Brian Egolf - Speaker of the New Mexico House of Representatives

Brian Egolf - Speaker of the New Mexico House of Representatives I would love to hear from you – with your ideas and feedback to make sure New Mexico is a vibrant state where our children can pursue their dreams.

Representative Brian Egolf was elected Speaker of the New Mexico House of Representatives by acclamation in 2017. He has served in the House since 2009, representing the 47th District, the Eastern portion of Santa Fe County. Egolf first ran for the House in 2007 as the Democratic candidate, championing a progressive platform promoting and creating opportunities for hardworking New Mexicans to get ahead. After winning his election, Brian has continued to serve in the House, winning reelection and a fifth term in November 2016. Egolf’s most notable legislative victories are equal pay for equal work for the women of New Mexico, reducing government corruption through the creation of a statewide independent ethics commission, supporting the establishment and growth of renewable energy, and a law penalizing the distribution of sensitive images, such as child pornography. Egolf received his bachelor’s degree in diplomacy and public service from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.. After graduating, he went to work in the White House for President Bill Clinton and then on his Presidential reelection campaign. After serving in the White House, Brian worked at the United States Treasury Department and then moved to the office of then-New Mexico Congressman Tom Udall. In Congressman Udall’s office, Egolf helped build a coalition of support against the U.S. Patriot Act, which would become the symbol of abuse of power and an attack on the civil rights of Americans. After working in Congress, Egolf earned his law degree from the University of New Mexico and began practicing water rights law. Focusing his legal career on water issues, Egolf has a deep understanding of the ongoing battle to conserve New Mexico’s precious water resources to maintain responsible growth in rural, urban and agricultural sectors. As a lawyer Egolf also filed suit in New Mexico district court on behalf of a gay couple that was denied a marriage license in Santa Fe. That case helped turn the tide toward marriage equality in New Mexico and just a few month later, the state’s Supreme court ruled to legalize gay marriage, making New Mexico the 17th state to do so. Egolf is a Santa Fe native and resides there with his wife, Kelly, and their two daughters. He is committed to protecting the traditions of the people of New Mexico, and to create a vibrant, sustainable community for his kids and all kids to enjoy for generations to come. Legislative Accomplishments: In 2015, the New Mexico House Democratic Caucus elected Egolf to be the House Democratic Minority Floor Leader. Following a successful campaign to flip party control of the House from Republican to Democrat in 2016, Egolf was elected by acclamation to become Speaker of the House where he currently presides. The Fair Pay for Women Act, guaranteeing equal pay for equal work for the women of New Mexico. State Independent Ethics Commission, establishing an investigatory body to enforce violations of ethics laws in New Mexico. Geothermal Resource Leasing, a bill supporting the increased use of sustainable geothermal energy throughout New Mexico. Solar Energy Improvement Special Assessments, providing counties and municipalities with the ability to assess solar projects for investment, supporting the growth of solar energy in New Mexico. Unauthorized Distribution of Sensitive Images, creating penalties for the illegal distribution of images, such as child pornography, within the state of New Mexico. Increase Airport Facilities Funding Limits, enabling small airports to receive state funds for improvements by increasing the number of eligible facilities. Additional Court Funding enabling New Mexico’s courts to uphold their Constitutional obligation to ensure due process and a quick and speedy trial for all New Mexicans. Egolf has been instrumental in advancing progressive policies that support renewable energy growth, conservation, job creation, public safety, small business investment, and an increased statewide minimum wage.

As a reminder, we'd love to see you Sunday! To RSVP please contact Julia Brennan at VolsEgolf@gmail.com.
02/26/2020

As a reminder, we'd love to see you Sunday! To RSVP please contact Julia Brennan at [email protected].

Moments ago, the NM House passed the Extreme Risk Protection Order Act. This critical option will, without a doubt, save...
02/14/2020

Moments ago, the NM House passed the Extreme Risk Protection Order Act.

This critical option will, without a doubt, save lives in New Mexico. It will spare families from unthinkable heartbreak and make all of us safer.

