About Lieutenant Governor John Sanchez


Lieutenant Governor John Sanchez, born and raised in Albuquerque, can trace his family roots back hundreds of years in New Mexico. John’s great-great grandfather was a territorial legislator from San Miguel County in 1860, beginning a tradition of public service.

The youngest of eight children, he was raised by a single mother who taught him the values he lives by today: hard work, self-reliance, and faith in God, as well as a firm belief in the unique opportunities that exist in America.

John has been a small business owner for nearly 30 years. Along with his wife Debra, they grew their small business into one of the most successful in the state. John’s entire career has been about creating jobs, giving back to the community, serving the public and helping people take care of their homes and businesses.

John entered politics, winning his first election as a Councilman for the Village of Los Ranchos, New Mexico, in 1997. John worked to improve economic development in the Village, bringing his pro-business approach to the council.

He later served in the New Mexico House of Representatives from 2000 to 2002 after defeating the longest-serving Speaker of the House in the United States. While in the legislature, John worked for limited government, supported pro-family legislation, worked to keep taxes low and helped lead the charge to ban the possession of child pornography. In 2002, John Sanchez believed that New Mexicans deserved a choice other than Bill Richardson, so he ran for Governor.

In 2005, John was recognized as one of the Top 40 Most Influential Hispanics in the Country. He has been active with the Associated Builders and Contractors, the National Federation of Independent Business and held a New Mexico real estate license for over 20 years. John’s company was named “Small Business of the Year” by the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce as well as the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce.

In 2010, John was elected Lieutenant Governor and is a strong advocate for job creation, economic development, private sector growth and fairness in the state regulatory process. His strong business background, hands-on management experience and pro-growth approach to New Mexico’s economy drives him to lead New Mexico into a new era of conservative, transparent and responsible leadership.

John and his wife Debra live in Albuquerque and are the proud parents of two grown daughters.



As a hands-on job creator, John Sanchez understands how businesses operate and has experienced the challenges that an over-reaching Federal Government presents every day to small business owners. Sanchez will work every day to get government out of the way of our entrepreneurs and small business owners who are just trying to survive, grow businesses and create jobs.

The Economy

As the Federal Government grows and becomes a larger percentage of the American economy it stifles private sector job growth and forces a greater reliance on government services and programs. The most important step to a thriving American economy involves a smaller, more efficient government that spends less money and allows small businesses do what they do best – create and sustain jobs.

Energy Independence

From national security to jobs and from protecting our borders to protecting our people, our nation must be more reliant upon American energy solutions and New Mexico should be a national leader in the effort. As Senator, John Sanchez will make American energy production a priority and will help open the door to additional jobs in both traditional energy production and renewable energy opportunities; in nuclear, solar, wind and geothermal production.

Protecting our Borders

We must protect our borders so that Americans are afforded the safety and security that they rightfully expect. Let’s put an end once and for all to the open border policies that allow human trafficking and free-flow of drugs that are eroding our communities. Only then can we begin to address needed reform to the naturalization process.

Protecting Human Life

As a Pro-Life conservative, John Sanchez has never wavered in his commitment to protecting the unborn. John will take those same values to Washington, DC to fight for those who cannot fight for themselves.

Defending our Freedom

The men and women who serve in our Armed Forces, represent the best of who we are as a nation. John is grateful to those who serve and to their families who share their sacrifice. He will consistently and pro-actively work to provide them with the best technology, resourses and training necessary to honor their service.

Honoring our Veterans

So many have given so much to protect the greatest nation the world has ever known. Both our government and our society have a responsibility to take care of those who have given so much to protect our citizens, our borders, our allies and our Freedom.

Honoring the Constitution

Our Constitution was meant to be more than just a prized museum piece. Our forefathers created it to be the rulebook of American Government. The Constitution is the filter that all legislation must pass through.


A native New Mexican, John Sanchez has lived the American Dream and knows first-hand that a quality education combined with a strong work ethic and the willingness to chase dreams can carry anyone from poverty to success. In Washington, Sanchez will work to give teachers and parents the right and the tools to make important educational decisions and he will never stop fighting to get a larger share of educational dollars to the classroom.


John Sanchez will vote to repeal and replace Obamacare because, as a small business owner, he understands the burden it places on New Mexico businesses. Sanchez believes that the key to more affordable and accessible healthcare starts with honest liability reform so that good doctors and their patients can make good healthcare decisions.

Keeping our Promise to Seniors

While there is no doubt that government needs to change the way it does business, we must keep the promises we have made to seniors and John Sanchez is committed to making sure any program changes protect or improve current benefits to those over 50 years of age.

Reducing the Deficit

Government must begin living within its means and that means Congress making some difficult, but important decisions. John Sanchez supports a balanced budget amendment and is willing to put doing what is right ahead of doing what is easy. Sanchez will vote to eliminate or consolidate outdated programs and will seek every opportunity to get more out of the money government already has.

Fighting Taxes

A consistent and reliable conservative, John Sanchez has signed the Americans for Tax Reform Pledge and will go to work every day looking for ways to reduce the tax burden on New Mexico families and businesses. Sanchez knows that government has a spending problem, not a revenue problem.