“Freight railroads play an important role in the economic development of New Mexico – investing over $725 million since 2010. These private infrastructure investments are critical to the future development of our state’s natural resources and they support major industries like agriculture, mining, utilities, and oil.”

A strong advocate of grassroots politics, James Strickler has been very active in politics for the past 30 years. He has served as a precinct chairman, party vice chair, and state delegate, in Texas and New Mexico. In November 2006, Strickler was elected to the New Mexico House of Representatives, where he currently serves on the Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee as well as the Ways and Means Committee. He was re-elected in November 2014 and is serving a fifth two-year term.

Strickler is President of JMJ Land and Minerals Co. (JMJ), an independent oil & gas producer involved in the promotion of drilling deals in the San Juan Basin, as well as actively acquiring oil and gas leases, minerals and royalties. Raised in Austin, Texas, he earned a BBA in Petroleum Land Management at the University of Texas.

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