James R. Baca (born September 6, 1945) is an American politician from New Mexico. A member of the Democratic Party, Baca served twice as New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands from 1983 to 1987 and from 1991 to 1993 and as mayor of Albuquerque from 1997 to 2001. In 1993, Baca was appointed Director of the Bureau of Land Management in the administration of Bill Clinton, but was fired the next year amidst tensions with U.S. interior secretary Bruce Babbitt and Western state governors.

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  • James R. Baca (born September 6, 1945) is an American politician from New Mexico. A member of the Democratic Party, Baca served twice as New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands from 1983 to 1987 and from 1991 to 1993 and as mayor of Albuquerque from 1997 to 2001. In 1993, Baca was appointed Director of the Bureau of Land Management in the administration of Bill Clinton, but was fired the next year amidst tensions with U.S. interior secretary Bruce Babbitt and Western state governors. Baca had run unsuccessfully for mayor of Albuquerque and the U.S. House in 1985 and 1988, respectively. He challenged incumbent Gov. Bruce King in the 1994 Democratic gubernatorial primary, but came third behind King and Lt. Gov. Casey Luna. He was elected mayor of Albuquerque in 1997, but in his re-election bid he finished a distant fourth place in the 2001 mayoral election, won by his predecessor Martin Chávez. He ran to reclaim his previous position as Public Lands Commissioner in 2006, narrowly winning the Democratic primary against Ray Powell (who had succeeded him in that office in 1993), but losing the general election to incumbent Republican Lands Commissioner Patrick H. Lyons. He then served as state Natural Resource Trustee until his retirement in 2009. (en)
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  • James R. Baca (born September 6, 1945) is an American politician from New Mexico. A member of the Democratic Party, Baca served twice as New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands from 1983 to 1987 and from 1991 to 1993 and as mayor of Albuquerque from 1997 to 2001. In 1993, Baca was appointed Director of the Bureau of Land Management in the administration of Bill Clinton, but was fired the next year amidst tensions with U.S. interior secretary Bruce Babbitt and Western state governors. (en)
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