Thank you Reps Joy 4 New Mexico, State Representative Daymon Ely, and many other members for all of your hard work on this life-saving bill.

#EndGunViolence #PreventSuicide

02/07/2020

Thank you to the pueblo and tribal leaders and members that took the time to be with us on American Indian Day in the House, a celebration of the partnership between our governments. Together, we continue our work to build a brighter future.

This year, NM Representative Georgene Louis introduced a memorial to Miguel Trujillo, the first pueblo voting rights activist. After serving in WWII, Trujillo fought against unjust laws at home that barred indigenous people from voting in New Mexico. He went to court and won voting rights in 1948, building political power that has made all of us stronger in the decades since.

Thanks again to everyone who contributed to this special day in the legislature.

Dr. Roth has done so much as chancellor of the UNM Health Sciences Center, leading direct service to our residents and a...
02/04/2020

Dr. Roth has done so much as chancellor of the UNM Health Sciences Center, leading direct service to our residents and always pushing forward with visionary initiatives. His service and wise counsel has touched the lives and work of myself and so many members of our caucus.

My statement on the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Energy Transition Act as the law of the land. Now it's time t...
01/29/2020

My statement on the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Energy Transition Act as the law of the land. Now it's time to implement and take this bold step addressing the climate crisis.

This morning, I had the chance to meet with Global Warming Express Club students from all over the state. Thanks for bei...
01/29/2020

This morning, I had the chance to meet with Global Warming Express Club students from all over the state. Thanks for being champions in the fight to stop climate change and for sharing what you’re learning with me.

‪It was great meeting with the high school students who make up the Speaker’s Academy. I know that many of you will test...
01/28/2020

‪It was great meeting with the high school students who make up the Speaker’s Academy. I know that many of you will testify in committee on bills that are important to students across the state. I’m wishing you the best & I know you’ll knock it out of the park if you speak from the heart. ‬

And one more thing –
Never give up.

Change can sometimes be slow but it only happens when people work together and keep pushing forward, keep breaking down problems, finding solutions, and never stop making their case.

Wes Studi’s impact reaches so far beyond film. Wes is a mentor, he organized with the American Indian Movement, he serve...
01/28/2020

Wes Studi’s impact reaches so far beyond film. Wes is a mentor, he organized with the American Indian Movement, he served in Vietnam, he teaches and promotes indigenous language, and so much more. We honor him for it all today. #NMTrue

01/23/2020
New Mexico Women’s March

Nothing will get through this House that restricts access to abortion.
Nothing will get through this House that restricts access to contraception.
Nothing will pass that disrespects you, your freedom, autonomy, and rights.
#standwithpp

Celebrating Roe v Wade #coalition4choice Planned Parenthood ProgressNow New Mexico #standwithPP

New Mexico’s legislative session was “gaveled in” a little differently this year. Master craftsmen Douglas Magnus and Dy...
01/22/2020

New Mexico’s legislative session was “gaveled in” a little differently this year. Master craftsmen Douglas Magnus and Dylan Weller presented this incredible gavel to the House of Representatives as a gift to the state of New Mexico.

I’ll continue to use the gavel through my term as speaker and hope that it will stay in the people’s House for many speakers to come.

Douglas and Dylan, thank you for your art and your generosity!

I have officially gavelled in the 2nd Session of the 54th Legislature! It's an honor to serve as Speaker and work alongs...
01/21/2020

I have officially gavelled in the 2nd Session of the 54th Legislature! It's an honor to serve as Speaker and work alongside everyone whose mission is to make New Mexico a better place.

01/21/2020
Opening Day 2020

Here in the Roundhouse, we're getting ready to begin the 30-day legislative session. From investments in education, jobs programs, a community solar initiative, and more, there's a lot to look forward to.

