Susana Martinez

Born:July 14, 1959 (age 59)
Career:Governor of New Mexico, 2011-present
New Mexico district attorney, 1996-2010
State:New Mexico
Education:University of Texas at El Paso
University of Oklahoma-College of Law

In January 2011, Susana Martinez was inaugurated as New Mexico's first female governor. She is also the first Latina governor elected in the United States, and the first female Hispanic chair of the Republican Governors Association.

Martinez was born July 14, 1959, in Rio Grande Valley, Texas. After completing her bachelor's degree at the University of Texas at El Paso, Martinez earned her law degree from the University of Oklahoma-College of Law.

Formerly, Martinez served as the district attorney for the 3rd Judicial District in Doña Ana County in southern New Mexico. She was re-elected three times, serving 14 years as district attorney from 1996 to 2010. While in office, Martinez fought to pass Katie's Law, which requires DNA samples for violent felonies, a law she signed as governor in April 2011.

As governor, Martinez is dedicated to children's advocacy and has worked to reduce the tax burden in New Mexico.

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