in Las Cruces, New Mexico and attended Las Cruces High School.  He received a BS in Civil Engineering from New Mexico State University in 1977 and received a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Arizona in 1991.



Senator Ron Griggs 


 District:  34
 County:  Otero, Dona Ana, Eddy
 Capitol Phone:  505-986-4276
 Standing Committees:  Judiciary
 Public Affairs
 E-Mail:  ron.griggs@nmlegis.gov
 Occupation:  Retired Business Owner
 Address:  2704 Birdie Loop
 Alamogordo, NM  88310
 Senator Since:  2013

BIOGRAPHY:
New Mexico State Senator Ron Griggs of Alamogordo has served in the New Mexico Senate since 2013.  He represents District 34 which includes Alamogordo and Otero, Dona Ana, and Eddy Counties.

Senator Griggs is a member of the Senate Public Affairs Committee and also serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

In addition to serving as a citizen legislator, Senator Griggs is a retired small business owner and has worked in the oil and gas industry for nearly 20 years.  He is the former Mayor of Alamogordo, a former City Commissioner, and has served on several local volunteer boards.

Ron was born in Portales and raised in Alamogordo, New Mexico.  He received a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from New Mexico State University.

Senator Griggs and his wife, Joan, have been married for 34 years.  They have two children: Erin Regrutto and her husband, Ryan and Reid Griggs and his wife, Crystal.  They have two grandchildren, Adi and Millie Regrutto.

Senator Gay G. Kernan 


 District:  42
 County:  Chaves, Lovington, Eddy, Lea
 Capitol Phone:  505-986-4274
 Standing Committees:
 Education-Ranking Member
 Public Affairs
 E-Mail:  gay.kernan@nmlegis.gov
 Occupation:  
 Address:  928 Mesa Verde
 Hobbs, NM  88240
 Senator Since:  2002

BIOGRAPHY:
Gay Gottshall Kernan was born in Oklahoma City, OK in 1947.  Her family moved to Hobbs, NM in 1954 where her father began an oilfield supply business.  She attended the Hobbs Municipal Schools, participating in activities such as Student Council, New Mexico Girl's State and the William Randolph Hearst Senate Youth Program in Washington, DC.  Following graduation from Hobbs High School, she attended the University of Mississippi in Oxford.  Gay continued her work in student government, serving in the Student Senate, serving as secretary to the Associated Student Body and as Senior Class Secretary.  Graduating with a B.A.E., Kernan moved to Houston, TX to begin her career in the field of education.

In 1973, Gay Gottshall married John B. Kernan and joined him in Galveston, TX where he was completing his medical education.   Following his graduation they moved to Shreveport, LA for residency training.  Eventually, Gay and John returned to Hobbs, NM where Dr. Kernan began his medical practice.  They have one daughter, Elizabeth, of Austin, TX.

Gay G. Kernan was involved in many community activities, serving on various boards and commissions.  Gay assumed responsibility for her father's storage facility and oil and gas lease in 1986 upon his death.  In 1992, she returned to the classroom and taught first grade for Hobbs Municipal Schools for 11 years.  For the past four years, she has served as the assistant coordinator for the Early Reading First Program and the Pre-Kindergarten Program in the Hobbs District.

In 2002, Governor Gary Johnson appointed Gay Kernan to fill the unexpired term in Senate District 42.  She ran for election in 2004 and was successful in retaining the seat.  Senator Kernan serves on the Senate Education Committee and the Senate Public Affairs Committee.  During the interim, she serves on the Legislative Education Study Committee, the Radioactive and Hazardous Materials Committee, the Water and Natural Resources Committee, the Courts, Corrections and Justice Oversight Committee, the Funding Formula Task Force and the Executive Committee of the Council of States Government-West.  Senator Kernan is serving her second full term in the New Mexico State Senate.

Gay Kernan continues to be active in her community.  She is a member of Rotary International, the PEO Sisterhood and the First United Methodist Church.

Senator Kernan has been awarded in the 2007 Lea County Women's Network Career Achievement Award, the 2006 Citizen of the Year Award (Hobbs Board of Realtors), the Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow, the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce Rookie Legislator of the Year Award, the Hobbs Jaycees Outstanding Young Woman, and the Hobbs Jaycees Family of the Year.

Senator Carroll H. Leavell 


 District:  41
 County:  Eddy, Lea
 Capitol Phone:  505-986-4278
 Standing Committees:
 Finance
 E-Mail:  leavell4@leaco.net
 Occupation:  Insurance
 Address:  Drawer D
 Jal, NM  88252
 Senator Since:  1997

BIOGRAPHY:
Senator Carroll Leavell was born in Clovis, New Mexico and resides in Jal, New Mexico.  He graduated from Jal High School in 1954.  He received a B.A. in  Business and Economics from Eastern New Mexico University in 1958.

