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State Chairman

Ryan Cangiolosi

Ryan Cangiolosi was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM. He has a 21-year-old daughter, Kaylee, who is currently studying Marketing and Communications.  Ryan is a graduate of the University of New Mexico where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Masters in Business Administration.  Ryan previously worked for Harvey E. Yates Jr. as Vice President of Business operations at Jalapeno Corporation, an energy production company and as Executive Director of the Republican Party of NM before becoming Governor Susana Martinez’s Campaign Manager and then Deputy Chief of Staff.  He works at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center as the Director of Economic & Community Development.  He is also a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserves and chairman of the Republican Party of New Mexico.


National Committeewoman

Rosie Tripp


  • National Committeewoman, Republican Party of New Mexico, 1996 – Present  
  • County Commissioner, Socorro County, 2002 – Present
  • Board Member, Socorro Storehouse Food Pantry
  • NFRW Regent
  • Member, Beta Sigma Phi International Sorority, 1970 – Present
  • Member, Socorro County Chamber of Commerce, 1970 – Present
  • Member, New Mexico Federation Republican Women, Socorro Unit, 1985 – Present
  • Secretary, Tripps Inc.
  • Board Member, Socorro Good Samaritan Village


  • Johnson Victory Club, 1995
  • Governor’s Business Advisory Council, 1995-1997
  • Advisory Rules Committee, Republican Party of New Mexico
  • City Councilwoman, Socorro, 1996-2004
  • Member, New Mexico Governor’s Mansion Foundation, Non-Partisan
  • Board Member, Big Brother / Big Sister, Socorro
  • Board Member, American Cancer Society, Socorro
  • Unit Owner, The Emporium Gift Shop, 1983-1989
  • Governor’s Business Advisory Council, 1986-1990
  • Socorro County Republican Chairwoman, 1987-1990
  • Alternate Delegate, NFRW Convention, 1990-1992
  • Host Committee, NFRW Convention, 1994
  • Secretary, New Mexico Federation of Republican Women, 1993-1995
  • Board Member, Boys & Girls Club of Socorro
  • County Coordinator, three Gubernatorial Candidates
  • Chairman, Beta Sigma Phi State Conventions
  • Chairwoman, Socorro’s Jr. Miss Program


  • RNC Redistricting Committee, 2010
  • Assistant Secretary, Republican National Convention, 2008
  • RNC Site Selection Committee, 2004
  • RNC Committee on Contests, 2000
  • Delegate, Republican National Convention, 1988, 1992

National Committeeman

Harvey Yates

Harvey E. Yates Jr., a native New Mexican, attended public high school in a small town in southeast New Mexico. His father had five sons, and as each reached the age of fourteen that son was put to work on an oil-field drilling rig during weekends and school breaks.  Harvey was no exception.  Thus, early, he began working in and learning about the oil industry. His early experience also included working as a cowboy, which he enjoyed a good deal more than working on a rig. He graduated from high school in 1960.


He attended the University of Texas in Austin. He initially concentrated on petroleum geology, but after taking numerous geology courses, he switched to a pre-law program.  Following college, he worked both in the oil and gas industry and in ranching.  However, in 1970 he entered Cornell Law School in Ithaca, New York from which he obtained a JD degree in 1973.  He is a member of the bar in the State of New Mexico, though he now is on retired status. As a young man he served six years in the US Army Reserves and National Guard.  He has lived in Albuquerque since returning to New Mexico from law school.


Yates is the president of Jalapeno Corporation, an oil and gas producer which participates in drilling ventures, primarily in Texas and New Mexico.  While doing that he also has been involved in numerous non-profit activities in New Mexico. For instance, he has served on the board of two private schools in the state.


In 2009 Yates was elected chairman of the State’s Republican Party. He served in that position for approximately two years.  In 2009 the state had only three statewide, Republican office-holders -- two Court of Appeals judges and the State Land Commissioner.  In the state’s House of Representatives Republicans were down by eleven seats.  The election of 2010 changed this circumstance. The party emerged from that election with a Republican Governor and Lieutenant Governor, a Republican Secretary of State and seven additional Republicans in our House of Representatives.  


Following the 2010 election Yates withdrew from active party politics, and in 2011 he wrote a short book titled Governor Richardson and Crony Capitalism.  He additionally continued to write opinion pieces which appeared in several New Mexico newspapers. In the spring of 2016 Yates was elected as New Mexico’s Republican National Committeeman.