I look forward to working with Governor Lujan Grisham and the House Dems to double down on our efforts to support local ...
01/20/2020
New Mexico looks beyond energy boom to diversify economy

I look forward to working with Governor Lujan Grisham and the House Dems to double down on our efforts to support local industries and diversify New Mexico's economy. This growth means more good jobs today and a more secure economy for hardworking New Mexico families.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state lawmakers are striving to reduce the state's dependency on the oil and gas industry through budget proposals aimed at diversifying the economy.

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today and keeping his legacy close to heart every day. Thank you to everyone who con...
01/20/2020

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today and keeping his legacy close to heart every day. Thank you to everyone who continues to bend the arc of history towards justice. #MartinLutherKingDay2020

We fought to flip this House Blue, then we passed the strongest equal pay laws in the nation. Now, we must protect a wom...
01/18/2020

We fought to flip this House Blue, then we passed the strongest equal pay laws in the nation. Now, we must protect a woman’s right to choose - no matter what happens in Washington DC.

Standing on stage this morning with my daughters and with all of you filled me with hope for our future. There’s nothing that Trump, or anyone, can do to silence the New Mexican spirit. Together, we’ll keep building a future where everyone has the opportunity, rights, and respect they deserve.

Government by the people, for the people. Agencies are coming together today in Santa Fe to provide a range of direct se...
01/17/2020
Outreach to the homeless shows government can work

Government by the people, for the people. Agencies are coming together today in Santa Fe to provide a range of direct services – from flu shots and drivers' licenses to job interview prep. I'm grateful to everyone involved in today's event and look forward to many more to come.

On Friday, several state agencies will be at the New Mexico State Library, 12096 Camino Carlos Rey, to provide services to homeless people.

I hope you'll join me, Kelly, our girls, and Santa Feans across our city at the rally this Saturday!We know it's about m...
01/16/2020
Santa Fe rally for Women’s March 2020 aims to maintain momentum

I hope you'll join me, Kelly, our girls, and Santa Feans across our city at the rally this Saturday!

We know it's about more than momentum. It's about fighting for a world where all women are afforded the opportunity to fulfill their aspirations.

The first thing to know about Saturday's Women's March in Santa Fe is that it's not a march.

From continuing our moonshot for education to rebuilding behavioral health programs, we’ve got serious work ahead of us ...
01/16/2020

From continuing our moonshot for education to rebuilding behavioral health programs, we’ve got serious work ahead of us in the 2020 budgetary session. There is so much potential for progress this year, and I’m excited to work with my colleagues and community partners to see it through. Thanks to the Santa Fe County Democrats and Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce for having me at your annual legislative previews.

Got to check out the state’s renewable energy foundation literally get laid in Dora, where 240 turbines will soon captur...
01/10/2020

Got to check out the state’s renewable energy foundation literally get laid in Dora, where 240 turbines will soon capture enough wind power to electrify 200 thousand homes. When completed later this year, the Sagamore Wind Project will be the state’s largest wind farm, moving us one step closer to achieving our renewable energy goals.

For more information on this incredible project visit, http://xcelenergy.com/sagamore.

Day 3 of the Jobs Listening Tour and I am in the growing City of Carlsbad. Carlsbad has tripled in size since 2012, and ...
01/10/2020

Day 3 of the Jobs Listening Tour and I am in the growing City of Carlsbad.

Carlsbad has tripled in size since 2012, and the need for affordable housing, infrastructure and increased teacher pay to ensure student success, is immense. Thank you Representative Cathrynn Brown, former state Rep. John Heaton, and Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway for inviting me here to see for myself what the people of Carlsbad need to improve their quality of life.

It’s Day 2 of my Jobs Listening Tour through Southeast New Mexico, and I’ve been amazed by the level of conversations an...
01/09/2020

It’s Day 2 of my Jobs Listening Tour through Southeast New Mexico, and I’ve been amazed by the level of conversations and ideas put forward.

From broadband infrastructure to tourism workforce development, I really appreciated the fantastic ideas from our roundtable discussion in Ruidoso this morning.

