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Toney Anaya

In office
1983 – 1987
Preceded by Bruce King
Succeeded by Garrey Carruthers

Born April 29, 1941 (1941-04-29) (age 68)
Moriarty, New Mexico
Political party Democratic
Profession Politician
Religion Roman Catholicism

Toney Anaya (born April 29, 1941) is a U.S. Democratic politician who was born in Moriarty, New Mexico. He went to undergraduate school at Georgetown University and graduated with a law degree from Washington College of Law in 1967. From 1975 to 1978, he served as New Mexico Attorney General. In 1978, he ran for United States Senate, but was defeated by incumbent Pete Domenici. He served as the 26th Governor of New Mexico from 1983 to 1987.[1]

Since leaving office, he has served on numerous boards, commissions, and with non-profit organizations primarily focusing on Hispanic issues, education, and politics. He contributed significantly to the Democratic National Committee and the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Anaya is also remembered for commutation of death sentences of all eight death row inmates in New Mexico in 1986, due to his opposition to capital punishment.[2]


Legal offices
Preceded by
David L. Norvell
Attorney General of New Mexico
1975 – 1979
Succeeded by
Jeff Bingaman
Political offices
Preceded by
Bruce King
Governor of New Mexico
Succeeded by
Garrey Carruthers


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