Since childhood, his life has been rooted in common sense, conservation, and agriculture. His mother, Betty Jo, was a physical education teacher and instilled a healthy lifestyle in Aubrey and his brother and sister, which included clean water, herbicide-free fresh produce, and chemical-free poultry and beef.
These valuable lessons learned early on have inspired Aubrey’s lifelong record of protecting at-risk lands, forest, and water resources, and wildlife habitat.
Aubrey’s dad, Aubrey Dunn Sr., a native of Alamogordo, had a life of public service serving the citizens of New Mexico.
Aubrey is a 1974 graduate of Alamogordo High School, then attended Colorado State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science.
Aubrey’s keen business sense led him to the banking industry where he worked for 25 years. He began his career as a crop inspector and retired from banking after serving as CEO and President of First Federal Bank of New Mexico.
His common sense approach to business has enabled him to implement procedures to improve business process, leading to quality improvements, cost reductions, and an increase in productivity – all exactly what Washington needs.
He is also a cattle rancher and has owned and renovated 13 ranches throughout his life. He now owns and operates the Gran Quivira Ranch between Mountainair and Corona.
Elected as New Mexico Land Commissioner in 2015, Aubrey earned record revenues for the state land trust, which supports public education, created economic growth, conserved vast natural resources, and greatly improved customer service standards. He fought against federal government overreach and its blatant disregard for state’s rights and individual liberties.
As Land Commissioner, Dunn served as a member of the Western States Land Commissioners Association, which consists of 23 states that together manage 447 million acres of surface estate, minerals properties, and land beneath navigable waterways, all held in trust for public education in members’ respective states. As NM Land Commissioner, he served on a number of boards, including the New Mexico State Investment Council, Youth Conservation Corps, Capital Building Planning Commission, Coal Surface Mining Commission, Mining Commission, Oil Conservation Commission, Office of Interstate Natural Gas Markets, Natural Lands Protection Act Committee, and Rangeland Protection Advisory Committee.
A dedicated public servant, Aubrey serves on the Board of Directors of the New Mexico Coalition of Conservation Districts and is a district supervisor and past chairman of the Chaves County Soil and Water Conservation District. He is a past board member of the New Mexico Farm Credit Association, Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce, Roswell Chamber of Commerce, and the New Mexico Banker’s Association.
Aubrey and Robin, his wife of 43 years, have three children, A. Blair Dunn, an attorney; Dr. Jamie Dunn Cole, an optometrist; and Jed Dunn, a soil specialist with the National Resources Conservation Service; as well as three granddaughters Harper, Amelia and Alannah.