Susana Martinez

Gov. Susana Martinez

New Mexico

January 1, 2011 - January 1, 2019

July 14, 1959


University of Texas at El Paso; University of Oklahoma College of Law

Birth State

Married; one child


Susana Martinez was sworn in as governor of New Mexico on January 1, 2011, and re-elected in 2014.  She is New Mexico’s first female governor and the first elected Hispanic female governor in U.S. history.

Prior to serving as governor, Martinez was a prosecutor for 25 years.  In 1996, she was elected district attorney for the Third Judicial District in Doña Ana County, New Mexico. She was subsequently re-elected three times, holding the position for 14 years, where she personally prosecuted some of the toughest cases, such as physical and sexual child abuse and child homicide. She was twice named New Mexico’s Prosecutor of the Year.

Martinez is married to Chuck Franco. Her stepson, Carlo, is a veteran of U.S. Navy Special Operations. Governor Martinez is the caretaker of her older sister, Lettie, who has cerebral palsy and is developmentally disabled.


A native of Las Cruces, New Mexico, Chuck Franco recently concluded a career in law enforcement that spanned more than 30 years and included service as a game warden, police officer, magistrate judge and Doña Ana County undersheriff. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from New Mexico State University.

Throughout his career, Mr. Franco has focused on helping people in communities throughout New Mexico. Mr. Franco is a committed advocate of mentoring and youth development and has long been involved with A. Fielder Memorial Safe Haven's “Weed and Seed” initiative. This program aims to prevent, control and reduce violent crime, drug abuse and gang activity, assisting at-risk youth in high-crime neighborhoods.

The first gentleman and his wife, Governor Susana Martinez, were married in 1991. His son, Carlo, recently served in the U.S. Navy Special Forces and is currently a firefighter in Las Cruces and a student at New Mexico State University.