James G. Townsend
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James G. Townsend
James G. Townsend
Minority Leader of the New Mexico House of Representatives

January 15, 2019
Nate Gentry
Member of the New Mexico House of Representatives
from the 54th district

William Gray
Personal details
BornCarlsbad, New Mexico, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
ResidenceArtesia, New Mexico
Alma materNew Mexico State University

James 'Jim' G. Townsend is an American politician, currently serving as a member and Minority Leader of the New Mexico House of Representatives, where he represents the 54th district.[1]

Early life and education

Townsend was born and raised in Carlsbad, New Mexico. He graduated from New Mexico State University.


After graduating from college, Townsend worked several jobs in the energy sector, including as director of Holly Energy Partners, a subsidiary of HollyFrontier, from 2012-2017. Townsend was elected to the New Mexico House of Representatives in 2016 and became Minority Leader at the start of the 2019 legislative session. An opponent of abortion, Townsend voted against House Bill 51, which attempted to repeal an old New Mexico law that makes it a crime to perform an abortion.[2][3]


  1. ^ "Jim Townsend's Biography". Vote Smart. Retrieved 2020.
  2. ^ "Anti-abortion rallies mark second day of legislative session". Santa Fe New Mexican. January 22, 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  3. ^ "James Townsend (New Mexico)". Ballotpedia. Retrieved .

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