He is married to Janice Bader Yates who recently retired after teaching public school children for thirty-seven years.  Together Jan and Harvey reared four children, all of whom today have successful professional careers.  In exchange for the great effort put into rearing them, the children have produced six grandchildren for Jan and Harvey.


Susana Martinez

Susana Martinez was sworn in a governor of New Mexico on January 1, 2011, and is the state’s first female governor. Prior to becoming governor, Martinez was the district attorney for the third judicial district in Doña Ana County, New Mexico, for 13 years. Martinez was first elected district attorney in 1996 and was reelected three times. In 2008, Heart Magazine named her "Woman of the Year" for her dedication to children’s advocacy and her efforts to keep children safe. Martinez’s family includes her husband, Chuck, and stepson, Carlo.

Lieutenant Governor

John Sanchez

John Sanchez has served as Lieutenant Governor since January 2011, and was reelected on November 4, 2014, by the citizens of the State of New Mexico. He was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and can trace his public service roots to his great, great grandfather, who was a territorial legislator from San Miguel County in 1860.

Prior to being elected Lieutenant Governor, Sanchez was elected to the office of Councilman for the Village of Los Ranchos and also served in the New Mexico House of Representatives. In 2005, he was recognized as one of the Top 40 Most Influential Hispanics in the Country.

Together with his wife, Debra, Sanchez built one of New Mexico’s most respected and successful small businesses in Albuquerque. The firm has operated continuously for over 30 years and was twice honored as Small Business of the Year.

As Lieutenant Governor, Sanchez presides over the New Mexico State Senate, serves as the State’s Ombudsman, and sits on several boards and commissions. He is also an active member of the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA) and currently serves as the association’s West Regional Chairman.

Lieutenant Governor Sanchez is a strong advocate for job creation, economic development, and private sector growth in New Mexico, and recently accepted an appointment to the Innovate ABQ Board of Directors.


Steve Pearce

Steve Pearce was born in 1947 to a large working-class family.  He was raised in Hobbs, New Mexico, where his father worked as a roustabout, selling vegetables on the side of the road to make ends meet.  With six children to feed, times were often hard in the Pearce household, but his upbringing has made it easy for Steve to relate to the hardworking people of southern New Mexico.

Steve attended New Mexico public schools his entire life, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics from New Mexico State University and an MBA  from Eastern New Mexico University.  During the Vietnam War, Steve served as a combat pilot, flying over 518 hours of combat flight and 77 hours of combat support.  He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and two Air Medals, as well as seven other military medals and four exceptional service awards.  Steve continued service at Blytheville Air Force Base in Arkansas, and attained the rank of Captain.

In addition to his firsthand knowledge of the military and its importance to America, Steve is a respected small-businessman who thoroughly understands the economic issues facing our country.  He and his wife Cynthia long owned and operated Lea Fishing Tools, an oilfield services company in Hobbs.  Because of this role, Steve is well aware of the regulations and taxes that plague small-business owners, and wants to help get government out of the way of these hard-working Americans.  Having built his business from the ground up, Steve created 50 jobs in his community.  He is confident that small businesses throughout southern New Mexico form the backbone for job creation and economic growth.

In 1996, Steve was elected to the New Mexico House of Representatives, where he served until 2000.  During this time, he was elected as Caucus Chair and served on the Appropriations Committee.  He was widely recognized for his work in economic development, in which he applied the commonsense principles he had gained as a small-business owner.

In 2002, Steve was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served until 2009.  With the retirement of Senator Pete Domenici, many New Mexicans were concerned about the loss of a strong conservative voice representing New Mexico in the Senate.  Steve again answered the call to serve by leaving the House and running for U.S. Senate.  His bid was ultimately unsuccessful, but in 2009, amidst an economic crisis, the passage of the President’s healthcare bill, and expansion of government regulation, Steve decided to again run for Congress.  As he explained to friends and family, he made the tough decision because he was afraid for his country, and wanted to keep fighting for New Mexico.

Today, Steve continues a lifetime of service as New Mexico’s only conservative voice in Washington.  Steve was appointed by his peers to serve on the House Committee on Financial Services and the House Committee on Natural Resources.  He continues to serve as chairman emeritus of the Congressional Western Caucus.  Steve is working tirelessly to ensure the voices of New Mexicans are heard, helping to create jobs in southern New Mexico, and fighting for the liberty of all Americans.

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