Nora Espinoza and her husband, Sonny, have been married for 41 years and they have a son, daughter-in-law, and a young granddaughter.
Nora spent 22 years as a teacher in Roswell, teaching young men and women not only academic subjects, but values and the importance of character, honesty and integrity. During that time she also served on the board of the Roswell Public Library.
Following her career in education, Nora gained valuable experience in government as a legislative assistant in Santa Fe, before moving on to become the Protocol Liaison for New Mexico Military Institute where she guided and influenced the lives of young men and women cadets until winning the nomination for state representative in 2006.
Nora also has considerable business experience as the sole proprietor of her own company from 1981-1987, and later as managing partner of a food supply company from 2011-2015.
Her background includes considerable experience in administration as a member of the Uniform State Rules Committee for the Republican Party of New Mexico (RPNM), as well as service on the state central committee and the executive committee of the RPNM, second vice chair of the Chaves County Republican Party and president of Federated Republican Women of Chaves County.
Nora’s leadership skills and experience has led to her appointment to a number of national and international organizations, including being elected to the executive board, and later treasurer, of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators, and as part of an advisory panel on international affairs and education.
In New Mexico, Nora has been recognized as an accomplished legislator who can work across party lines and achieve results. She was appointed to the Southwest Region Advisory Committee for Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement, Inc. (MESA), and received the New Mexico Statesman Award in 2009, as well as a Budget Bulldog award from the Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, and Outstanding Woman of the Year from the Roswell Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
For the past two years, Nora has been Chair of the House Education Committee, and Vice Chair of the Legislative Health and Human Affairs Interim Committee. Nora currently serves on the Education Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures, and as the Vice Chairwomen West for the National Conference of Hispanic Legislators.
In late January, 2016, Nora was recruited as a candidate for the Republican nomination for Secretary of State and with the assistance of supporters all across New Mexico was able to gather 5,700 signatures in only eight days.