Former ADA and Judge Announces Candidacy for New Mexico Attorney General

Susan Riedel


ALBUQUERQUE – Susan Riedel, former chief deputy district attorney in Las Cruces and retired Third Judicial District Court judge, announced her candidacy Wednesday for New Mexico Attorney General. Riedel pledged to utilize her more than 25 years of prosecutorial experience to fight for New Mexico:

“New Mexico deserves a strong prosecutor as attorney general,” Riedel said. “I will stand up and fight against those who would prey on the weak and try to take advantage of the public.  I will enforce the laws of New Mexico to ensure that dangerous criminals are put behind bars. I’m humbled by the overwhelming support and encouragement to run for attorney general that I’ve received across New Mexico and would be honored to represent my fellow citizens as the chief law enforcement officer of our great state.”

Riedel began her legal career in the Albuquerque District Attorney’s Office in 1984 and moved to Las Cruces in 1992 where she continued to serve the public as a prosecutor. She was appointed to the bench by Gov. Susana Martinez who called her a “tenacious and fair representative of New Mexico’s legal system” and noted she dedicated her career to “protecting New Mexico’s children and families and upholding the law to the fullest extent.” Riedel retired from the bench in 2012. 

During her long legal career, Riedel prosecuted some of the most serious cases in this state including the Linda Daniels murder, the baby Brianna child abuse case and the murder of Carly Martinez. She lives in Las Cruces.

Riedel’s Biography:

Susan Riedel is well known to New Mexicans for her successful prosecutions in some of the state’s most infamous criminal cases – including the “Baby Brianna” case and the conviction of Jesse Avalos for the murder of New Mexico State University freshman Carly Martinez.

Riedel served as the chief deputy district attorney in Las Cruces for 14 years and was named “Legal Impact Prosecutor of the Year” and “Woman of the Year” for her dedication to victims, particularly children. Following her service as a prosecutor, Riedel spent almost two years as a district judge presiding over domestic relations and criminal cases – earning a reputation as a tough, fair, and impartial jurist.

Riedel’s compassion for the victims of crime was reinforced in 2004 when her own husband was killed by a drunk driver during a family trip to a soccer tournament. She and her three sons persevered, with the oldest, Christopher, earning admission to the United States Naval Academy and a tour in Afghanistan as a SeaBee. He is now enrolled in the Georgetown University Law Center and will follow his mother into the field of law, along with her second son Jonathan, a deputy sheriff in Dona Ana County, and youngest son Patrick, a college student.

A native of a small town on the edge of Cincinnati, Ohio, Riedel attended the University of Cincinnati where she graduated cum laude in 1981 and then went on to Georgetown University Law Center. 

In the summer between second and third year, she clerked at a law firm in Albuquerque. There she met another law clerk from a different firm, Kevin T. Riedel of Milwaukee, Wisc. They married in between law school graduations and both were sworn in to the New Mexico Bar in the fall of 1984. For more information, visit