Sue Wilson Beffort

Sue Wilson Beffort
Member of the New Mexico Senate
from the 19th district
Assumed office
Personal details
Born July 16, 1946 (1946-07-16) (age 70)
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Steven R. Beffort
Alma mater Southern Methodist University

Sue F. Wilson Beffort[1] (born July 16, 1946)[2] is a Republican politician serving in the New Mexico State Senate. She was also the Republican nominee for Lt. Governor as the running mate of John Dendahl in 2006. Beffort has a bachelor's degree from Southern Methodist University. Her late husband, Steve Beffort, served as General Services Secretary under Republican Governor Gary Johnson.[1][3][4]

Wilson Beffort listed her occupation on the official New Mexico Legislature website as Employment Consultant.[5] She joined the New Mexico State Senate in 1997 representing the 19th district. The district covered a swath of small communities in Bernalillo, Sandoval, Santa Fe, and Torrance Counties.

Lieutenant Governor race

In 2006, Wilson Beffort was the Republican nominee for Lt. Governor of New Mexico.[6][7] She ran as the running mate of John Dendahl after the elected gubernatorial candidate for governor was replaced by the state party. On June 17, 2006, Dr. J.R. Damron, who won the primary election to become the Republican nominee for the gubernatorial election, was pressured into resigning as the Republican candidate for Governor of New Mexico by Republican Party chairman Allen Weh and former chairman John Dendahl .[8] Weh engaged in the effort against Damron because of supposed decreased name recognition. John Dendahl was appointed as Republican candidate for Governor by Weh and the Republican party's Central Committee. Dendahl kept Wilson Beffort as his running mate. (Wilson Beffort had won the Republican primary in June 2006.) Dendahl and Wilson Beffort lost the election to Democrats Bill Richardson and Diane Denish.[9]

Breed specific legislation

In the January 2012 New Mexico Legislative session, Wilson Beffort angered dog lovers as well as the local Animal Humane society by proposing breed specific legislation (BSL). She advocated tightening the dangerous dog act by designating all pit bulls as dangerous dogs. The result of such legislation, if passed, would be that a dog could be killed as a suspect in a dog-attack rather than requiring law enforcement to investigate whether or not the animal committed the attack, as the law currently read. Protests by concerned citizens, and ultimately by the Republican Governor (Susana Martinez) took the proposed legislation out of the realm of consideration.[10] In response to Wilfort Beffort's 2012 bill, during the 2013 Legislature, Representative Yvette Herrell, R-Alamogordo proposed House Bill 63 that sought to prohibit municipalities and counties from enacting breed-specific regulations.[11][12] The bill passed the state House, but later died in the Senate (where Wilson Beffort was still in office) when the bill ran out of time.[13][14][15]

Removal from ballot and 2012 re-election

In March 2012, the New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran considered cutting Wilson Beffort's name from the election ballot, because Wilson Beffort's nominating forms were completed incorrectly.[16] By March 26, 2012, Duran allowed Wilson Beffort to remain on the ballot, along with seven others who had errors on their applications to run for office.[17] A subsequent lawsuit by Rep. Thomas Garcia (D-Ocaté) was lost, so Wilson Beffort was allowed to remain on the ballot. She ran unopposed in the June 5, 2012 Republican primary. No Democratic candidates filed to run in the general election of November 6, 2012.


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  2. "Legislators". New Mexico Legislature. 2003.
  3. Bush, Mike (July 3, 2014). "UNM administrator, 'a born leader,' dies at 76". Albuquerque Journal.
  4. Senate Republican Leadership Office. "Republican Senators Bio Page: Sue Wilson Beffort". Party description of senators currently serving. New Mexico State Senate Republican Leadership. Retrieved June 10, 2013.
  5. Legislative Council Service Staff. "Senator Sue Wilson Beffort – (R)". Government Publication. New Mexico Legislature. Retrieved June 9, 2013.
  6. Rubel, Walter (October 8, 2006). "Beffort, Denish vie for lieutenant governor". The Farmington Daily Times. Retrieved June 10, 2013.
  7. Miller, Jay (February 16, 2006). "It's Great to Be a Senator". Inside the Capitol. Retrieved June 10, 2013.
  8. Damron Says Choice to Quit Was His.
  9. "AmericaVotes 2006 State Races » New Mexico". 2007. Retrieved August 23, 2013.
  10. "DANGEROUS DOG BILL". Evening News for January 14, 2012. KOAT Television News. Retrieved July 11, 2012.
  11. Herrell, Yvette. "House Bill 63" (PDF). Governmental copy of proposed legislation. New Mexico Legislature. Retrieved June 9, 2013.
  12. Grimm, Julie Ann (January 15, 2013). "Herrell's bill prohibits banning dog breeds". Alamogordo Daily News. Retrieved June 9, 2013.
  13. Reichbach, Matthew (February 18, 2013). "Bill banning breed-specific ordinancespasses House". New Mexico Telegram. Retrieved June 9, 2013.
  14. Legislative Council Service Staff. "2013 Regular Session HB 63 NO BREED-SPECIFIC LOCAL GOV'T DOG REGULATIONS". Government Summary of Legislation. New Mexico Legislature. Retrieved June 9, 2013.
  15. "". Animal Protection Voters. Retrieved March 27, 2013. External link in |title= (help)
  16. Boyd, Dan. "7 May Be Cut From Ballot". Albuquerque Journal North. Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved July 11, 2012.
  17. Kolewski, M.I. "Secretary of State OK's candidates despite their mistaken forms; Garcia says he'll go to court UPDATE: "The rules were clear," Garcia says". Capitol Report New Mexico. Retrieved July 11, 2012.
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