Senator Liz Stefanics (D-District 39) is serving her second term in New Mexico’s state Senate. She originally held the position from 1993-96. Voters returned her to the Senate in 2016.
Liz moved to New Mexico over 30 years ago to teach at UNM. Since making the Land of Enchantment her home, in addition to being an educator, Liz has run a non-profit organization to improve the lives of the elderly and disabled, championed opportunities for children and families, better health care and served as a Santa Fe County Commissioner.
Liz was raised in a working-class family who impressed upon her the value of hard work, education and service to others.
Liz’s father is a WWII veteran and was a blue-collar airplane mechanic; her mother worked in the home raising the kids. Her parents saved and sent her and her brothers to Catholic schools because they believed a strong education would guarantee opportunity.
A lover of the outdoors, Liz is an avid hiker and kayaker, who takes advantage of New Mexico's vast natural wonders.
Liz has her PH.D. from the University of Minnesota, her MS from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and her BS from Eastern Kentucky University.
Liz’s Record of Service
■ Santa Fe County Commissioner, 2009–2016
■ NM State Senator District 39, 1993–1996
■ NM Human Services Department, 2003–2005
■ State of NM Risk Management, 2006–2007
■ NM Health Policy Commission, 2007–2009
■ Robert Wood Johnson Fellow, Center for Health Policy UNM, 2009–current
■ National Government Relations, American Cancer Society, 2001–2003
■ Executive Director, Open Hands, 1989–1993; 1994–2001
■ Executive Director, NM AIDS Services, 1987–1989
■ Assistant Professor, UNM and Ohio State University, 1976–1985
■ Professional Mediation, The Mediation Academy International