Mike Runnels

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Mike Runnels
24th Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico
In office
January 1, 1983 – January 1, 1987
GovernorToney Anaya
Preceded byRoberto Mondragón
Succeeded byJack L. Stahl
Personal details
Born(1945-09-11)September 11, 1945
Magnolia, Arkansas
DiedFebruary 5, 2015(2015-02-05) (aged 69)
Ruidoso, New Mexico
Political partyDemocratic

Michael L. "Mike" Runnels (September 11, 1945 – February 5, 2015) was an American politician and lawyer.

Born in Magnolia, Arkansas to Harold and Dorothy Runnels, he grew up in Lovington, New Mexico and graduated from Lovington High School. He received his bachelor's degree Colorado College and then went to the University of Texas. Runnels then went to University of Texas School of Law and received his law degree. Runnels served on the Santa Fe, New Mexico City Council from 1976 to 1980 and then served as district attorney from 1993 to 2000. He ran unsuccessfully in 1986 and 2000 for his father's Congressional seat. From 1983 to 1987, Runnels served as lieutenant governor of New Mexico and was a Democrat. Runnels died at his home in Ruidoso, New Mexico.[1][2]


  1. ^ Baker, Deborah (6 February 2015). "Former Lt. Gov. Mike Runnels dies". Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
  2. ^ Michael L. "Mike" Runnels
Political offices
Preceded by
Roberto Mondragón
Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico
Succeeded by
Jack L. Stahl