2014 Flynn Confirmation of Ryan Flynn as Secretary of the Environment Department

CVNM Position:
CVNM Priority Vote
Effective Government
Legislative Info:
Flynn on nmlegis.gov »


Since he joined the Environment Department, Flynn has shown a flagrant disregard for best practices, competent management, transparency and the rule of law. Among many other concerns: 1) Flynn allowed a giant mining company to ghost-write a new rule (and the arguments in support of it) on behalf of the Environment Department. Worse, the mining company was a client of Flynn’s law firm when he was in private practice; 2) Flynn hired a new general counsel for the Environment Department who graduated from law school less than 2 years ago—clearly lacking the experience or expertise to perform the duties required of the position; and 3) Flynn led the effort to re-assign agency experts and bureau chiefs from their areas of expertise to new roles for which they had little or no experience. For example, the long-time regulator of WIPP was reassigned to food safety, the long-time head of Air Quality was reassigned to Occupational Health & Safety, and the long-time surface water quality expert was reassigned to Underground Storage Tanks. It was a cynical move to undermine the effectiveness of NMED and drive down morale. Unfortunately, it worked.


Ryan Flynn's confirmation as Secretary of the New Mexico Environment Department passed 30-11 on the Senate floor.

How Legislators Voted on Flynn

  • = Pro Conservation Vote
  • = Anti Conservation Vote
  • A = Absent
  • E = Excused
  • R = Recused
  • W = Abstain
Legislator Party District Office Conservation
Beffort, Sue Wilson (R) R 19 Senator 2014
Brandt, Craig W. (R) R 40 Senator 2014
Burt, William F. (R) R 33 Senator 2014
Campos, Pete (D) D 8 Senator 2014
Candelaria, Jacob R. (D) D 26 Senator 2014
Cervantes, Joseph (D) D 31 Senator 2014
Cisneros, Carlos R. (D) D 6 Senator 2014
Cotter, Lee (R) R 36 Senator 2014
Griego, Phil A. (D) D 39 Senator 2014
Griggs, Ron (R) R 34 Senator 2014
Ingle, Stuart (R) R 27 Senator 2014
Ivey-Soto, Daniel A. (D) D 15 Senator 2014
Keller, Timothy M. (D) D 17 Senator 2014
Kernan, Gay G. (R) R 42 Senator 2014
Leavell, Carroll H. (R) R 41 Senator 2014
Lopez, Linda M. (D) D 11 Senator 2014
Martinez, Richard C. (D) D 5 Senator 2014
McSorley, Cisco (D) D 16 Senator 2014
Moores, Mark (R) R 21 Senator 2014
Morales, Howie C. (D) D 28 Senator 2014
Munoz, George K. (D) D 4 Senator 2014
Neville, Steven P. (R) R 2 Senator 2014
O'Neill, Bill B. (D) D 13 Senator 2014
Ortiz y Pino, Gerald (D) D 12 Senator 2014
Padilla, Michael (D) D 14 Senator 2014
Papen, Mary Kay (D) D 38 Senator 2014
Payne, William H. (R) R 20 Senator 2014
Pinto, John (D) D 3 Senator A 2014
Pirtle, Cliff R. (R) R 32 Senator 2014
Rodriguez, Nancy (D) D 24 Senator 2014
Rue, Sander (R) R 23 Senator 2014
Ryan, John (R) R 10 Senator 2014
Sanchez, Clemente (D) D 30 Senator 2014
Sanchez, Michael (D) D 29 Senator 2014
Sapien, John M. (D) D 9 Senator 2014
Sharer, William E. (R) R 1 Senator 2014
Shendo Jr., Benny (D) D 22 Senator 2014
Smith, John Arthur (D) D 35 Senator 2014
Soules, William P. (D) D 37 Senator 2014
Torraco, Lisa (R) R 18 Senator 2014
Wirth, Peter (D) D 25 Senator 2014
Woods, Pat (R) R 7 Senator 2014