Susana Martinez

Rep. Steve Pearce to Run for New Mexico Governor
First Republican to join race, opens up congressional seat

Rep. Steve Pearce is the first Republican to announce his candidacy for governor of New Mexico. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Steve Pearce on Monday became the first Republican to join the race for governor of New Mexico, opening up the state’s 2nd District seat, which Democrats were already planning to target in 2018.

Pearce is the second New Mexico congressional representative to announce plans seek the state’s highest job. Democratic Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham launched her campaign in December and has already outraised her potential competitors.

Trump Feud Dims Susana Martinez's Veep Prospects
But billionaire mogul would still like her endorsement

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez was the first Latina elected governor in the United States. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The most prominent Latina in U.S. politics recently found herself joining a long list of public figures caught in the crosshairs of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez made history in 2010 as the state’s first female governor, and the first Latina to ever hold that position in the U.S.

Turns Out Trump Has Always Liked Susana Martinez
In a turnabout, he now seeks New Mexico governor's endorsement

Donald Trump has a new message for Susana Martinez, the Republican New Mexico governor he slammed in front of a home state crowd last month for not doing her job: Actually, he thinks she's pretty great.  

Trump would now like Martinez's endorsement, he said Thursday in a phone interview with a New Mexico newspaper reporter, signaling a truce in a public spat with the country's only Latina governor and chairwoman of the Republican Governors Association that had raised questions about Trump's desire to unify the party.  

The One Thing Trump Got Right in New Mexico
GOP presidential presumptive nominee says Susana Martinez is not doing her job

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez speaking at the 2012 Republican National Convention. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call file photo)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – These days, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is a study in contrasts.  

The nation’s first Hispanic woman governor, she’s also the first Hispanic chair of the Republican Governors Association.  

Trump Slams Susana Martinez on Home Turf
So much for party unity

Donald Trump smacked New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez on her home turf in the wake of her not attending his rally and being critical of some of his statements.  

Martinez, who is chairwoman of the Republican Governors Association, told local reporters that she was too busy to attend Trump's rally and instead would focus on job creation and education.