He is married to Bobbie C. Leavell.  They have two children, Terri Leavell McWilliams and Kimberly Leavell Fulfer.  They have four grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Senator Leavell was the President and General Manager of Leavell Insurance and Real  Estate, Inc. and Leavell Insurance, Inc. from 1964-2002.  He is a member of the Society of Certified Insurance Commissioners and served as past President of the Independent Insurance Agents of New Mexico (1993-1994).  He is past President of National Conferences of Insurance Legislators, an organization of legislators from forty states.

Always actively involved in his community, he is a member and trustee of the First Methodist Church and the Jal Public Library.  He is a past  member of the Board of Directors of the New Mexico Junior College Foundation; Trustee of College of Southwest and Board of Directors Jal Hospital District.

Elected to the Senate in 1996 to serve District 41, he is a member of the powerful Senate Finance Committee.  In the interim, he is a member of the Legislative Finance Committee, Radioactive and Hazardous Materials Oversight Committee, and Pensions & Investments Oversight Committee.  He is an advisory member of the Courts and Corrections Oversight Committee and Economic & Rural Development Committee.


 
Senator Mark Moores 

 District:  21
 County:  Bernalillo
 Capitol Phone:  505-986-4859
 Standing Committees:

 Corporations and Transportation
 Rules
 E-Mail:  mark.moores@nmlegis.gov
 Occupation:  Executive Director
 Address:  9641 Seligman Ave., NE
 Albuquerque, NM  87109
 Senator Since:  2013

BIOGRAPY:
New Mexico State Senator Mark Moores of Albuquerque has served in the New Mexico Senate since 2013.  He represents District 21 which includes Albuquerque in Bernalillo County. 

In addition to serving as a citizen legislator, Senator Moores is the Executive Director of the New Mexico Dental Association.  He was part of a team that coordinated the single largest charitable event in the history of the state.  New Mexico Mission of Mercy served 2,201 New Mexicans giving away $1.3 million in free dental care in two days.

The Senator served as former President of the UNM Letterman Association and currently is a Board Member of the UNM Lobo Club.

Senator Moores attended the University of New Mexico on a football scholarship.  He received a BA in Political Science while being a four year letterman on the offensive line for the Lobos.  He also earned an MBA from the UNM Anderson School of Management.

Senator Moores has a long family history in New Mexico.  His mother's side of the family has lived in the farming community of San Pedro for generations.

Senator Moores and his wife, LeeAnn have been married since 1995.  They have one daughter, Sara who attends La Cueva High School and where LeeAnn teaches math.  Both the Senator and his wife come from a family of educators.

Senators Moores has served on the staff of the late Congressman Steve Schiff and as a chief-of-staff for Lt. Governor Walter Bradley in the Johnson/Bradley administration.

Senator Cliff R. Pirtle 

 District:  32
 County:  Chaves, Eddy, Otero
 Capitol Phone:  505-986-4862
 Standing Committees:

 Indian and Cultural Affairs
 Rules
 E-Mail:  cliff.pirtle@nmlegis.gov
 Occupation:  Farmer
 Address:  3300 E. Bland Street
  Roswell, NM  88203
 Senator Since:  2013

BIOGRAPHY:
New Mexico State Senator Cliff R. Pirtle of Roswell has served in the New Mexico Senate since 2013.  

He represents District 32 which includes Roswell, Artesia, Dexter, Haggerman, Mescalero, and Lake Arthur in Chaves, Eddy, and Otero Counties.

Senator Pirtle serves on the Senate Rules Committee and on the Indian and Cultural Affairs Committee.  In addition to serving as a citizen legislator, Senator Pirtle is farmer.

Senator Pirtle was raised in Roswell, New Mexico and attended school at Roswell High School.

Senator Pirtle is married to Aysia and together they have one son, Ezekiel.



Senator Sander Rue 


 District:  23
 County:  Bernalillo
 Capitol Phone:  505-986-4375
 Standing Committees:

 Corporations and Transportation
 Rules-Ranking Member
 E-Mail:  sander.rue@nmlegis.gov
 Occupation:  Real Estate Appraiser
 Address:  7500 Rancho Solano Ct., NW
 Albuquerque, NM  87120
 Senator Since:  2009

BIOGRAPHY:
New Mexico State Senator Sander Rue of Albuquerque has served in the New Mexico Senate since 2009.  He has lived in Albuquerque for 50 years and has been a resident of State Senate District 23 for the past 19 years.

He represents District 23 which includes Albuquerque in Bernalillo County.

Senator Rue serves as the Ranking Member on the Senate Rules Committee and also serves on the Corporations and Transportation Committee.

In addition to serving as a citizen legislator, Senator Rue is Real Estate Appraiser.  He also serves and has served on the following:

   2003-2005     City of Albuquerque, Open Space Advisory Board       
   2004             Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Unification Charter Commission        
   2006-2008     City of Albuquerque Board of Ethics and Campaign Practices
   2002-Present  Founding President and current Vice-President - Rancho Sereno Neighborhood Association
   2007-2009      Board of Directors - Petroglyph Little League

Senator Rue was raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico and attended  Manzano High School.  He received a Business Administration degree from the University of New Mexico.

Senator Rue and his wife, Wendy, have four children. 

