Governor Appoints Jennifer Padgett District Attorney In First Judicial District

Jennifer Padgett


SANTA FE — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez announced the appointment of Jennifer Padgett of Santa Fe as the district attorney for the First Judicial District to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Angela “Spence” Pacheco.

“Jennifer Padgett has devoted her career to fighting for children and she has what it takes to build on Spence’s success as district attorney,” Martinez said. “She has demonstrated tremendous management abilities and will aggressively strive to protect citizens and fight for victims in Los Alamos, Rio Arriba and Santa Fe Counties.” 

“I’m delighted that Governor Martinez has appointed Ms. Padgett to replace me,” said outgoing District Attorney Pacheco. “Her skills and experience are well-suited to the needs of residents of New Mexico’s First Judicial District.” 

Padgett most recently served as administrative services director for the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD), where she also served as deputy cabinet secretary and acting general counsel. Padgett also has served as assistant general counsel in the Office of Governor Susana Martinez from 2011 to 2012, a senior trial prosecutor in the First Judicial District charged with prosecuting crimes against children and sexual assaults from 2010 to 2011, and assistant district attorney in the Third Judicial District from 2006 to 2010.

Padgett was one of the attorneys whose name was among the recommendations provided by outgoing District Attorney Pacheco as a potential replacement. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, and a Juris Doctorate from St. Mary’s University Law School in San Antonio, Texas.