Thank you to Mayor Lynn Crawford, ENMU Ruidoso Branch President Dr. Ryan Carstens, Ruidoso Valley Chamber of Commerce Becky Brooks, Mike Cheney the Owner of Win Place & Show and all other attendees whose hard work is making Ruidoso such a great place to work and live.

Next up on the tour, Mescalero then on to Alamogordo!

When we work together we can ensure every New Mexican has the opportunity to succeed. That's why today, I am traveling t...
01/08/2020

When we work together we can ensure every New Mexican has the opportunity to succeed.

That's why today, I am traveling through central and southeastern NM on my Jobs Listening Tour, because no idea is too small if it improves the livelihoods of New Mexicans.

It is with a heavy heart that I share my statement on the passing of Representative William B. Pratt of HD 27 in Albuque...
12/26/2019

It is with a heavy heart that I share my statement on the passing of Representative William B. Pratt of HD 27 in Albuquerque.

From my family to yours, wishing everyone the very best this holiday season. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to ...
12/24/2019

From my family to yours, wishing everyone the very best this holiday season. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve our great state of New Mexico.

I am so proud to have the support of Congressman Ben Ray Luján, our next great US Senator from New Mexico!
12/18/2019

I am so proud to have the support of Congressman Ben Ray Luján, our next great US Senator from New Mexico!

As a fellow progressive from New Mexico, I am proud to endorse Speaker Brian Egolf.

Speaker Egolf has fought tirelessly to expand health care, protect the environment, and stop the worst abuses of the Trump administration. Now more than ever, we need his leadership.

Principled Republicans, with deep political experience, are organizing to join the fight to save the Republic from anoth...
12/17/2019
Opinion | We Are Republicans, and We Want Trump Defeated

Principled Republicans, with deep political experience, are organizing to join the fight to save the Republic from another four years of the most destructive and unfit president our Nation has ever known. This is a very encouraging development. The https://lincolnproject.us is worth checking out and supporting.

The president and his enablers have replaced conservatism with an empty faith led by a bogus prophet.

I am honored to have the support of Rep. Deb Haaland, the fierce fighter from New Mexico's 1st Congressional District:"A...
12/16/2019

I am honored to have the support of Rep. Deb Haaland, the fierce fighter from New Mexico's 1st Congressional District:

"As Democratic Party Chair in 2016, I worked side by side with Brian Egolf when he was leading the fight to take back the New Mexico House of Representatives, and I watched how hard he worked to achieve that goal so he and the new House Democratic majority could deliver results for New Mexico’s families.

Speaker Egolf has been a champion for the values that New Mexicans hold dear, and under his leadership, the caucus has become the first woman-majority caucus in New Mexico history, with the most diverse leadership team in the country.

Brian respects and honors the sovereignty of New Mexico’s nations, tribes, and pueblos, and has fought to ensure that Native American voices are at the table as equal partners. He understands the enormous challenges faced by our tribal communities and has joined us at the forefront of efforts to fund infrastructure, education, health care, and other critical services for all indigenous New Mexicans.

Under Brian's leadership, House Democrats passed bills to repeal an age-old abortion ban, enact "red flag" protections to reduce gun violence, expand access to quality early childhood education, and legalize recreational cannabis."

I was very glad to speak at the Moms Demand Action event on the Santa Fe Plaza about the need to enact real gun safety m...
12/13/2019

I was very glad to speak at the Moms Demand Action event on the Santa Fe Plaza about the need to enact real gun safety measures to keep our kids safe. When moms get together, great things can happen. It's lucky that we have not had a terrible gun violence event recently in New Mexico, but the time has come to stop relying on luck; we needs the laws to keep our kids safe, like universal background checks on gun purchases. From the Moms Demand Action site: "The Wear Orange campaign was inspired by friends of Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old Chicago high school student killed by gunfire, who decided to honor her life by wearing orange – the color hunters wear in the woods to protect themselves and others. [June 2] would have been Hadiya’s 19th birthday." — with Javier Gonzales

We're lucky to have Senator Heinrich fighting for New Mexico and I'm proud to have his endorsement in our campaign!  "I ...
12/13/2019

We're lucky to have Senator Heinrich fighting for New Mexico and I'm proud to have his endorsement in our campaign!

