Featuring New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez the 12th annual OCGOP Flag Day Celebration will take place tonight at 7:00 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Irvine. Martinez was elected in November 2, 2010 pledging to cut wasteful spending, lower taxes to create more jobs, end “pay-to-play” practices and other corruption in government and fight to reform education. Governor Susana Martinez has cut spending in her state by 3%, or $156 million, and created a bill that will save New Mexico $111 million through changes in public employee pensions. Many pundits feel Governor Martinez is on the short list, for whoever the Republican Presidential nominee is, to be the Republican Vice-Presidential running mate.
Before her election as Governor, Martinez was the District Attorney for the 3rd Judicial District in Doña Ana County, New Mexico, a position she held for 13 years. In addition to managing the second largest DA’s office in the state, Governor Martinez personally tried some of the toughest cases, including child abuse and child homicide. In fact, Katie’s Law is named after Katie Sepich, a 22-year old college student whose killer Susana Martinez prosecuted and convicted. The law now requires law enforcement to take DNA for most violent felony arrests and include the samples in a database to help bring criminals to justice.
In 2008, Heart Magazine named Governor Martinez “Woman of the Year” for her dedication to children’s advocacy and her efforts to keep children safe. Martinez has twice been named New Mexico’s “Prosecutor of the Year.” Governor Martinez also has a record of battling public corruption. On her watch, for example, the Doña Ana County Clerk was convicted of five felony charges of violating the election code and a Municipal Court Judge was convicted of voter fraud.