Senator John C. Ryan 


 District:  10
 County:  Bernalillo, Sandoval
 Capitol Phone:  505-986-4373
 Standing Committees:


 Conservation-Ranking Member
 Judiciary
 E-Mail:  john.ryan@nmlegis.gov
 Occupation:  Business Consultant
 Address:  1020 Salamanca NW
Albuquerque, NM  87107
 Senator Since:  2005

BIOGRAPHY:
New Mexico State Senator John C. Ryan of Albuquerque has served in the New Mexico Senate since 2005.  Senator Ryan won a highly competitive election to the New Mexico State Senate in 2004 and was reelected in 2008 and again in 2012.  He currently represents District 10, which includes the cities of Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and the Village of Los Ranchos de Albuquerque in Bernalillo and Sandoval Counties.  Mr. Ryan serves as the Ranking Member on the Senate Conservation Committee and is also a Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Senator Ryan began his career in public service in 1988 when he moved to Washington D.C. to work for United States Senator Pete Domenici.  He also served on the United States House Appropriations Committee for the former Chairman of the Agriculture and Rural Development Subcommittee on Appropriations, the late Congressman Joe Skeen from New Mexico.  In addition to serving as a citizen legislator, Senator Ryan owns a business consulting firm which provides expertise on federal government issues relating to water, power and appropriation matters.

Senator Ryan was raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico and attended St. Pius and Sandia High Schools.  He received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of New Mexico in 1988 and did Masters degree work at the University of Maryland.

Senator Ryan is married to Veronica Gonzales.  They have one daughter, Theodora.

Senator William E. Sharer 


 District:  1
 County:  San Juan
 Capitol Phone:  505-986-4381
 Standing Committees:


 Conservation
 Corporations & Transportation-Ranking Member
 Committee's Committee
 
 E-Mail:  william.sharer@nmlegis.gov
 Occupation:  Small Business Owner
 Address:  Box 203
 Farmington, NM  87499
 
 Senator Since:  2001

BIOGRAPHY:
New Mexico State Senator William E. (Bill) Sharer of Farmington has served in the New Mexico Senate since 2001.  He was born in Albuquerque and raised in Farmington where he currently represents District 1 in San Juan County.

Senator Sharer is the ranking member of the Corporations and Transportation committee and also serves on the Conservation Committee and the Committees' Committee when the legislature is in session.  In addition to serving as a citizen legislator, Senator Sharer is small business owner in Farmington.

Bill was educated at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell and received a Government degree from New Mexico State University.  He served in the United States Army from 1978 to 1992.  He is a small business owner in Farmington and is currently serving his third term in the New Mexico State Senate. 

Bill and his wife, Beth have two grown children and two grandchildren.

 “Real men wear kilts”

 
Senator Lisa Torraco 

 District:  18
 County:  Bernalillo
 Capitol Phone:  505-986-4266
 Standing Committees:

 Indian and Cultural
 Judiciary
 E-Mail:  lisa.torraco@nmlegis.gov
 Occupation:  Lawyer and
Small Business Owner
 Address:  1019 2nd St. NW
 Albuquerque, NM  87102
 Senator Since:  2013


BIOGRAPHY:
New Mexico State Senator Lisa Torraco of Albuquerque has served in the New Mexico Senate since 2013.  

She represents District 18 which includes Albuquerque in Bernalillo County.

Senator Torraco serves on the Senate Indian and Cultural Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee.

In addition to serving as a citizen legislator, Senator Torraco is a lawyer, with expertise in criminal law, and she is a small business owner.  She graduated cum laude with her B.A. in Economics from the University of New Mexico in 1988 and earned her J.D. from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 1991.  She is a strong advocate for women's rights and is committed to issues relating to children and education. 

Senator Torraco has four children and she enjoys attending her children's soccer,  basketball, and YAFL football games.

Senator Pat Woods 

 District:  7
 County:  Curry, Quay, Union
 Capitol Phone:  505-986-4393
 Standing Committees:

  Conservation
  Education
 E-Mail:  pat.woods@nmlegis.gov
 Occupation:  Farmer and Rancher
 Address:  4000 CR M
 Broadview, NM  88112
 Senator Since:  2013

BIOGRAPHY:
New Mexico State Senator Pat Woods of Broadview has served in the New Mexico Senate since 2013.  

He represents District 7 which includes Broadview, Clovis, Tucumcari, and Clayton in Curry, Quay, and Union Counties.

Senator Woods serves on the Senate Education Committee and the Senate Conservation Committee.  During the interim he serves on the Economic Development Committee, the Water and Natural Resources Committee and the Revenue Stabilization and Taxation Committee.

In addition to serving as a citizen legislator, Senator Woods is a farmer and rancher.  He has served on the Grady School Board, the Grady Methodist Church Board, the New Mexico Farm and Livestock County and State Boards, and the National Cattleman’s Beef Board.

Senator Woods was raised in Grady, New Mexico and attended school in Grady.  He received a Bachelor of Science degree from New Mexico State University.

Senator Woods has been married to his wife, Eva, for 42 years.  Together they have three children and four grandchildren.