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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 State Senate in 2016.

Liz was raised in a working-class family who impressed upon her the value of hard work, education, and service to others. Her 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.


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 and, better health care; and served as a Santa Fe County Commissioner. 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.


A lover of the outdoors, Liz is an avid hiker and kayaker, who takes advantage of New Mexico's vast natural wonders.

Liz’s Record of Service

  • Santa Fe County Commissioner, 2009–2016

  • NM State Senator District 39, 1993–1996 and 2006-present

  • Chair, Senate Conservation Committee

  • Deputy Secretary, New Mexico Human Services Department

  • Director, State of New Mexico Risk Management 

  • Director, New Mexico Health Policy Commission

  • Faculty, Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Program, UNM

  • Member, National Conference of State Legislatures State and Federal Assembly Health Committee (1993-96)

  • National Government Relations, American Cancer Society, 2001–2003

  • Executive Director, Open Hands, 1989–1993; 1994–2001

  • Board Secretary, Northern New Mexico Workforce Development Board, 1999-2001

  • Member, Task Force for Adults with Developmental Disabilities, 1999-2001

  • Member, Housing Advisory Committee of the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority

  • Executive Director, NM AIDS Services, 1987–1989

  • Chair Emeritus, New Mexico Human Needs Coordinating Council

  • Assistant Professor, UNM and Ohio State University, 1976–1985

  • Professional Mediator The Mediation Academy International

  • PH.D., University of Minnesota

  • M.S., University of Wisconsin, Madison

  • B.S., Eastern Kentucky University

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