Laura Montoya was elected Sandoval County Treasurer in 2012. She has been a public servant for more than 17 years, having worked in several capacities in both the New Mexico House of Representatives and the New Mexico Senate.
Montoya got her start in government in 2001, working for a ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee. Following that, Montoya worked as a Constituent Services Representative for U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman. At the time, she was the youngest Latina woman working in that capacity in the United States, managing five counties in Northern New Mexico.
Most relevant to the position of County Treasurer, Montoya served as the Executive Assistant to State Treasurer Douglas M. Brown. In this role, Montoya reviewed and updated the policies in the Treasurer’s office to the state standards. She also worked with the Treasurer’s investment committee and worked directly with tribal government personnel, processing the receipt of revenues from the tribal gaming compacts. Part of her responsibility was to streamline the processes of the Treasurer’s office.
Treasurer Montoya has served as Legislative Chairwoman for the past six years for the Treasurer’s Affiliate. In that capacity she has assisted in the passage of several pieces of legislation that remove tax loop holes; effect efficiency of tax collections; equitability of taxes; assisted our Veterans, Seniors and Disabled; and expanded the permissibility of investments in New Mexico for Class A counties and municipalities in a Class A county.
Montoya’s philosophy is, “As a community, we will grow, as a team, we will progress.”
Laura is currently the only New Mexico county elected official that serves in an appointed leadership position by the NACo President for the past five years and is the only County Treasurer that serves on the New Mexico Tax Policy Committee.
Treasurer Montoya is the chairwoman of the Sandoval Treasurer’s Investment Committee and manages close to $20 million in investments, $50 million in non-property tax revenue and over $1 billion in property taxes charged to the Treasurer to collect.
As the Finance, Pensions & Intergovernmental Affairs Vice-Chair, Treasurer Montoya works on national policy that affects counties as it relates to tax policy and pensions, county and tribal governments and elections. Treasurer Montoya has spoken at a press conference on Capitol Hill to fight for full funding of Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PiLT) and Secure Rural Schools (SRS) and was on a panel with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Congressman Ben Ray Lujan to discuss federal tax policy.
Montoya was born, raised and educated in Las Vegas, New Mexico. She played volleyball, basketball and ran track at Robertson High School and was a member of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and Close-Up, using the nations Capitol as a living classroom.
Laura is proud to be a former Reina de Las Fiestas de Las Vegas.
She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Psychology from New Mexico Highlands University and later earned a Master’s degree in Public Affairs. While at Highlands University, Laura participated in student senate and was Highlands Homecoming Princess. Through a competitive selection process, Laura became the 2003 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar and studied International Relations at the University of Costa Rica.
She dedicated much of her free time to working with programs for children, at-risk youth and families of incarcerated individuals. She has a special affinity for the Corrales Safe Routes to Schools Program, which developed a nationally recognized program at Corrales Elementary and Cottonwood Montessori Schools that focuses on building healthier communities through exercise, health, and strong community relationships.
Laura has a large extended family throughout Northern New Mexico. Laura is the daughter of Michael L. Montoya and Geralyn Montoya of Las Vegas, NM. Mr. Montoya, a rancher all his life and former city councilman of Las Vegas, is a retiree after a 25 year career in the Department of Transportation. Mr Montoya is well-known to many in the community for his service initiatives like cutting wood for the elderly. Mrs. Montoya is a beloved school counselor, educator and union member. Mrs Montoya is the plaintiff who won the right of maternity leave and the right to return to the same job after birth for all New Mexican women at the Supreme Court. Laura says her parents are the inspiration for her career in public service and her platform for everyday New Mexicans.