Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) issues one executive order from May 8-14

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) issued one executive order from May 8-14. As of May 14, Lujan Grisham has issued 58 executive orders in 2023 — four more than she did at this point a year ago. The order is: 

  • Executive Order 2023-058, where the governor authorized additional emergency funds for the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management due to flooding in Grant County that resulted from a monsoon rain event that began on August 19, 2022.

Governors use executive orders to manage executive branch operations. During the week of May 8-14, the nation’s governors issued 18 executive orders. Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) issued the most with three. Governors in 36 states issued the fewest orders with zero. Republican governors issued 10 of the 18 orders, while Democratic governors issued eight.

Lujan Grisham has served as governor since Jan. 1, 2019. She issued 164 executive orders in 2022 and 68 in 2021. Nationally, governors issued at least 1,565 executive orders in 2022. Governors have issued 591 executive orders in 2023. Republican governors issued 386, while Democratic governors issued 205. New Mexico is a Democratic trifecta, meaning Democrats control the governorship and both chambers of the state legislature.

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