Annie Chavez understands that in New Mexico, we value a commitment to family and working for an opportunity to succeed. Growing up in Albuquerque, Annie benefited from the strength of her family, quality public schools, and a career dedicated to serving the people of New Mexico.
These values are under threat and the New Mexico Annie grew up in is slipping away. She’s running for Congress to fight for economic opportunity and security for all New Mexicans.
Annie is the sixth of eight children. Her father, Jose Ramon “Ray” Chavez was a Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Air Force, and her mother, Martha, managed their home before returning to work at St. Joseph’s hospital when her youngest began school. When Annie was 16, her father passed away and she stepped in to help her mother with the household duties.
Annie attended local public schools and graduated from Manzano High School. She went on to attend the University of New Mexico earning degrees in Political Science and History. To help pay for college and graduate debt free, she worked the drive-through at a Burger King and then at local bookstores. Following graduation, she began her career teaching at Ernie Pyle Middle School and Cibola High School helping prepare students for success in college and careers.
Annie then decided to enroll at UNM for law school and practiced insurance defense and business law in Albuquerque for four years. In 2004, she joined the John Kerry presidential campaign.
Instead of returning to her law career, Annie joined the staff of Democratic New Mexico Senator Jeff Bingaman. During her time on Capitol Hill, she worked with New Mexico leaders to help expand opportunities for housing and job creation. During several of New Mexico’s devastating wildfires, Annie helped coordinate response efforts by connecting federal agencies with state and local officials.
Annie moved on to work for USTelecom, an organization helping push for access to the Internet and privacy laws on behalf of large and small communications businesses from across the country. She led efforts to expand broadband access capabilities to rural and underserved communities and pushed for diverse hiring in telecom companies.
Annie returned to Albuquerque to serve as a Government Relations Officer with Sandia National Laboratories, where she spearheads efforts to keep legislators informed about the lab’s Homeland Security missions. She understands that the lab and Kirtland Air Force Base are major drivers of Albuquerque’s economy. She knows these resources can be better leveraged to help attract new jobs that will ensure New Mexico is equipped to prosper in the 21st century economy.
Annie lives in Albuquerque’s Northeast Heights with her mother.