New Mexico Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission
CONTACT: Carmen Rodriguez, Administrative Office of the Courts
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 1, 2018
SANTA FE -- The New Mexico Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission (NMJPEC) has appointed Nate Gentry, an Albuquerque attorney who is completing his final term in the New Mexico State Legislature this year, as its newest member.SANTA FE – The New Mexico Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission (NMJPEC) has appointed Nate Gentry, an Albuquerque attorney who is completing his final term in the New Mexico State Legislature this year, as its newest member.
Gentry was first elected to the New Mexico Legislature in 2010, was elected Republican Whip in 2012, Majority Floor Leader in 2014, and Republican Floor Leader in 2016.
Prior to serving in the New Mexico Legislature, Gentry served as counsel to the United States Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee from 2004-2007, focusing on water, lands, and oil and gas issues.
Gentry earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, and a Juris Doctor from the University of New Mexico School of Law. He is currently in private practice in Albuquerque.
NMJPEC was established by the Supreme Court of New Mexico in 1997 as a volunteer, nonpartisan commission to improve the performance of New Mexico’s judges and provide useful, credible information to voters on judges standing for retention in general elections. Under state law, judges standing for retention must receive 57 percent voter approval to remain on the bench.
The New Mexico Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission is comprised of 15 individuals – seven lawyers and eight non-lawyers – who are appointed by the Supreme Court to staggered terms. Members are selected from nominations made by the Governor, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Speaker of the House, Senate President Pro Tempore, House Minority Leader, Senate Minority Leader and President of the State Bar.