Laura Montoya (politician)

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Laura Montoya
31st Treasurer of New Mexico
Assumed office
January 1, 2023
GovernorMichelle Lujan Grisham
Preceded byTim Eichenberg
Personal details
BornLas Vegas, New Mexico, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationNew Mexico Highlands University (BA, MPA)

Laura M. Montoya is an American politician from New Mexico. A member of the Democratic Party, she is the New Mexico State Treasurer.

Early life and career[edit]

Montoya was born in Las Vegas, New Mexico. She lived in both San Miguel and Mora counties while growing up.[1]

Montoya earned a bachelor's degree in political science and psychology from New Mexico Highlands University.[2] She began working in government for state Senator Pete Campos and then worked for U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman as a constituent services representative. Meanwhile, she earned a Master of Public Affairs from New Mexico Highlands University.[1]

Political career[edit]

In 2012, Montoya was elected as the treasurer for Sandoval County, New Mexico. She was reelected in 2016.[3] In July 2019, Montoya entered the 2020 elections for the United States House of Representatives for New Mexico's 3rd congressional district.[4] She lost the Democratic Party nomination to Teresa Leger Fernandez.[5]

In August 2021, with New Mexico State Treasurer Tim Eichenberg prevented from running for a third term due to term limits, Montoya announced her candidacy to succeed him in the 2022 election.[6] She faced Heather Benavidez, Eichenberg's chief of staff, in the Democratic primary election.[1][7] Montoya won the nomination and faced Harry Montoya, a county commissioner from Santa Fe County and the Republican Party nominee, in the general election.[8][9] She won the election with 53 percent of the vote.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Montoya lives in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.[2] In March 2014, she was charged with aggravated battery after allegedly punching and biting her ex-boyfriend that February. She claimed that she acted in self-defense.[11] The case was dismissed in June when her ex-boyfriend did not attend court.[12]


  1. ^ a b c Cook, Mike. "Laura Montoya campaigns for state treasurer during Doña Ana County visit". Las Cruces Bulletin. Retrieved November 13, 2022.
  2. ^ a b Nott, Robert. "Sandoval County treasurer running for top treasurer seat". Santa Fe New Mexican.
  3. ^ "Laura M. Montoya Running For New Mexico State Treasurer". August 3, 2021. Retrieved November 13, 2022.
  4. ^ "Sandoval Treasurer Laura Montoya enters 3rd CD race - Albuquerque Journal". July 2, 2019. Retrieved November 13, 2022.
  5. ^ Updated June 24, 2020, 5:47 PM ET (June 2, 2020). "Live: New Mexico State Primary Election Results 2020 - The New York Times". The New York Times. Retrieved November 13, 2022.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link) CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  6. ^ "Ex-Sandoval County Treasurer Montoya enters race for NM treasurer - Albuquerque Journal". Retrieved November 13, 2022.
  7. ^ Simonich, Milan. "State treasurer rips fellow Democrat in angry ad". Santa Fe New Mexican.
  8. ^ "Experienced candidates compete in the race to be state treasurer - Albuquerque Journal". Retrieved November 13, 2022.
  9. ^ Gilmore, Nicholas. "State treasurer candidates share name but little else". Santa Fe New Mexican.
  10. ^ "Results for statewide N.M. elections". November 9, 2022.
  11. ^ "Treasurer faces battery charges - Albuquerque Journal". March 16, 2014. Retrieved November 13, 2022.
  12. ^ "Battery charges against Sandoval Treasurer dismissed - Albuquerque Journal". June 9, 2014. Retrieved November 13, 2022.

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Preceded by Treasurer of New Mexico