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Susana Martinez was elected governor of New Mexico in 2010, making her the first Latina governor in U.S. history. She was the longtime District Attorney in southern New Mexico, is married to a 30-year law-enforcement officer, and is the stepmother of a Navy veteran. Martinez burst on to the national scene with a great convention address this summer, telling the story of her immigrant parents starting a security business with $400, where she worked guarding the parking lots at bingo games with a .357 Magnum.
Recently, Martinez said Republicans need to fundamentally change their strategy for Latino outreach. Count on Martinez to be at the center of the looming immigration reform debate. If Republicans in Washington are smart, they’ll listen to her.