Carrie Hamblen

New Mexico State Senate, District 38

Carrie was the first out queer State Senator from Southern New Mexico!


Carrie Hamblen is originally from El Paso, Texas where she attended the University of Texas at El Paso. In 1992, she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism from UTEP. She earned a Master’s Degree in Communication Studies in 1995 and a Masters of Public Administration from NMSU in 2014. She began working as a student employee at KRWG, the NPR affiliate at NMSU, in 1992 and was promoted to
Operations Manager in 1997. For 16 years, Carrie has served on the Board of Directors for the Las Cruces chapter of Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) where she oversaw the creation of the Emily Cohen Endowment, a doubling in chapter membership, and several years of successful fundraising. She as President from 2009 to 2016. Additionally, Carrie served as Co-Chair of the Southern New Mexico PRIDE Board of Directors for 5 years, leading an outstanding group of volunteers in creating the second-largest gay pride celebration in the state. In 2012, Carrie became the CEO/President of the Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce, an organization that focuses on creating support for local businesses and creating more awareness about sustainable communities. Carrie serves as the liaison between the Green Chamber and private, nonprofit, and governmental entities. The Las Cruces Green Chamber has been a strong advocate for protecting open spaces, tourism, and local businesses. In 2020,
Carrie was elected to serve as State Senator for District 38 and is the Vice Chair of the Tax, Business, and Transportation Committee, a member of the Conservation Committee, and Chair of the Economic and Rural Development and Policy Committee in the interim.