"I am pleased to announce my endorsement of Speaker Brian Egolf for reelection to House District 47 and New Mexico Speaker of the House.

New Mexico is renowned for its conservation leaders, and our Speaker is one of our state’s greatest environmental champions. Speaker Egolf has fought to keep New Mexico's air and water clean and pristine, and he has consistently stood up for the public lands that I know and love."

My statement on today's petition to the Supreme Court for emergency review of energy law:
12/09/2019

My statement on today's petition to the Supreme Court for emergency review of energy law:

Every year, as a small token of thanks, my staff and I like to whip up a delicious meal and host the hardworking folks w...
11/26/2019

Every year, as a small token of thanks, my staff and I like to whip up a delicious meal and host the hardworking folks who keep the Roundhouse running.

From building services to security, thank you everyone whose job it is to keep the lights on, heat going, and doors open so we can do the people's work.

Thank you.

New Mexico's subcontractors and other small businesses are the backbone of our economy. Litigation should be the last re...
11/19/2019
Excessive litigation a threat to home construction

New Mexico's subcontractors and other small businesses are the backbone of our economy. Litigation should be the last resort for any civil dispute and these businesses deserve a fair shake. Thank you Chris Ramirez for your work in exposing this unfair practice.

https://www.kob.com/albuquerque-news/excessive-litigation-a-threat-to-home-construction/5555862/

A flurry of lawsuits filed in and around Albuquerque are being blamed for an increase in home building costs causing a number of subcontractors to go out of business or experience difficulty staying in business. 

Tomorrow, I will be speaking at the Roundhouse for the Santa Fe Council on International Relations Journalism Under Fire...
11/14/2019
Journalism under Fire conference examines how technology shapes facts

Tomorrow, I will be speaking at the Roundhouse for the Santa Fe Council on International Relations Journalism Under Fire Conference which is asking the question, "how does technology shape the truth?" I welcome this discussion in our House and am very much looking forward to what attendees have to contribute.

https://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/journalism-under-fire-conference-examines-how-technology-shapes-facts/article_db894e60-5f1b-5875-9728-ec5c376077f5.html

Washington Post reporter Dana Priest said she plans to discuss the increasing threat of disinformation, fake news and how social media affects the overall media landscape — a fact often,

Next year, working families across New Mexico will see a lower taxes and more money in their budgets, thanks to the firs...
10/16/2019

Next year, working families across New Mexico will see a lower taxes and more money in their budgets, thanks to the first round of tax changes passed in 2019. Jim Trujillo and Javier Martínez helped lead the way, and Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed a bill to help our state’s hardest working families.

Our state lawmakers are prioritizing families and making our tax code fairer! Thanks to changes made by legislators and Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham this year, hard working families with kids will get an income tax cut. Read more in our fact sheet here 👉 https://www.nmvoices.org/archives/13482

Today, I joined my fellow House Democratic Leaders in condemning the violent video shown at a conference of Trump suppor...
10/14/2019

Today, I joined my fellow House Democratic Leaders in condemning the violent video shown at a conference of Trump supporters at a Trump-owned resort. We call on House Republican leaders to join us in condemning this video and clearly stating that there is no place for this in a democratic society.

It's time to take a look at lowering our gross receipts tax rate - and get rid of exemptions and deductions that don't b...
10/11/2019
Egolf studying gross receipts tax reform for New Mexico

It's time to take a look at lowering our gross receipts tax rate - and get rid of exemptions and deductions that don't boost the economy or help families.

"State House Speaker Brian Egolf is considering proposing legislation in the next session that would reduce the gross receipts tax rate in New Mexico while eliminating some deductions and exemptions related to the tax.

