Matthew McQueen, the incumbent representative for the state House district that includes parts of Bernalillo, Santa Fe, Torrance and Valencia counties, tells us he's not a big fan of the SFR Pop Quiz. Nevertheless, he played along in our time-honored election tradition. Rebecca "Becky" King-Spindle has qualified on the ballot to challenge him for the seat in the Democratic Party primary, but she didn't reply to repeated requests over a week to participate.

The winner moves on to the general election to face Christina L Estrada on the Republican ticket and Jerry Gage, a Libertarian.

Only registered major party candidates can vote in the June 2 primary election, and since health officials encourage voters to ask for absentee ballots by mail, many ballots are already on the way. As always, McQueen promised not to turn to Google, smartphones, companions or any other source besides their own knowledge to answer.

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  1. How many people live in New Mexico’s 50th State House District? 
  2. What are the qualifications for serving in the NM House of Representatives? 
  3. What percentage of the residents are Hispanic? 
  4. How much funding did the governor veto in capital outlay and road infrastructure to boost the ability of the general fund operating reserve to absorb the hits to state revenues because of COVID-19? And name one project that was in your district.
  5. What sector of state operations in the FY 21 Recurring General Fund was appropriated the most money? 
  6. What is a state legislator’s pay in New Mexico? 
  7. Does District 50 intersect with one or more 2016 Pivot Counties?


  1. 29,777 according to the 2010 census
  2. Article 4, Section 3 of the New Mexico Constitution states: “Senators shall not be less than twenty-five years of age and representatives not less than twenty-one years of age at the time of their election. If any senator or representative permanently removes his residence from or maintains no residence in the district from which he was elected, then he shall be deemed to have resigned and his successor shall be selected as provided in Section 4 of this article. No person shall be eligible to serve in the legislature who, at the time of qualifying, holds any office of trust or profit with the state, county or national governments, except notaries public and officers of the militia who receive no salary.”
  3. 33.1%, according to the 2010 census
  4. $150 million
  5. Public schools, $3,467,000, 46%
  6. $161/day (Jan. 15 – Feb. 28), $184/day (Mar. 1 – Mar. 16)
  7. This district is one of 710 state legislative districts that intersects with one or more Pivot Counties. These 206 Pivot Counties voted for Donald Trump in 2016 after voting for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012.

Matthew McQueen

Matthew McQueen, who lives in Galisteo, is a lawyer at Graeser & McQueen and has previously worked for the Santa Fe Conservation Trust, Taos Land Trust, the New Mexico Office of the State Engineer and the New Mexico Court of Appeals. McQueen's issues of focus are raising the minimum wage and better early childhood education and rural healthcare.

  1. The House districts are divided equally. Each House district has roughly 30,000 people.
  2. I don’t know that there are any qualifications other than perhaps being an adult.
  3. It’s a very diverse district, but I don’t know the specific percentages.
  4. I don’t know the number, but it was fairly substantial… There was a whole separate bill for road projects that was vetoed and I had a couple of projects in there for Torrance County and some road paving in Eldorado.
  5. Education.
  6. Zero.
  7. District 50 has parts of four counties. I never heard the Pivot County term before.