Gary Johnson has been an outspoken advocate for efficient government, balanced budgets, rational drug policy reform, protection of civil liberties, comprehensive tax reform, and personal freedom.
Gary Johnson announced his gubernatorial run under a "common sense business approach"1994
Gary Johnson elected governor of New Mexico, beating incumbent 50% to 40%
Governor Johnson set state and national records by vetoing 200 bills out of the 424 that were passed by the Legislature1995
Ran for re-election against Democratic Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chavez1998
Won reelection by a 45% to 55% margin despite a 2-1 Democrat majority
Term-Limited, Governor Johnson finished his second term as a Governor2002
- Left office with New Mexico as one of the only four states in the country with a balanced budget
- Left New Mexico with a budget surplus
- Used Line Item Veto thousands of times to trim the budget
- Vetoed 750 bills during his time in office; more than all other governors combined
- Cut over 1,200 government jobs without firing anyone
- Created more than 20,000 new jobs
- First New Mexico Governor to challenge education status quo and propose statewide voucher program
- Restored State General Fund reserves to more than $222 million from a low of $28.1 million
- Limited annual state budget growth to 5.0% during eight years in office
- Cut taxes 14 times while never raising them—a first for New Mexico
- Vetoed 32% of the total number of bills submitted for his signature
Gary's Principles of Good Government
Become reality driven.
Don't kid yourself or others. Find out what's what and base your decisions and actions on that.
Always be honest and tell the truth.
It's extremely difficult to do any damage to anybody when you are willing to tell the truth—regardless of the consequences.
Always do what's right and fair.
Remember, the more you actually accomplish, the louder your critics become. You've got to learn to ignore your critics. You've got to continue to do what you think is right. You've got to maintain your integrity.
Determine your goal, develop a plan to reach that goal, and then act.
Make sure everybody who ought to know what you're doing knows what you're doing.
Don't hesitate to deliver bad news.
There is always time to salvage things. There is always time to fix things. Henry Kissinger said that anything that can be revealed eventually should be revealed immediately.
Be willing to do whatever it takes to get your job done.
If you've got a job that you don't love enough to do what it takes to get your job done, then quit and get one that you do love, and then make a difference.