ABOUT VICTOR REYES
As a community organizer, environmental advocate, progressive leader, and as a top aide to Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, Victor Reyes represents the next generation of progressive leadership in New Mexico.
His mother was a longtime volunteer at public schools and an advocate for students. Growing up, Victor often spent more time in community meetings than he did on playgrounds. His mother would tell him - “You’ve got to be a voice for people who feel they don’t have the words or the power themselves.”
Victor took that to heart, and it’s why he’s always worked to make a real difference for people and be a strong voice for progressive public policy. That’s why New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham tapped him to serve as a senior aide in her administration as her Legislative Director.
He’s been at the forefront of the state’s efforts to support educators, curb gun violence, build New Mexico’s economy, and protect our air, land and water. His leadership and vision helped create two of the most productive legislative sessions in history.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Victor helped lead New Mexico’s efforts helping local governments coordinate community response and ensure that our tribes and pueblos had access to the food, shelter, and resources they needed.
Victor was an architect behind two special legislative sessions focused on providing direct assistance to New Mexicans during the pandemic. He led the governor’s call to pass a major relief package that helped deliver direct unemployment assistance in the form of $1,200 supplemental payments to unemployed New Mexicans, $100 million in grants to small and large New Mexico businesses, $15 million emergency housing and homeless assistance; and $5 million for emergency food bank services.
This work also helped enact key reforms like requiring law enforcement to wear body cameras and holding officers accountable for unlawful use of force or failure to stop excessive force by their colleagues.
Victor also served as the chair of New Mexico’s Community Development Council where he oversaw the investment of tens of millions of dollars of federal funds in infrastructure and economic development projects in New Mexico. Under Victor’s leadership, the council partnered with the state’s mortgage finance authority to dedicate $13 million dollars in funding to housing and rental assistance to families struggling to make ends meet during the pandemic.
Victor has also worked with the New Mexico Senate Democratic Caucus. There he worked with State Senators to hold the line against budget cuts that would have been detrimental to public education.
Prior to his government service, Reyes built a record of progressive advocacy as a community organizer and advocate in New Mexico. As the political and legislative director of Conservation Voters New Mexico, he led the successful opposition to anti-conservation legislation in the 2015 state legislative session. As the Campaigns Director for ProgressNow New Mexico, he championed progressive candidates and issues, pushing back against former Republican Governor Susana Martinez’s destructive anti-working family agenda.
Victor is also a longtime advocate and national leader on reproductive freedom and justice. He serves as the Board Chair of Catholics for Choice, has helped defeat anti-abortion legislation, and has worked alongside a diverse coalition of women, families, and community organizations to repeal an antiquated law that would ban abortions in our state.
If elected, Victor would be the first LGBTQ person to represent New Mexico in the United States Congress.
He lives in Albuquerque and is on the hunt to find the best red chile from Estancia down to the South Valley.