Born and raised in Farmington, Rod has been married to his wife, Pearl, for 29 years. Rod and Pearl have been blessed to raise four sons here and are now blessed again as grandparents of three beautiful grandchildren.
For the past 30 years, Rod has been a part of the local workforce and small business community, including 28 years at the coal mines. Oil and Gas Production along with Coal Mining and the Power Plants are the bedrock extractive industries that San Juan County is built on. Rod is committed to fight for the long term viability of our energy industries as well as the high paying jobs that come from energy production.
Rod and Pearl have been very involved in their community – “Navajo Ministries Inc. (KNMI radio), Daily Bread, the Farmington Amateur Baseball Congress, the Farmington Boys & Girls Club, Trinity Assembly of God Church (now the Oasis) and Pinon Hills Community Church are some of the places where my wife and I have volunteered our time, raised our family, and are a few of the organizations that make this community special to us. This is more than politics for me – it’s about our way of life”.
Rod’s experience and leadership within the Republican Party has spanned nearly a decade – In 2011, Rod served as Chief of Staff for Lieutenant Governor John Sanchez; in 2010 he led Lt. Governor Elect Sanchez’s transition team; in 2009 Rod was elected to be the 2nd Vice-Chairman for the New Mexico Republican Party after his friend and mentor, Congressman Steve Pearce nominated him for the job; in 2007 & 2009 Rod was twice elected to serve as San Juan County GOP Chairman; and in 2004 he had the special privilege to serve as a member of the Electoral College – Rod was selected to be an Elector for the State of New Mexico by the New Mexico Republican Party.
Rod is a well-established conservative voice in New Mexico politics and has always been transparent in his public life. “I won’t compromise on the values we hold most dear”.