Uniquely Qualified To Serve

Representative Stephanie Garcia Richard's work, positions, and record as a State Representative display her passion for the environment and its protection. During Stephanie's 3-term tenure representing the Jemez Mountain Range district in the State Stephanie headshotLegislature, she has taken on many challenges, issues and constituency groups that are mirrored at the State Land Office. Some of her proudest accomplishments and accolades in environmental justice and activism are:

  • Endorsed by Conservation Voters & Sierra Club 2010-2016
  • CVNM Champion in 2015
  • Animal Protection Voter Champion for her work done with bears (sponsored 2017-HB 109 to mandate the humane treatment of bears) and to end coyote killing contests (2013-HB 316)
  • Stood up against the La Bajada Mine in Santa Fe County: Attended County Commission meetings to speak and oppose the mine, and worked with community members to lobby county officials in opposition (http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/state-lawmakers-ask-county-to-halt-plans-for-la-bajada/article_d988af3a-f581-5537-9344-671dc9865f33.html)
  • Protested to stop leasing Chaco Canyon for fracking
  • Worked with a number of environmental groups including the Nuclear Issues Study Group to draft, recruit legislative cosigners, and send a legislative request that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission delay the permitting process for interim waste storage facility until all safety concerns have been satisfactorily addressed
  • Fought against fracking in Sandoval County. Worked with local residents to lobby Sandoval County Commission to stop fracking ordinance (http://sandovalcountynm.swagit.com/play/11022017-859 - Agenda Item 5, 29-minute mark)
  • Open Stream Access: Voted against closing access to public streams (2015-SB 226) and successfully sponsored a clean water amendment to the House version of this bill during floor debate (2015-HB 235)
  • Rejected the BLM Land Grab in Taos - publicly stood up to ensure that the beneficiaries of state trust land revenues and the people of New Mexico get the best land deal possible, instead of making due with expedient proposals that would leave the land office with inferior BLM disposal lands in exchange for pristine state land within national monument borders
  • Stood up to publicly demand transparency and remediation of encroaching chromium plume threatening drinking water (http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/full-extent-of-chromium-plume-remains-unknown/article_b176fcaf-f891-599e-aa05-a5aeeb1b67de.html)
  • Worked closely with community members and local and state officials on issues such as evacuations, emergency operations and providing community members timely information related to multiple wildfires in her district, including the Las Conchas fire, Thompson Ridge fire, Coyote fire and others.
  • Worked with community and government stakeholders on long-term fire mitigation strategies, and efforts to address the damage caused by burn scars, flooding and property damage
  • Served as a member of the Nuestro Rio Regional Water Caucus where she worked to restore health and funding to damaged watersheds, acequias and the effects of a long-term drought 
  • Worked with ranchers and the federal government for clean water and the implementation of sustainable land use practices within the ranching industry.
  • Received Land Commission Endorsement from “Frack Free Four Corners”, an activist group dedicated to tackling health and cultural effects of fracking on indigenous people, methane emissions, water contamination and other environmental concerns.
  • As a legislator, Stephanie prioritized using resources and capital outlay to support water projects and fire prevention efforts throughout New Mexico. The vast majority of her capital outlay allocations were directed to these need.

Uniquely New Mexican

Stephanie is a native New Mexican and lifelong educator who has worked both abroad and in Northern New Mexico. Born in Tucumcari and raised in Silver City, Stephanie learned at a young age the importance of serving others. Her father, a WWII veteran was a teacher; her mother was active in their church and community. 

Stephanie grew up in a family that ranches on the eastern plains and the northern mountains of New Mexico, giving Stephanie a strong connection to the lands of our state. After graduating high school she went to Barnard College at Columbia University in  New York and followed in her father’s footsteps in becoming a teacher. Having worked abroad and around the country, she returned home to New Mexico with her husband to raise their family.

Today, she is a curriculum coordinator for Pojoaque schools and has served the people of New Mexico for six years in the Legislature and is currently the Chair of the House Education Committee. As an educator, Stephanie taught at a Bureau of Indian Affairs school, a charter school and within the public school system. She has seen firsthand how public policies and a lack of funding can impact our children and our communities and knows we must transform the State Land Office if we want to make New Mexico better for generations to come.

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