Michael Sanchez

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Michael Sanchez
Member of the New Mexico Senate
from the 29th district
Assumed office
Personal details
Born (1950-08-03) August 3, 1950 (age 69)
Belen, New Mexico, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Lynn Sanchez
Alma mater University of New Mexico,
Occupation Lawyer
Religion Roman Catholicism
Website www.nmlegis.gov/...

Michael S. Sanchez (born August 3, 1950)[1][2] is a Democratic member of the New Mexico Senate, representing the 29th District (Valencia and Bernalillo Counties) since 1993.

Early life and education

Michael Sanchez was born in Belen, New Mexico to Gil and Priscilla Sanchez. He is the youngest of 4 children, one of which (Raymond Sanchez) also served in the New Mexico Legislature. Sanchez attended Belen High School and moved to Clarinda, Iowa to attend Iowa Western Community College (IWCC) where he played baseball and basketball. Sanchez not only played college baseball, he also played for the Clarinda A's, a summer amateur baseball team. Sanchez finished school at The University of New Mexico. Following graduation, Sanchez attended the University of New Mexico School of Law where he received his JD.


Since passing the bar, Sanchez has been practicing law in the State of New Mexico.

Before serving as a State Senator, Sanchez served as the county chairman of the Democrat Party in Valencia County. Sanchez was first elected to the State Senate in 1992, and made the Legislative Lottery Scholarship Program one of his main priorities. The Lottery Scholarship was enacted in 1996 and Sanchez has fought to keep the integrity of the Lottery Scholarship ever since.

Currently, Sanchez is the Majority Floor Leader of the New Mexico State Senate.

As Majority Leader, Mr Sanchez has twice blocked votes on legislation passed by the New Mexico House to stop issuing unrestricted drivers licenses to illegal aliens. The result is that Homeland Security has notified New Mexico their Drivers License will no longer be exempted from the Real ID Act in January 2016 and won't be accepted to enter federal buildings requiring ID or to board a commercial airliner even for domestic travel.[citation needed]

Personal life

Sanchez married Lynn (Trembly) Sanchez, his high school sweetheart, in 1969. In 1979, Sanchez and Lynn Sanchez welcomed their first son into the world. 18 months later, their second son was born. Their only daughter was born in 1988.


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  2. "Legislators". New Mexico Legislature. 2003.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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