Nov. 8, 2018: U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham was elected as the Governor of New Mexico on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, becoming the first Democratic Latina Governor in the United States. Grisham defeated U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, a member of the U.S. House Freedom Caucus. Grisham, 58, a lawyer from Los Alamos, succeeds current Gov. Susana Martinez, who also made history in 2010 when she was elected as the first Latina Governor ever elected in the United States. Grisham currently represents New Mexico’s First District in the U.S. House. She is the Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.