Assumed Office: 2015
On November 4, 2014, Hector Balderas was elected New Mexico’s 31st Attorney General. As the state’s chief law enforcement officer, he has fought to protect New Mexico’s families by focusing on public safety and economic security.
Early Life and Education
Balderas was born on August 16, 1973, in the small village of Wagon Mound, NM. He was raised by a single mother who worked hard to provide for him and his two siblings. Balderas graduated from New Mexico Highlands University and the University of New Mexico Law School, becoming the first person from Wagon Mound to attend law school and become an attorney.
After law school, Balderas followed his passion for public service by becoming an Assistant District Attorney for Bernalillo County. He then served New Mexico’s 4th Judicial District as a special prosecutor for domestic abuse cases from 2003 to 2006. While in that role, he made his first run for public office in 2004, and won the seat representing District 68 in the New Mexico House of Representatives. As a state representative, he passed sweeping bipartisan legislation to strengthen penalties for sexual predators, invest in rural public schools, reform New Mexico’s criminal justice system, establish clean energy incentives, and safeguard consumers against predatory price gouging.
In 2006, Balderas was elected New Mexico’s State Auditor, becoming the youngest Hispanic statewide elected official in the country. During his tenure, Balderas’s investigations and audits exposed troubling public land deals given to private contractors by a former state land commissioner, unauthorized use of state and federal vehicles by the Public Regulation Commission, rampant financial mismanagement of taxpayer funds at regional housing authorities, and the largest public school embezzlement scheme in state history. He was reelected as State Auditor in 2010.
In 2010, the Harvard Institute of Politics and the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation awarded Balderas with the New Frontier Award, which is given to Americans whose contributions in elective office demonstrate the impact and value of public service in the spirit of the former president.
Since assuming office as Attorney General in January 2015, Balderas has made protecting New Mexico’s families from consumer fraud a top priority. He has restructured his office to implement a “family-centric” model of engagement to better work with families and confront fraudulent and bad actors.
Hector Balderas and his wife, Denise, live in Albuquerque with their three children Hector, Mariola, and Arianna. When he’s not working, Hector spends his time advocating on behalf of special needs communities and working with at-risk youth to promote financial literacy.