Governor: Susana Martinez
Governor state: New Mexico

United States Governor Project, By: Lucia Lira

Biography of Susana Martinez

Susana Martinez was born on July 14, 1959 in El Paso, Texas. She was raised in a middle-class family, her father was amateur boxer who won three Golde n Gloves titled in 1950, also served as a deputy sheriff for El Paso county, Texas. Susana graduate from Riverside High School in El Paso in 1977, and also Martinez was among the top student in her class. She went on to earn her bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at El Paso in 1981, and her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1986. In mid-1980, Susana Martinez move to Las Cruces, New Mexico, and served as an assistant district attorney for the 3rd Judicial District in Doña Ana County, New Mexico, from 1986 to 1992—the year she was fired as a result of a potential conflict of interest. She was in a relationship with Chuck Franco, a Doña Ana County undersheriff who would later become her husband. Then-District Attorney Greg Valdez claimed that Martinez brought into the office a case that Franco was working on and fired her. In 1997, when Martinez became the district attorney and Franco was a magistrate judge, the two said that there would be no conflict of interest, as Franco would rescue himself from all cases involving the D.A.'s office. She has been re-elected to the position three times since 1997. Also she became New Mexico’s first female governor and the first Hispanic female elected governor in the history of the United States.

What a Governor does?

A governor has many jobs. One their jobs is the bill, the governor has two options: sign the bill into law, or keep the bill from becoming a law by exercising the power to veto. A governor's responsibilities vary from state to state depending on the constitution within that state, serving as commander-in-chief of the state's national guard and militia forces, convening special sessions of the state legislature, delivering a "state of the state" address to citizens, granting commutations and pardons to prisoners and appointing people to various judicial and state offices. A governor is also the ceremonial head of state and often hosts dignitaries from other states or countries. He or she uses their position to bolster the state's standing in the world, to attract new businesses and industries and to form partnerships with other governments. A governor also attends public events and ceremonies and visits with constituents across the state. The governor creates or makes new jobs. Governor have a role almost the same as the president but a little bit different, Ex. the governor is Chief Legislator, Chief Administrator (Executive), Chief of State, Commander-in-Chief, and Party Chief.

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