About Angelica

New Mexico's State Representative for District 35,

Angelica Rubio was born and raised in rural New Mexico and is the youngest daughter of Mexican immigrants who settled there over fifty years ago. Coming from a large (and loud) family, Angelica grew up with a deep working knowledge of the power found in numbers, as well as a flair for making her case. Leaving behind her family and small community, she went on to college at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces and later received her Master’s at California State University, Los Angeles, where her passion for racial and social justice flourished.

Having spent time in Washington, DC, and bearing witness to how disconnected life was at our nation’s capital, and to the realities of everyday New Mexicans–especially those living along the US/Mexico border, Angelica was compelled to make a life-changing decision to return to the second largest city in the state, Las Cruces. This return propelled a life of organizing across southern New Mexico, leading coalition efforts on local and state-wide initiatives around worker-centered policies, recruiting progressive women to run for office, and managing political campaigns–including her very own.

In 2016, Angelica won a seat in the New Mexico State Legislature, where she now serves as a state representative–focusing on policies that center on disproportionately impacted communities that are deeply affected by extractive industries, and working towards a vision of building a restorative economy for all New Mexican’s. Angelica is also a champion for equitable outdoor recreation access, expanding outdoor opportunities for younger New Mexicans, as well as a mobility justice champion–ensuring and acknowledging how our identities relate to power and systemic inequity, and its effects on how people move through and experience public spaces. Lastly, as the only state in the country that does not pay its legislators, modernizing the New Mexico State Legislature, and expanding access for women to serve, is a top priority for Angelica. When she’s not doing all of that, Angelica can be found at home experimenting with new cuisines and hanging with her dog, Yoko, and her many plants. Angelica is also an avid bike commuter and cyclist, and you can find her outside riding her bike(s) all around the city of Las Cruces, and throughout the entire Chihuahuan Desert.  

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June 4, 2024 - Primary Election Day 2024

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This page is updated frequently with news and events by Rep. Angelica Rubio, who serves as a New Mexico State Legislator in the New Mexico State House. The NM state legislature deals with issues that directly impact New Mexican's every single day.

Thank you so much, Jessica! This means so much. 🥰 Eight years ago, her father and I ran for the same open seat in the Democratic primary. It’s not just an honor to get her support for my re-election, but it’s been so badass getting to work with her on so many important legislative efforts. We’ve come so far, and so much left to do! See MoreSee Less
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Via Las Cruces Sun-NewsPeter Goodman: Who backs a candidate mattersMay 19, 2024District 35 State Rep. Angelica Rubio is a hard-working, dedicated, highly progressive state legislator. I’m in her district.Rubio grew up in poverty. Her parents spoke only Spanish. She first ran for public office in 2016, winning the District 35 seat as a relative unknown. She had helped lead CAFé’s successful push to increase the minimum wage in Las Cruces. She has repeatedly won re-election and gained such respect that Republicans didn’t even nominate anyone against her this year.Gabriel Duran, seems a nice young man. Last year, he ran for the City Council against Johana Bencomo. On radio, he sounded less knowledgeable and appealing than Bencomo, but far stronger than the third candidate. Mutual friends who supported him suggested we have coffee. We did. We share a fondness for the San Francisco 49ers. He seemed an affable and positive young man, maybe a little too concerned about touching all the political bases. I suggested he get involved in city affairs in some other capacity before perhaps running again. I suspected, though, that there was money behind him. Now he’s challenging Angelica in the Democratic primary. He became a Democrat about six months ago, presumably to qualify for our primary. Is he a Democrat at heart? Or hoping we’ll vote for someone who doesn’t share our values?Rubio exudes integrity. She’s experienced and effective. And tough. As a friend remarked recently, she’s an independent thinker, one of the few state legislators who thinks outside the box. She works things out and then acts, sometimes courageously. We District 35 voters, have appreciated that.I like Gabe, but see nothing in him so remarkable that it’d warrant unseating a proven lawmaker.Although Duran claims to be a Democrat whose in workers’ corner, the bulk of the $27,261 funding his campaign is from business owners, business associations, wealthy conservatives, and even Republicans.Wealthy businesswoman Marci Dickerson and five of her entities combine for $11,000. Dickerson’s S&W Investments contributed to two candidates: $10,700 to Republican District 36 candidate Kimberly Skaggs and $2,500 to Duran. Another of Duran’s biggest contributors was “50 State DMV” – a business owned by Skaggs. Duran also got $2,500 each from former PRC Commissioner Sandy Jones, former PicQuik owner Oscar Andrade, who gave an eloquent speech to city council opposing the minimum wage. Dickerson, Skaggs, and Andrade provided 60% of Duran’s campaign budget so far.Who backs a candidate matters. It matters even more when he or she is relatively unknown, with no public accomplishments and no public record to admire or criticize. Gabe promises vaguely to ensure everyone is covered by health care, but Angelica has worked for that. Gabe promises to “support workers’ rights” but his backers include strong opponents to Las Cruces raising its minimum wage, while hers include carpenters’ and plumbers’ unions. He claims to be for better health care, but got $1,000 from Lifepoint, owned by one of the more voracious private equity firms savaging our healthcare. I doubt Lifepoint supports rigorous government oversight of hospitals. Duran’s contributor list isn’t full of people who fight for the average citizen, for workers, for equality, or against draconian laws on women’s health.Rubio’s top contributors are conservation groups, educational groups, and labor unions, the NM Trial Lawyers Association, “Every town for Gun Safety,” and a lot of citizens, including former federal prosecutor Peter Ossorio.So – a strong, reliable progressive voice or an unknown supported by conservative business owners?www.lcsun-news.com/story/opinion/2024/05/19/goodman-it-matters-who-is-backing-financing-a-candida… See MoreSee Less
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