I am a native New Mexican, growing up on the Westside of Albuquerque. My family goes back generations in New Mexico.
My father was an APD officer. My grandfather, and many generations before him, were farmers in Northern New Mexico, near the Village of Los Ojos. I come from a long line of hard-working people.
The importance of education was instilled in me at a young age. Following high school, I earned a certificate in Electronics Technology from TVI (now CNM). I enlisted in the US Navy, where I served eight years during the Cold War, as a reactor operator aboard two different nuclear powered submarines. The Navy taught me responsibility and self-reliance.
Returning to Albuquerque, I worked part-time while earning a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from UNM. I then worked thirteen years for BDM, in support of the USAF's high-powered microwave programs. While working full-time, and starting a family, I earned a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from UNM. I later worked for and retired from Sandia National Labs.
I've instilled the importance of education into my own two daughters, as well. My eldest daughter just graduated from Baylor Medical School with a Ph.D. in Molecular and Biomedical Sciences. My youngest is working on her Master's in Social Science.
Today, I turn my attention and energy to serving in the House of Representatives. I will improve the lives of all New Mexicans! Every New Mexican deserves better leadership than we have now!