Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) issues one executive order from March 6-12

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) issued one executive order from March 6-12. As of March 12, Lujan Grisham has issued 37 executive orders in 2023—24 more than she did at this point a year ago.

  • Executive Order 2023-037, where the governor authorized additional emergency funds for the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management due to flooding in Grant County.

Governors use executive orders to manage executive branch operations. During the week of March 6-12, the nation’s governors issued 10 executive orders. Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (D) issued the most with two. Governors in 41 states issued the fewest with zero. Democratic governors issued eight of the 10 orders, while Republican governors issued two.

Lujan Grisham has served as governor since Jan. 1, 2019. She issued 165 executive orders in 2022 and 68 in 2021. Nationally, governors issued at least 1,559 executive orders in 2022. Governors have issued 319 executive orders in 2023. Republican governors issued 198, while Democratic governors issued 121. New Mexico is a Democratic trifecta, meaning Democrats control the governorship and both chambers of the state legislature.

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