COMMISSIONER LYnda Lovejoy - District 4
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Lynda Lovejoy
Commissioner - District 4


1120 Paseo De Peralta
P.O. Box 1269
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87504
(505) 827-8019


Commissioner Lynda Lovejoy won the primary election on June 3, 2014 and ran unopposed in the general election.  As a newly-elected commissioner installed on January 1, 2015, she represents District 4, which is the northwest quadrant (serving counties of Cibola, McKinley and San Juan, and part of Bernalillo, Rio Arriba, Socorro, Sandoval and Santa Fe counties) of New Mexico, the state’s most important region for energy and electricity.  It is the source of most of the coal and natural gas that fuel the power plants.  Energy and the jobs it creates is a vital component of the economy and quality of life in District 4.  This district has characteristics of small farms, ranching, small towns and isolated communities that are poorly served.  In these areas, many residents still do not have the luxury of having a telephone, running water, electricity, adequate health care, paved roads and reliable transportation.  The State of New Mexico’s economic wellbeing and economic health depends upon continued essential modern, reliable and affordable services to ensure opportunities to every household family regardless of where they live. 


As a seasoned public servant for 24 years, Commissioner Lovejoy brings to the PRC extensive experience, education and quality leadership and management skillsets that will enable her to be a strong advocate for instituting professionalism, effectiveness, efficiency and streamlining processes with both the administration of PRC agency and utility case management system.  She is committed on being a proactive and visionary leader in harnessing regulatory models that offer new approach and modern systems to ensure retail ratepayers and utility industries are served in the most professional manner to keep pace with changing needs.


From 1999-2002, Commissioner Lovejoy was one of first five elected commissioners to serve on the newly created Public Regulation Commission, a replacement of two merged agencies, former State Corporation Commission and former Public Utility Commission.  She was re-elected and served as commissioner from 2003-2006.


Work and Elective Office Experience:

  • Commissioner Public Regulation Commission District 4, 1/01/15 - present.
  • State Senator, District 22, 2007 – 2012.
  • Commissioner, Public Regulation Commission District 4, 1999 – 2006.
  • State House of Representative, District 69, 1989 – 1998.
    Cultural Consultant, National Indian Telecommunications Institute, 2007.
  • Over 20 years of experience in administrative/management principles, procedures & practices with non-profit, educational & tribal organizations.


  • Certificate of completion in Legislative Energy Horizon Institute, Energy Policy Planning Program, University of Idaho, April 2010.
  • MBA, 21 credit hours, NM Highlands University, 2004 – 2006.
  • BS Degree, Public Administration, Northern Arizona University, 1987.
  • AA Degree, Elementary Education, UNM, 1985.

Other Experience:

  • Chairperson, House Government & Urban Affairs Committee, 1996 – 1998.
  • Co-chairperson, Interim Indian Affairs Committee, 1990 - 1992.
  • U.S. delegate to Guatemala Parlamentarios Indigenas de America Convention in Guatemala, 1990.
  • Recipient, Governor’s Award for “Woman of Year,” 1992.
  • Recipient, UMN Alumni Association ZIA Award, 2005.
  • Vice-chairperson, Senate Education Committee, 2008.
  • Vice-chairperson on Senate Transportation & Corporations Committee, 2009 – 2012.
  • Co-chairperson, Transportation Committee of the National Conference of State Legislators, 2012.
  • Candidate for Navajo Nation president, primary & general election, 2006 and 2010.
  • PRC commission chairperson, 1999; June-December 2002; 2003.
  • PRC vice-chairperson, 2000.
  • Selected by NM Business Weekly as NM’s Top 100 Power Brokers, 2000.
  • Member of Navajo Technical College Board of Trustees, 2004 – 2012.
  • Member of Navajo Nation Telecommunications Regulatory Commission, 2008 – 2012.

