Reyes says he is leaving administration

Santa Fe, NM (KKOB) — Victor Reyes, Deputy Superintendent of the Regulation and Licensing Department and former legislative director for Gov. Lujan Grisham, is leaving the administration to pursue new opportunities.

“I am exceedingly lucky to have had Victor as an integral part of my team for these past years,” said Gov. Lujan Grisham. “His expertise and insight were essential to the success of so many initiatives that have benefited New Mexico, from enacting the Energy Transition Act to protecting reproductive rights to launching New Mexico’s adult-use cannabis industry. His knowledge of state government and intimate understanding of New Mexico communities makes him an invaluable asset to any cause, and I can’t wait to see what he accomplishes next.”

Reyes most recently served as the Deputy Superintendent of the Regulation and Licensing Department, where he oversaw the successful rollout of New Mexico’s adult-use cannabis program. After taking a brief leave of absence to join the staff of the governor’s re-election campaign, Reyes is leaving state government to pursue new opportunities.

Reyes was an original member of the governor’s administration, joining as legislative director for the governor’s office. In that position he led numerous successful legislative initiatives, including the Energy Transition Act, the decade’s first raise in the minimum wage, and critical gun-violence prevention legislation. He also spearheaded Gov. Lujan Grisham’s successful push to repeal New Mexico’s 1969 abortion ban. Throughout the governor’s first term in office, Reyes also served as an advisor on issues related to the state’s sovereign nations.