Growing up in Las Cruces, Xochitl Torres Small learned the New Mexico values of hard work, grit, and a commitment to make Southern New Mexico a better home for all its residents. While her family never had a lot of money, Xochitl learned that through hard work and a good education she could not only succeed, but also give back to the community that made her success possible. After working her way through college, Xochitl graduated Cum Laude from Georgetown University in just three years. Armed with a college degree, Xochitl returned home to Las Cruces to help the place that has given her so much. As a Field Representative for Senator Udall, Xochitl worked to increase cell phone service, broadband, and other communication lines in rural New Mexico. As a judicial law clerk for a federal judge, the Honorable Robert C. Brack, Xochitl worked on one of the heaviest criminal dockets in the country. Xochitl saw firsthand the personal costs and financial burden our nation bears because of its broken immigration system. Growing up in the desert, Xochitl knows that our jobs and our future depend on protecting our water. Now, as an attorney at Kemp Smith LLP, Xochitl works with local governments, farmers, developers, and conservationists to best use this shared resource. Xochitl also volunteers at a homeless shelter, where she gives free counsel to the homeless.Xochitl understands that tackling our biggest problems requires bringing New Mexicans of all backgrounds together around shared values and commonsense solutions.
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