New Mexico Secretary Of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver Selected As One Of Nation’s Outstanding Rising Leaders

Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver

From the Office of the Secretary of State:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver was selected as one of 22 leaders from across the country to join the NewDEAL (Developing Exceptional American Leaders), a selective national network of state and local elected officials with Honorary Co-Chairs U.S. Sen. Chris Coons and Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland. 

Members of the network have been chosen from more than 1,900 nominations over NewDEAL’s 12 years, and are united by their work to enact pro-growth progressive solutions across their diverse array of communities. 

Toulouse Oliver joins the group at a time when state and local leaders are on the frontlines of responding to economic issues around the cost of living and the changing nature of work, as well as challenges caused by climate change, racial inequities, and threats to our democracy. At a moment when unprecedented federal resources are flowing to states, counties, and cities from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, and Inflation Reduction Act, NewDEALers are supporting each other in thinking big and sharing model policies and programs, including through in-person and virtual convenings.

In one effort, NewDEAL has released an ARPA impact report highlighting some of the innovative ways members of the network have used federal funding to transform their communities. NewDEALers also led a working group that released a Democracy Playbook, featuring actionable steps elected officials across all levels of state and local government can take to strengthen elections. NewDEAL Leaders’ work also has contributed to reports of policy recommendations on education, climate change, broadband, and the future of work.

NewDEALers’ next major convening will take place at the 2023 Spring Ideas Summit, May 15-16 in Detroit, MI, where about 50 members will join other innovators from the public and private sectors to discuss a forward-looking agenda for state and local Democrats to address the biggest challenges facing our country, including housing, education, climate change, and threats to our democracy.

Elected in 2016, Toulouse Oliver was selected to join NewDEAL because of her dedication to ensuring fair, secure, and accessible elections for all citizens. One of Toulouse Oliver’s key initiatives is increasing transparency and ethical standards in government, which she has pursued by implementing new financial disclosure and campaign finance reporting rules.

Toulouse Oliver has also worked to expand voter access and modernize election administration, helping to craft and pass good government legislation such as same-day voter registration, the New Mexico Voting Rights Act, which included the Native American Voting Rights Act and automated voter registration, and the establishment of New Mexico’s Ethics Commission. She was spotlighted in 2022 as a democracy-defending leader when she petitioned New Mexico’s Supreme Court to block a local county from refusing to certify their election results based on conspiracy theories.

NewDEAL Leaders have found broad support for their work across red, blue, and purple states and cities, with more than 20 rising to higher office in the past few years. Throughout the organization’s history, more than one in four NewDEAL Leaders has moved to higher office. These leaders include members of Congress, such as Marilyn Strickland in Washington, Brittany Pettersen in Colorado, and Jennifer McClellan in Virginia, Governor Josh Shapiro in Pennsylvania, and new Mayors in cities from San Jose, CA to Stamford, CT.

“We are in a vitally important moment for state and local leaders as we work to channel transformational levels of federal aid while grappling with the challenges that will continue to affect the economic security of New Mexico for decades to come,” Toulouse Oliver said. “I look forward to sharing lessons with and learning from other leaders who are setting the standard for effective governance, and I am excited to be part of NewDEAL’s efforts to expand opportunities for Americans in communities nationwide.”

About NewDEAL

The NewDEAL brings together leaders focused on expanding opportunity, helping them develop and spread innovative ideas to spur economic growth that is broadly-earned and sustainable. Most importantly, the organization facilitates the exchange of ideas among its members and connects them with other pro-growth progressive political, policy, and private sector leaders. NewDEAL alumni have included Pete Buttigieg, Stacey Abrams, Jason Kander, Alex Padilla, Ben McAdams, and more.

Today’s announcement brings the total number of NewDEAL members – statewide officials, legislators, mayors, councilmembers, and other local leaders – to 191 leaders from 49 states.

Learn more about Toulouse Oliver and the NewDEAL at

The new class of NewDEAL Leaders includes:

  • Alaska: Rep. Maxine Dibert
  • Arkansas: Rep. Nicole Clowney
  • Connecticut: Sen. Christine Cohen
  • Georgia: Rep. Phil Olaleye
  • Georgia: Fulton County Commissioner Dana Barrett
  • Louisiana: Sen. Royce Duplessis
  • Maryland: Delegate Adrian Boafo
  • Michigan: Sen. Kristen McDonald Rivet
  • Minnesota: Rochester Mayor Kim Norton
  • New Mexico: Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver
  • Nevada: Las Vegas Councilmember Brian Knudsen
  • New York: Assemblymember Alex Bores
  • Ohio: Cincinnati Mayor Aftab Pureval
  • Ohio: Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb
  • Oregon: Rep. Daniel Nguyen
  • Rhode Island: Providence Mayor Brett Smiley
  • South Carolina: Rep. Marvin Pendarvis
  • Tennessee: Rep. Caleb Hemmer
  • Utah: Sen. Stephanie Pitcher
  • Virginia: Newport News Mayor Phil Jones
  • Virginia: Delegate Irene Shin
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