New Mexico native Michelle Garcia Holmes announced her candidacy for Lieutenant Governor. With the experience of 30 years as a commissioned law enforcement officer, chief of staff for Attorney General Gary King, and advocate for children, Garcia Holmes will work hard to make New Mexico a better place to live and raise a family.

Garcia Holmes is uniquely qualified to fight on behalf of New Mexico families and tackle the state’s failing education system, rampant crime, and broken government. She has spent her career protecting children from sexual predators, child abuse and human trafficking. Garcia Holmes has never backed down from the fight to keep our streets safe and our children away from gangs and drugs.

As Chief of Staff for the state’s top law enforcement officer, Michelle Garcia Holmes oversaw projects that provided outreach and education to rural and tribal communities. She worked across cultural backgrounds to educate New Mexicans on the dangers of methamphetamine. She also worked on collaborative efforts to fight government corruption, starting New Mexico’s first Government Accountability Division.

Garcia Holmes knows how to bring people together to achieve positive goals, shown through her work to pass bills like New Mexico’s first anti-human trafficking law and tougher Child Pornography laws.

Garcia Holmes is a true New Mexican whose family goes back generations, her great grandfather was a rancher in northern New Mexico, her grandmother was a teacher in Santa Rosa and her father was a Marine Corps veteran who fought in World War II.


Retired Chief of Staff for the New Mexico Attorney General’s office. Worked on the creation of the first Government Corruption Division, legislation against child predators and human traffickers, as well as overseeing agency grants, budget review, hiring, and training. Additional projects include managing statewide education on internet predators, the dangers of methamphetamine, prescription drug issues in New Mexico, teen dating violence outreach, and education and legal services. Served as the liaison to the Joint Terrorism Task Force and New Mexico’s congressional delegation. Served 20 years and retired at the rank of detective from the Albuquerque Police Department. Served 30 years as a commissioned police officer. Held positions in the Violent Crimes Against Children Unit, Sexual Assault Unit, Property Crimes Unit, Auto Theft Unit, and Chief’s Staff.

  • Born and raised in Albuquerque
  • Bachelor of Science in Occupational Education from Wayland Baptist University
  • Ordained Senior Chaplain, International Federation of Chaplains
  • Blue Star Mother
  • Intimate Partner Death Review Team Chair (former member and chair)
  • Child Fatality Review Team (former member)
  • Joint Terrorism Task Force (former member)

Achievements I am Most Proud of:

  • Married to Earl Holmes and raising five amazing children.
  • Being a part of bringing to justice the “Ether Man Rapist”, Robert Howard Bruce. We made history indicting his DNA. He is now serving a 276-year sentence. Achievements AGO; Oversight and establishment of the Attorney General’s Government Accountability Division.

Legislative initiatives: Child Solicitation by Computers Act passed during the 2007 State Legislature, Human Trafficking law enacted 2008.

Congressional Collaboration: Formulation of a state-wide education and awareness campaign designed to deter the use and manufacturing of Methamphetamine for parents and teens. Expansion of the internet Crimes Against Children Statewide Task Force. Anti-Money Laundering coordinated states effort. Development Prescription Drug Disposal Take Back Program Guide.

Youth initiatives: Teen Dating Violence Grant which provided education to teachers and pregnant teens.