Hector Balderas was raised in the small village of Wagon Mound, N.M. and went on to receive college degrees from New Mexico Highlands University and UNM Law School. Raised by a single mother in public housing, he is the first person from Wagon Mound to graduate from law school and become an attorney.
At the age of 33, Balderas sent shock waves through the political establishment when he was elected New Mexico State Auditor in November 2006. His election marked a milestone for both New Mexico and the nation, as Balderas became the youngest Hispanic statewide elected official in the country.
Hector's aggressive record of restoring accountability to state and local government is one of the reasons why, in a tough year for New Mexico Democrats, he was reelected statewide in 2010 with the overwhelming support of Democrats, Republicans and Independents.
Today, Hector lives in Albuquerque with his wife Denise and three children, Hector Reyes, Jr., Mariola and Arianna. He is currently seeking the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in New Mexico.