Commissioner Lovejoy's Staff


Phone: (505) 827-8019
EMail: Lynda.Lovejoy@state.nm.us

Lynda Lovejoy is the Commissioner of the 4th District of the Public Regulation Commission.

District 4 is shown as the blue area on the map below.

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Press Releases

  Commissioner Lovejoy attends School Security  Regional Workshop in Gallup New Mexico.

Commissioner Lynda lovejoy, along with Teresa Hopkins, Executive Director, Navajo Nation Telecommunicationd met with FCC offcials Ms. Barbara Esbin, Deputy Bureau Chief, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau and Mr. Matthew Duchesne, Chief, Office of Native Affairs and Policy

Commissioner Lovejoy and PRC technical staff hosted a meeting in ABQ with Navajo Division of Health to assist with developing non-emergency medical transport regulation policy.

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Commissioner Lovejoy attends Eastern Navajo Agency council meeting in Ramah Navajo and makes her quarterly PRC activity report.

Selfie photo of Commissioner Lovejoy with Meredith Attwell Baker who is president and CEO of CTIA who were the major sponsors of Mobile World Congress Americas' conference held in San Francisco from September 12 - 14, 2017.

Commissioner Lovejoy was an invited speaker at the Din'e Business Women Association kickoff celebration held at Fire Rock Casino near Gallup on Friday, August 18, 2017.

Commissioner Lovejoy seated with Commissioner Hall discussing utility issues at NARUC Summer Policy Summit held in San Diego, CA, July 15 - 19, 2017.

Commissioner Lovejoy presiding over PNM rate case public comment hearings held at Farmington Municipal City Hall.

Commissioner Lovejoy presented to the Rural Electric Cooperative Association annual meeting a PowerPoint titled: "A State Regulatory Perspective" in Ruidoso NM on May 24.

NM811 Annual Meeting, May 9, 2017

Commissioner Lovejoy attended the Continental Divide Electric Coop annual meeting held at Grants High School in Grants, NM on Saturday, April 29, 2017.  The favorite part is the prize drawing event.

