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Duran sworn in as first GOP Sec. of State in 80 years
In addition to Gov. Susana Martinez, two other new statewide officials were sworn in on Saturday. Ray Powell officially became State Land Commissioner for a second time, and Dianna Duran became the state’s first Republican Secretary of State since 1930.
Powell served as state land commissioner from 1993 to 2002. Powell took over for Pat Lyons, a Republican who was elected to the Public Regulation Commission in November after being term-limited as Commissioner of Public Lands. Powell promised to make the State Land Office “as transparent as possible.”
Duran replaced controversial and scandal-plagued Democrat Mary Herrera, easily beating the incumbent in the general election. Duran says that one of her main priorities will be lobbying the legislature on controversial voter-ID requirements.
The other statewide positions were won by the incumbents. Hector Balderas retained his position as State Auditor, James Lewis retained his position as State Treasurer and Gary King retained his position as State Attorney General. All three are Democrats.
All were sworn in for their second term on Saturday.