'Lowering the gross receipts tax is the best way to give people a tax cut in New Mexico,' Egolf said. 'It affects lower-income folks the most.'"

A potential bill would propose cutting the tax by a quarter of or half of a percentage point while getting rid of certain deductions and exemptions to make up for

Tonight, I want to send my sincere condolences to Senator Cisneros’ entire family, the New Mexico Senate, and the legisl...
09/17/2019

Tonight, I want to send my sincere condolences to Senator Cisneros’ entire family, the New Mexico Senate, and the legislature as a whole – we lost a great statesman.

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Thanks for working to ensure SB 57 passed the Legislature to aid struggling families and reduce needless shelter animal euthanasia:
Thx for all your efforts to help pass SB 57!
Thank you so much for all your support in passing SB 57. This will provide much needed assistance to the volunteers and professionals caring for animals. Working all together we can eliminate the need to euthanize tens of thousands of animals yearly. Thank you again. Sincerely, Kathe MacLaren APV Volunteer.
Thank you Representative Egolf for helping to get SB57 through the legislature!
I would like to know why the Sheriff’s were kicked off the house floor.
Voting all Democrats out come November!
Can your comrades tell us what the next set of winning lotto numbers will be with your criminal crystal ball?
Election year, your time is up!
How about allowing equal testimony on SB 5 instead of pushing your own agenda
My name is James H West. I am a resident of Sierra County. I am opposed to SB5. It should be referred to the Justice committee and not some minor public affairs group. There should be no maximum time limits set for either pro or con discussions. This bill is in violation of the Constitution of the United States of America. Virginia is already at a virtual civil war and this bill will put New Mexico in the same place. Someone in the end will be killed because of it. Thank you James H West. Registered voter in New Mexico since 1972.
I am mad as hell because our local paper and ABQ said that you certainly implied that you support a proposal to eliminate the idiotic and unfair double taxation on Social Security. However you disgracefully backtracked so wrong.
Wonderful--Praise God. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE that EACH Representative, will be able to PRAY at the START of each day. I hope they get to "have turns" & that EVERY ONE of them, has an opportunity to pray. I would LOVE to have them CLOSE in prayer, ALSO. Let's make it fair please? So that, 2 different Reps, get to pray each day. This is FANTASTIC NEWS! I am HAPPY that Villegas is out of there. His statement is indicative of his TRUE Heart. What a horrible thing to say about our Elected Officials. Newsflash, read your Bible Villegas. God hears ALL prayers from EVERYONE. ALSO, "God is NO respecter of persons". Nobody is better than anyone else. Villegas is NOT the authority on prayers & Villegas does NOT have the "Direct line to God"...Dear Lord, what a "Wolf in Sheep's clothing" he is. If this is TRUE-what a HORRIBLE statement from him..."To me, it’s sacrilegious — it’s sacrilegious big time,” Villegas said."---WOW! People praying is sacrilegious? I can only think that perhaps, he is going to miss that paycheck each day(Too bad, so sad). When you put money, above GOD-humm...Then, this statement is beyond belief----.“I’m talking from a chaplain perspective, a minister perspective,” Villegas said. “It’s beyond their purview. Not only beyond their purview, it’s beyond their subject matter expertise. They have no business getting involved in this sacred moment.”----I can't believe he just said that...WOW!----I am flabbergasted...Every Pastor, should be reaching out to him to correct him...According to him, we are all lost causes & should be forgotten, because NONE of us CAN EVER pray correctly & hence, not be SAVED-if this is how he truly believes. He must think we & the Elected officials are beyond Hope--"what a tool" he is... PRAYER IS CONVERSATION with God. It is NOT right or WRONG. God is NOT a "Genie in the Bottle" that we have to follow a certain formula or possess a certain Title. I am THANKING GOD Villegas is GONE, if this is who he is. "Sheep in wolfs clothing". Now, lets pray for our Elected Officials & thank them for praying each day. Keep praying & fasting for Elected Officials, our State, our Nation. Cudos to Brian Egolf. Thank you.