Former New Mexico senator, Jal cattle rancher and oilman Gregg Fulfer is the state’s newest gambling commissioner.
Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s latest appointment to the commission was announced at the June 17 meeting in Santa Fe.
The former Lea County Commissioner also served on the State Board for Environmental Improvement for 8 years.
He runs Fulfer Oil and Cattle Co. at Jal and Delaware Water Company.
“Oil and gas has taken me down many different paths, (including) recycling produced water for the oil and gas industry,” Fulfer said.
He earned a degree in electrical engineering from New Mexico State University.
As a state legislator representing a corner of southeastern New Mexico from 2018 to 2020, Fulfer supported a law that funded scholarships for engineering and surveying.
He voted against a law that funded Game and Fish to work with the Department of Transportation on a wildlife corridors action plan.
Fulfer also voted against a wildlife trafficking law and a law banning coyote slaying contests.
He supported a forest and watershed restoration law and more funding for city and county law enforcement technology upgrades.
Fulfer said he enjoys fly fishing at a family lodge in Colorado, just north of Chama, New Mexico.
“I look forward to working with everyone,” he said of his appointment to the commission.
The seven-member Game Commission now has two vacancies.
The council establishes the rules for hunting and fishing for the state and oversees the budget of the hunting and fishing department.
This budget is financed by the purchase of hunting and fishing licenses and taxes on equipment.
In recent years, the commission has addressed issues such as access to waterways and the distribution of elk hunting licenses.
Fellow commissioner Deanna Archuleta said Fulfer is a “lovely person who really gets things done”.
The other game commissioners are:
■ Sharon Salazar Hickey – former Los Alamos National Laboratory employee, appointed 2020
■ Roberta Salazar-Henry – former Game and Fish employee, appointed in 2019
■ Tirzio Lopez – Rio Arriba County farmer and former national park ranger, appointed in 2019
■ Deanna Archuleta – Senior Director of Federal Relations at ExxonMobil, appointed February 2022
The next meeting of the commission will take place on July 22 at 9 a.m. in Ruidoso.