Mary Kay Papen
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Mary Kay Papen
Kay Papen
President pro tempore of the New Mexico Senate

January 15, 2013
Timothy Jennings
Member of the New Mexico Senate
from the 38th district

January 2001
Fernando Macias
Personal details
Born (1932-03-19) March 19, 1932 (age 88)
El Paso, Texas, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materNew Mexico State University (BA)
WebsiteState Senate website

Mary Kuper "Kay" Papen (born March 19, 1932)[1][2] is an American politician serving as a member of the New Mexico Senate, representing the 38th District since January 2001.[3][4][5] Papen is president pro tempore of the New Mexico Senate and has led a coalition of Republicans and conservative Democrats who hold leadership positions in the state Senate, despite the body's 26-16 Democratic majority.


Papen has faced criticism for blocking legislation that would allow voters to consider an amendment that would fund early childhood programs using 1% more yearly from the state's $18 million Land Grant Permanent Fund.

In the 2020 election, Papen faced a primary challenge from Carrie Hamblen, the former president of the Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce. In the June 2 Democratic primary, Papen was defeated by Hamblen.[6]


  1. ^ "Sen. Mary Kay Papen (D-NM)". Retrieved 2015.
  2. ^ "Sen. Mary Kay Papen (D-NM 38th District)". Retrieved 2015.
  3. ^ Simonich, Milan (December 5, 2011). "State Sen. Mary Kay Papen to seek re-election". Las Cruces Sun-News. Archived from the original on January 6, 2014.
  4. ^ "Senator Mary Kay Papen - (D)". New Mexico Legislature. Retrieved 2015.
  5. ^ "Mary Papen - Biography". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 2015.
  6. ^ Dunlap, Susan; Reichbach, Matthew (2020-06-04). "State Senators John Arthur Smith, Mary Kay Papen lose in primary". The NM Political Report. Retrieved .

External links

New Mexico Senate
Preceded by
Timothy Jennings
President pro tempore of the New Mexico Senate

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