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Ex-Lt. Gov. John Sanchez tabbed to lead White House initiative

Former New Mexico Lt. Gov. John Sanchez, shown presiding over a joint session of the House and Senate in 2010, was recently tabbed to lead a White House Hispanic Prosperity Initiative. (Eddie Moore/Journal)

SANTA FE — Former Lt. Gov. John Sanchez has re-emerged on the political stage.

New Mexico’s former second-in-command will lead a new Hispanic Prosperity Initiative, after appearing at a White House news conference last week with President Donald Trump.

Sanchez, a Republican, spoke during the news conference about growing up in poverty and using cardboard boxes to reinforce the soles of his shoes.

“Today, I have lived the American Dream,” Sanchez said, according to a White House transcript of the event. “I look at my brand-new black shoes. That’s the American Dream.”

Under an executive order signed by Trump, the Hispanic Prosperity Initiative includes an advisory commission within the U.S. Department of Education that’s tasked with identifying job opportunities and educational options for Hispanic students, including internships and apprenticeships.

Sanchez, who owns an Albuquerque roofing company, was lieutenant governor from 2011 through 2018 under former Gov. Susana Martinez.

He has not run for office since his second term as lieutenant governor ended, though he has been mentioned as a possible GOP candidate in future elections.


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