Susana Martinez

Susana Martinez
Susana Martinez
  • Born: July 14, 1959
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Politician

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Susana Martinez is an American politician and attorney who served as the 31st governor of New Mexico from 2011 to 2019. A member of the Republican Party, she chaired the Republican Governors Association (RGA) from 2015 to 2016. She was the first female Governor of New Mexico and first Hispanic female state chief executive in the United States. Born in El Paso, Texas, Martinez is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Law. After being admitted to the State Bar of New Mexico, she began her prosecuting career in 1986 as an Assistant District Attorney for the 3rd Judicial District of New Mexico, based in Las Cruces. She was appointed Deputy District Attorney in 1992. She joined the Republican Party and ran for District Attorney in 1996; she served three terms from 1997 to 2011.

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As the first Hispanic female governor in history, little girls often come up to me in the grocery store or the mall. They look and point, and when they get the courage, they ask 'Are you Susana?' and they run up and give me a hug. History
At 18, I guarded the parking lot at the Catholic church bingos. Now my dad made sure I could take care of myself. I carried a Smith and Wesson 357 magnum. Families, Children & Parenting
At 18, I guarded the parking lot at the Catholic Church bingos. Now, my dad made sure I could take care of myself. I carried a Smith and Wesson .357 Magnum - that gun weighed more than I did! Families, Children & Parenting
Despite what some would have us believe, success is not built on resentment and fear. Success
Growing up I never imagined a little girl from a border town could one day become a governor. But this is America. In America algo es possible.
Growing up, I never imagined a girl from a border town could one day become a governor.
I absolutely advocate for comprehensive immigration reform.
I am my own person.
I fear some of our leaders today have lost the courage to stand up. What we have now are politicians. They won't offer real plans, and only stand up when they want to blame someone else.
I hope I've been able to show other young girls that as long as you work hard and you're committed to fight for your education, that anything's possible. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Hope ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I registered Democrat because my parents did. They were, we were. There was no thinking behind it.
I went to law school. And I became a prosecutor. I took on a specialty that very few choose to pursue. I prosecuted child abuse and child homicide cases. Cases that were truly gut-wrenching. But standing up for those kids, being their voice for justice was the honor of a lifetime.
I will veto any tax increase.
In New Mexico, I inherited the largest structural deficit in state history, and our legislature is controlled by Democrats. We don't always agree, but we came together in a bipartisan manner and turned that deficit into a surplus. And we did it without raising taxes. History
I've always known that my father's father and grandfather and grandmother were from Mexico. I've never denied it. I've always said it.
I've known where my heritage is from all along.
Latinos care about education, yes, so we need reform, not just money. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Money, Coins & Minting
My dad was a golden gloves boxer in the Marine Corps, then a deputy sheriff. My mom worked as an office assistant. Families, Children & Parenting
My parents grew that small business from one 18-year-old guarding a bingo to more than 125 employees in three states. And sure, there was help along the way. But my parents took the risk. They stood up. And you better believe they built it. Business, Commerce & Finance
My parents taught me to never give up and to always believe that my future could be whatever I dreamt it to be. Future
My parents were Democrats.
New Mexico is an environment where we are open for business. Business, Commerce & Finance
Republicans want to be tough and say, 'Illegals, you're gone.' But the answer is a lot more complex than that.
Sometimes Republicans engage in number-crunching analysis that doesn't always take the neediest into account.
Success is the American Dream. And that success is not something to be ashamed of, or to demonize. Success
Success, they taught me, is built on the foundation of courage, hard-work and individual responsibility. Despite what some would have us believe, success is not built on resentment and fears. Success
The criminal justice system should have the authority to determine the immigration status of all criminals, regardless of race or ethnicity, and report illegal immigrants who commit crimes to federal authorities.
There is one candidate in this election who will protect that dream. One leader who will fight hard to keep the promise of America for the next generation. And that's why we must stand up and make Mitt Romney the next president of the United States.
Too many Americans are out of work, and our debt is out of control. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
We talked about many issues, like welfare, is it the way of life or hand up? Talked about size of government, how much should it tax families and small businesses? And when we left that lunch, we got in the car and I looked over at Chuck and said, 'I'll be damned. we're Republicans.' Life ;Government
When I first registered to vote I registered as a Democrat.
When I was a young prosecutor, I got called to testify against my boss. I could have backed down, but I didn't. I stood up to him. And he fired me for it.