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New Mexico House 1st District

District profile:
In Albuquerque in 1975, Bill Gates founded a little company called Micro-Soft in the 1st District. But the software maker moved its 16 employees to Seattle in 1979.
2004 results: Republican Heather Wilson defeated Democrat Richard Romero 54 percent to 46 percent.



Elected in 1998; seeking fifth term; Wilson was unopposed in the primary.

Official Web site

  • Born: Dec. 30, 1960.
  • Family: Married (Jay Hone); three children.
  • Education: Oxford University, Ph.D. 1985, M.A. 1984; U.S. Air Force Academy, B.S. 1982.
  • Professional: Defense policy consultant.
  • Military: Air Force, 1978-1989.


Madrid, the state attorney general, was unopposed in the primary.

Campaign Web site

  • Born: Sept. 25, 1946.
  • Family: Married (L. Michael Messina); one child.
  • Education: University of New Mexico, J.D., B.A.
  • Professional: State attorney general.
  • Military: None.