Susana Martinez (born July 14, 1959) is the 31st and current Governor of New Mexico. Martinez, a Republican since 1995, is the first female governor of New Mexico and the first female Hispanic governor in the United States. Martinez was the Assistant District Attorney for the 3rd Judicial District, serving Dona Ana County, New Mexico from 1986 to 1992. She served 14 years as District Attorney, from 1997 to 2011. She is considered a potential pick for Vice President on the Republican presidential ticket in 2012, but has stated numerous times she would not run. Susana was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. She moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico, in the mid 1980s. Martinez comes from a middle class background. Her father was an amateur boxer who won three straight Golden Gloves titles in the 1950s. He was a deputy sheriff for El Paso County, Texas. On September 9, 2011, Martinez stated that she did not know whether her paternal grandparents immigrated to the country illegally.
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