Spotlight: New Mexico AG Hector Balderas

Areas of focus since taking office have included:

  1. Expanding the New Mexico Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in a successful effort to combat the most dangerous offenders and violent sexual predators.
  2. Transforming the New Mexico Human Trafficking Task Force to include a multi-disciplinary task force that focuses on a victim-centered approach to identify victims, to address the individualized needs of victims through quality services, and to investigate and prosecute human trafficking cases at the local, state, tribal, and federal levels.
  3. Restructuring his office to implement a “family-centric” model of engagement to better work with families and confront fraudulent and bad actors.

Professional background: Before assuming office as AG in 2015, AG Balderas served as New Mexico State Auditor from 2007, where he undertook special audits and investigations to locate and eliminate mismanagement of taxpayer funds in government agencies and schools. Before his position as auditor, he served one term in the NM House of Representatives. AG Balderas also has served as an Assistant District Attorney for Bernalillo County and as a special prosecutor for the 4th Judicial District of New Mexico.

Education: AG Balderas graduated from New Mexico Highlands University with a B.A. He earned his J.D. from the University of New Mexico School of Law.

Personal: AG Balderas lives in Albuquerque with his wife, Denise, and their three children, Hector III, Arianna, and Mariola. When he’s not working, AG Balderas spends his time advocating on behalf of the special needs communities and working with at-risk youth to promote financial literacy.