Susana Martinez ( * July 14, 1959 in El Paso, Texas) is an American politician and lawyer of Mexican descent. In the 2010 elections Martinez was elected as a candidate of the Republican Party as the first woman in the office of the Governor of New Mexico. On 1 January 2011 she released Bill Richardson from in this post.
Governor of New Mexico
Martinez was since 1997, District Attorney ( District Attorney ) of Doña Ana County.
In the primaries, she defeated Doug Turner, owner of a PR firm, Janice Arnold- Jones, Member of the House of Representatives from New Mexico, Pete Domenici Jr., son of former U.S. Senator Pete Domenici, and Allen Weh, former chairman of the Republican state-level. Her candidacy was backed by Sarah Palin; Martinez is close to the Tea Party movement. In the actual election put them and their candidate for the office of Lieutenant Governor John Sanchez, by 53.4 percent of the vote against the democratic Deputy Governor Diane Denish and her running mate Brian Colon, who came to 46.3 percent.
In 2008 she was named the Heart Magazine's " Woman of the Year ". In 2010 she was awarded the " Prosecutor of the Year".
Susana Martinez is a committed fan of the Republican Party. To many social and political issues it relates clear conservative positions, she rejects same-sex marriages strictly, but is that a woman may have an abortion after rape. She is an opponent of health care reform by U.S. President Barack Obama. Martinez is against the medical Marihuanna program. She says however that the cancellation of the law was not a priority.