Commissioner Lovejoy standing with Doug Bryan and Peggy Hogan,
who are two of five board members of the Apple Orchard Mutual
Domestic Water Consumer’s Association for Harvest Gold subdivision
east of Bloomfield, NM. 
  Commissioner Lovejoy attends funeral service of slain Navajo Nation Police Officer Houston Largo, along with other dignitaries including Governor Martinez who was one of several speakers.  "It was an emotional funeral service for a heroic lawman.  Police officers from various places of the state, including Arizona and Utah, attended the service," stated Lovejoy.  
Commissioner Lovejoy participated in the opening session of the New Mexico State Legislature,
where she mingled with her Commission colleagues, pueblo leaders, relatives and friends serving in the Legislature.
Commissioner Lovejoy attended the Eastern Navajo Agency's local elected officials' inauguration held at the Navajo Technical University in Crownpoint on Monday, January 9. Various dignitaries from Tribal, Counties and State government were represented. Lovejoy states, "It was an honor for John and myself to attend and witness great local leaders take office, and I am excited to be involved in their leadership environment, vision and growth."  
The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission bid a fond farewell to outgoing State Fire Marshal John Standefer, who is set to retire December 31, 2016, after serving New Mexico for 47 years in the fire service, 15 of those years as State Fire Marshal. From left are Commissioners Pat Lyons and Lynda Lovejoy, Fire Marshal Standefer, Commission Chair Valerie Espinoza, and Commissioners Sandy Jones and Karen Montoya.
Red Valley Commissioner Lovejoy made a  presentation to the Northern Agency Council during their quarterly meeting, held September 9 in the beautiful Red Valley community. Red Valley presentation
Commissioner Lovejoy’s sister, Loretta, and niece, Peggy were visiting from Gallup, New Mexico. Loretta is a successful Navajo businesswoman who owns a construction company and a personal home care service.
New Mexico Public Regulation Commission Commissioner Lynda Lovejoy attended the Eastern Navajo Council meeting in Crownpoint on Saturday, August 27, where she presented a 10-minute update report on general key topics of interest related to her work on the Commission to the Council. These meetings are held on a quarterly basis where 32 chapter representatives, council delegates, state and county leaders convene to conduct business.  ENC meeting
COMMISSIONERS' SELFIE - During a visit by Commissioner Mignon Clyburn with the Federal Communications Commission on Monday, August 8, 2016, New Mexico Public Regulation Commissioner Lovejoy joined in the roundtable discussions, one held at the All Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque and the other held at Navajo Technical University. Commissioner Clyburn's visit to New Mexico was sponsored by Congressman Ben Ray Lujan and Senator Tom Udall to discuss efforts to expand broadband access in rural New Mexico communities. "I applaud Commissioner Clyburn in advocating for greater broadband expansion for rural communities," Lovejoy stated. "I regard her as a champion for launching high speed connectivity to improve the health of our Nations. New Mexico is one of the most rural states in the country and has one of the largest representations of tribal members as well. In every study of broadband availability conducted, New Mexico is rated at the lower end of broadband access. Former President Bill Clinton came to the Navajo Nation and spoke at Shiprock, New Mexico in April 2000, where he announced his key technological initiatives that aimed at overcoming the digital divide and creating economic opportunities for youth, families and communities left behind. Now 16 years later, while the needle has slightly moved, we can't forget that the job to provide basic telephone services hasn't been accomplished yet for many tribal families, where not even dial tone or mobile phone services are available to them. It is my hope that the FCC will continue to encourage deployment of basic services and develop more programs to expand broadband, never forgetting the special circumstances under which our tribal citizens live."  FCC
New Mexico Public Regulation Commissioner Lovejoy is donating a woman's Pendleton shawl to Mariano Lake Chapter staff which will be presented to the 13th annual Treaty Day princess pageant winner on Friday, August 5, at Mariano Lake. Treaty Day held annually at Mariano Lake honors the history and traditional way of life, the standard way of living out our lives by holding true to our culture, language and customs, which is the backbone of Navajo society.”  Treaty Day
New Mexico Public Regulation Commissioner Lynda Lovejoy recently attended the 2016 Summer Committee Meeting of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) held in Nashville, Tennessee, July 24-27. It featured a slate of panelists and speakers on the latest updates on topics of electricity, gas, water, consumer affairs, rate design, energy resources & environment, and telecommunications sectors. “As a member of NARUC, I serve on the Telecommunications Committee, but I also attended water and pipeline safety sessions,” Commissioner Lovejoy stated. “My participation on these committees provides and supports continuing education and training opportunities as a commissioner to improve my knowledge and understanding of these complex topics we deal with within our administrative judicatory role.”  NARUC 16 NARUC 16

National conventionNew Mexico Public Regulation Commissioner Lynda Lovejoy attended the opening session of the National Association of State Fire Marshal's convention held at Hotel Albuquerque July 19-21. The New Mexico State Fire Marshal’s Office hosted the event. The opening ceremony was a delight with welcoming speech by Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry, Fire Marshal John Standefer, and installation of NASFM officers. Thank you, NMSFM, staff for hosting a well-managed national convention along with your dedication to professionalism and integrity.

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Commissioner Lovejoy attended AV Water-PRC community outreach meeting held in Farmington June 30th at the civic center.  Here Commissioner Lovejoy is greeting Crouch Mesa resident water customers prior to the meeting. av water meeting
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Commissioner Lynda Lovejoy continues to stay engaged with community leaders. She recently attended the Navajo Eastern Agency Council meeting, where she makes general update reports about her work in Santa Fe. Commissioner Lynda Lovejoy
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NMPRC Commissioner Lynda Lovejoy, USDA Rural Development State
Director Terry Brunner, Sacred Wind Communication CEO John Badal
and NMPRC Commissioner Karen Montoya during the USDA’s presentation to Sacred Wind

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