Published July 8, 2018
ALBUQUERQUE — Gavin Clarkson, who served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Economic Development — Indian Affairs in President Trump’s Department of the Interior, was nominated for New Mexico secretary of state by his fellow Republicans on Saturday.
Clarkson is an enrolled tribal citizen of the Choctaw Nation.
Clarkson replaces attorney JoHanna Cox, the previous GOP nominee, who withdrew her name from consideration last month, citing family issues. She won the Republican Party’s nomination on June 5, 2018, but withdrew her name from the race on June 13, 2018 after the Albuquerque Journal ran an article disclosing she has had three legal lawsuits filed against her in which she was accused of legal malpractice.
Clarkson lost in the GOP primary on June 5, 2018, coming in third in the 2nd Congressional race. Clarkson resigned his post in the U.S. Interior Department as on December 29th, 2017 to launch his campaign for Congress.
In addition to holding both a BA and an MBA from Rice University, Clarkson is a cum laude graduate of the Harvard Law School where he was president of the Native American Law Students Association, a member of the Federalist Society, and the first tribal member to earn a doctorate from the Harvard Business School.