CVNM has published our Conservation Scorecard annually since 2005, and we have some interesting data to share over the span of 11 years. From 2005 to 2015, how are our legislators representing New Mexico’s strong conservation values? Find out below:

Chamber 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011/2012* 2013 2014 2015
House Average Score 62% 65% 56% 49% 57% 61% 55% 49% 46% 47%
Senate Average Score 65% 56% 52% 49% 46% 70% 52% 62% 52% 71%
House 100%’ers 10 10 7 1 10 19 9 13 8 20
Senate 100%’ers 4 7 0 5 6 17 11 9 5 17
House 0%’ers 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9
Senate 0%’ers 0 0 0 4 0 0 5 1 1 2
House Democrats 83% 65% 78% 60% 74% 79% 78% 80% 74% 91%
House Republicans 26% 52% 23% 32% 29% 29% 30% 13% 13% 10%
House DTS n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 38% n/a n/a n/a
Senate Democrats 76% 80% 69% 69% 62% 89% 52% 81% 71% 93%
Senate Republicans 49% 25% 29% 22% 16% 36% 14% 34% 24% 40%

Average Scores by Chamber

In 2005, the average Senate and House Conservation Score were a mere three percentage points apart. In 2015, the gap has reached 24 percentage points.

100%’ers and 0%’ers

With 37 100%’ers in 2015 in both the House and Senate, more legislators earned a 100% in 2015 than any other year of the Scorecard. Coming in as a close second, 36 legislators earned a 100% in 2010. In 2008, only six legislators earned a 100%.

In 2015, 9 representatives earned a 0%. That means they cast no pro-conservation votes that were scored in this Scorecard. Nine 0% scores in one year is a record that nearly doubles the only other time representatives earned any 0%. In 2005, five representatives earned a 0%. Between 2006 and 2014, no representatives earned a 0%.

*The 2011/2012 Scorecards were combined in 2012 and we found that there was no practical way to separate out the information from each year without sacrificing data validity.

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Tell your Legislators that you ‘know the score’

One of the best ways to influence the voting records of your elected officials is to communicate regularly with them. If your legislators scored well, it’s important to thank them and to support them. If you feel you weren’t well-represented by your legislators’ votes, it’s important to hold them accountable by letting them know what you think about their votes. The Scorecard is your key to staying informed on your legislators votes and getting in touch with them.

Communicate with the Governor and your Legislators

Whether you’re congratulating them on their score or expressing your disappointment, be direct, courteous and polite.

The most important part is letting them know that you are paying close attention to how they vote or, in the case of the Governor, what actions she takes on legislation that affects our air, land, and water.

Calling your legislator directly and sending letters through regular mail remain by far the most effective ways to communicate with your legislators.

The Governor and Lieutenant Governor can always be contacted at the State Capitol. Except during the legislative session, state legislators should be contacted in their home districts, as listed on the current Legislators page.

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