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.
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.