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Patty Lundstrom was elected to the New Mexico House of Representatives 2000 in District 5 and redistricted into the current District 9 in 2003. Raised in a working-class family, with her father employed as a uranium miner and her mother worked administration for a local doctor, Patty’s upbringing instilled in her a strong work ethic and a commitment to serving her community.

After graduating from Grants High School, Patty pursued higher education at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, earning two undergraduate degrees before obtaining a master's degree in public administration.

Patty’s career spans over two decades of service to the people of New Mexico. For 25 years, she served as the Executive Director of the Northwest New Mexico Council of Governments, focusing on economic development, community development and regional planning. During her tenure, she spearheaded the Navajo Gallup Water Supply project, a billion-dollar endeavor aimed at providing essential water resources to local Navajo Chapters and Gallup.

In her current role, Patty continues to make significant contributions to economic development, notably through her efforts in establishing the Greater Gallup Industrial Workforce Program. Her dedication to improving economic opportunities for her constituents underscores her commitment to their prosperity.

Patty served on the House Appropriations and Finance Committee for 20 years, and served as chair for six years—the first woman to hold this prestigious position. Patty has demonstrated her commitment to fiscal responsibility, as she always balanced the state budget as chair. Although no longer a current member of the budget committee, her expertise is recognized nationally, as she continues to be invited to serve on the National Conference of State Legislatures budget and finance groups.

Currently, Patty serves on the Commerce and Transportation committees, where she advocates for policies that promote economic growth and infrastructure development throughout the state. Her primary focus remains on enhancing education, bolstering healthcare services, and improving infrastructure statewide.

Patty has spearheaded significant reforms in transportation funding distribution, resulting in the creation of the Local Government Road Fund. This legislative achievement enables municipalities, counties, and tribal entities to access essential funds for vital infrastructure projects. Through her advocacy, Patty has facilitated the allocation of millions of dollars to communities within her district. These funds have been instrumental in financing critical initiatives such as road improvements, community centers, senior centers (including those in Gallup and Twin Lakes), utility extensions, bathroom renovations, and park enhancements.

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Patty has been dedicated to enhancing our infrastructure within District 9, focusing particularly on road improvements around our Native communities. She's actively pursuing crucial funding for utility extensions in and around Gallup, which will stimulate new job growth and strengthen the local economy. Patty's advocacy has resulted in the passage of legislation creating the local government road fund, which has reshaped the distribution of transportation funds. Additionally, she has championed public-private partnerships for infrastructure development, ensuring that our communities have access to innovative solutions for their most urgent needs.

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Patty's dedication to supporting our veterans runs deep, rooted in her own family's military history. In the Legislature, Patty has tirelessly championed funding for veterans' initiatives, advocating for the creation of  facilities and memorials to honor their service and sacrifice. She understands that honoring our veterans requires more than just words; it demands actions that guarantee they receive the support and resources they deserve. 

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Patty has a passion for advancing education by strengthening both our educational infrastructure and outcomes. She strongly believes in equipping our teachers with the support and resources they need to excel, while also modernizing our educational facilities to foster supportive learning environments. Patty will continue to fight to ensure that every student receives a high-quality education and has the opportunity to thrive.

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New Mexico sits at the bottom of national child well-being rankings. Patty knows it’s crucial that we address the systemic issues within our Children, Youth, and Families Department once and for all to protect the safety and welfare of our children. By enacting impactful reforms and directing resources to essential services, we can repair the flaws in the department and provide the vital support needed for our children to thrive.

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Patty is dedicated to bolstering our healthcare services, especially in our Native communities. That's why she's actively collaborating to provide support for RMCH Hospital and working with members of Congress to replace our aging IHS facility, which is over 50 years old. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us the vulnerability of our community in McKinley County. Gallup, being the only town subjected to shutdown and isolation due to the spread of COVID, highlighted this stark reality. 


Key Legislation

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HB 6 (2021) removed the state's claim to federal impact aid educational funding, ensuring school districts like Gallup McKinley with a high Native population can retain all allocated money from Congress. Now, the school district receives all federal funding for operations and construction without penalty.

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HB 87 (2014) established Gallup as a national veterans cemetery location, honoring its designation by Rand McNally as the most patriotic small town in the US.

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HB 92 (2007) regulated payday lending, eliminating the most predatory lenders and putting an end to 14-day payroll loans.

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HB 66 (2005), the Detox Reform Act, provided emergency civil commitment of individuals impaired by drugs or alcohol, allowing them to be held for up to 72 hours. Previously, many individuals succumbed to the winter elements due to alcoholism.

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HB 1043 (2005) regulated horse rescue and retirement facilities, addressing the issue of animal hoarding and ensuring proper care for rescued horses.

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HB 13 (2016) established the state match for the Navajo Gallup Water Supply Project. This billion-dollar water pipeline project, to be built between the San Juan River and Gallup, is matched by funds from Gross Receipts and Indian Water Rights funds, as required by the federal government.

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