Q&A: New Mexico Supreme Court Position Two Candidate David K. Thomson

  • NAME: David K. Thomson
  • POLITICAL PARTY: Democratic
  • OCCUPATION: Justice, New Mexico Supreme Court
  • RELEVANT EXPERIENCE: I am a current justice on the New Mexico Supreme Court. Prior to my appointment by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, I served as a trial court judge in the 1st Judicial District covering Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and Los Alamos counties. My docket included on average over 1,000 cases, many involving complex civil litigation. I am on the executive committee of the American Bar Association Judicial Division, Appellate Judges Conference. I have extensive appellate law experience in both state and federal court. I was a federal law clerk and served as a deputy attorney general at the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office. During my time on the New Mexico Supreme Court, I led the effort in discovering and implementing innovative ways to use technology so that our courts could remain open through this pandemic. I also work on access to justice issues and have started a specific program with the New Mexico Bar Association that places minority and disadvantaged law students in externships in our appellate courts so that these students have an equal opportunity for clerkships and are hopefully guided to career in the judiciary.
  • EDUCATION: Santa Fe High School, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, B.A. economics and government, University of Denver College of Law. I have completed training at NYU Appellate Judges School and the National Judicial College General Jurisdiction training.
  • CAMPAIGN WEBSITE: keepjusticethomson.com
  • MAJOR PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT: I was appointed to the New Mexico Supreme Court after a bipartisan panel of lawyers and non-lawyers reviewed my credentials and found me qualified to hold the office. I have real appellate experience both as a judge and as a lawyer. I am proud of my work during this time of COVID to ensure that our public remains safe and the courthouses never closed, and I am proud of my work to improve opportunities for minority and disadvantaged law students.
  • MAJOR PERSONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT: My family. Like thousands of families across this country, my wife and I have worked hard to keep our young daughter safe and maintain some sense of normalcy as we struggle through these difficult times. I will also say, teaching my elementary student from home allows me a refresher on basic math and I am doing pretty well given how long ago it was.

Why are you running and what strengths would you bring to the judiciary?

I was appointed to this position after being deemed qualified by a bipartisan commission. As I have done since my appointment nearly two years ago, I am running so that I can ensure that the courts remain a functioning and trusted part of our democratic system. This is the highest court in the state and the job requires someone with real and tested experience. My strengths, especially in this time of COVID, is my judicial experience, combined with my knowledge of how a court operates and my work as an advocate as well as a neutral. My legal skills and qualifications have been vetted by a bipartisan commission and the Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission. I have used my knowledge of the court system to implement technology fixes and advancements to allow our courts to remain open. For example, I led the way in implementing a uniform virtual platform and practice so that critical arraignments and dangerousness hearings continue by video in order for our citizens to remain safe and that the courthouses remain open. This job, more than ever, demands experience.

Personal background

1. Have you or your business, if you are a business owner, ever been the subject of any state or federal tax liens?


2. Have you ever been involved in a personal or business bankruptcy proceeding?

I have never filed a personal or business bankruptcy. In someone else’s bankruptcy proceeding I was once listed as a possible creditor.

3. Have you ever been arrested for, charged with, or convicted of drunken driving, any misdemeanor or any felony in New Mexico or any other state?