About Senator Cotter


Lee Cotter moved to Las Cruces in 1969. When he was younger, he participated in the Las Cruces United Presbyterian Church and the Boy Scouts of America attaining the life badge before becoming an active Explorer Scout. He graduated from Las Cruces High School in 1972 and attended New Mexico State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering.

Lee is a 1st generation contractor and a 2nd generation college graduate. He has been a local businessman for more than 25 years in construction and real estate investment. He started his business career early by delivering newspapers daily after school. At 19, Lee earned a contractor’s license and while putting himself through college, began his real estate investment career by building numerous houses and apartment buildings in Las Cruces.

After graduating from NMSU, Lee Cotter worked in the oil and gas industry for over 10 years. After completing a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Arizona in 1991, he returned to Las Cruces to expand and manage his real estate investment activities.

Lee Cotter was appointed to the Rio Grande Natural Gas Association Board of Directors where he served for almost 8 years. During his tenure, the board helped provide affordable natural gas to the people of Las Cruces, Dona Ana County, and Hatch.

After working for the New Mexico State Senate for three years as an analyst reading proposed laws, Lee Cotter decided to expand his service to the community as a member of the New Mexico State Senate. He wants to return prosperity to New Mexicans through lower taxes, careful defense of individual property rights, pro-business postures, reducing unnecessary regulation and returning individual choice back to citizens.