Meet John Wertheim
For John Wertheim, it is so much more than the stunning landscape and beautiful weather that make New Mexico his home. It is our people and our diverse cultures that make New Mexico a unique and vibrant place to live, work, and prosper from generation to generation.
Every New Mexican deserves the economic opportunity to build a successful life here. With a deep commitment to the people of New Mexico and community values, John Wertheim can utilize his personal and professional strengths in the elected Office of the State Treasurer to foster economic opportunity for more New Mexicans.
New Mexico Roots That Run Deep
Born and raised in Santa Fe, John Wertheim comes from a long line of New Mexicans. With family history dating back to the 1800s, John Wertheim is deeply connected to many regions of New Mexico.
John’s early life was spent immersed in diverse communities throughout the state. His mother was raised in the Four Corners area, while his father was raised in a ranching community in eastern New Mexico. His grandfather had ranches along the Pecos River near Fort Sumner and Santa Rosa, ranches that his family still works.
Because of his deep ties to the ranching community, John has always held the values of reciprocity and community in high esteem. Ranching taught John that you always help neighbors in need, no matter what. This is because in a community, individuals need each other to succeed and prosper.
Over the years, the Wertheims have become known for their generous spirit and a steadfast commitment to their communities. John’s great Uncle Herman Wertheim, who was the postmaster in the village of Doña Ana near Las Cruces, had a street named after him to honor his memory.
Traveling the sweeping landscapes of New Mexico in his youth, John became inspired by the different people and cultures nestled throughout the Land of Enchantment. Shaped by his family legacy of community spirit and stewardship, John became certain that he wanted to spend his life helping other New Mexicans.
The Call to Serve
After graduating from Yale University in 1990, John Wertheim returned to the Land of Enchantment to attend the University of New Mexico Law School. Driven by a passionate resolve to lend a hand to those in need, John became a lawyer and continues to defend the rights of victimized New Mexicans – especially those who have unjustly lost money. John specializes in securities and investment fraud, and providing legal representation for New Mexico’s working families who have been wronged by big corporations.
John served as a Special Assistant to NM Attorney General Patricia Madrid in the mid 2000’s. Representing the New Mexico State Investment Council (SIC) and Educational Retirement Board (ERB), John helped Attorney General Madrid recover tens of millions of dollars that had been lost to securities fraud in both the WorldCom and AOL-Time Warner scandals. These recovered funds helped protect New Mexico’s investment in education and the retirements of teachers and school workers throughout the state.
An active member in the New Mexico community, John’s accomplishments and achievements reflect 20 years of personal investment in the well-being of New Mexico’s people. He has successfully pushed for more state investment in roads and bridges, managed campaigns for influential leaders like Governor Bruce King and President Bill Clinton, and managed and served as the Chairman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico.
A strong advocate for progressive economic policy, John and his brother, Todd, received the Muchas Gracias Award from the City of Santa Fe for defending the constitutionality of the Living Wage Ordinance. Inspired by measures in other cities with higher-than-average costs of living, the ordinance continues to ensure that the minimum wage is balanced with the cost of living in Santa Fe, making it easier for minimum-wage earners to support their families. Motivated by a dedication to helping New Mexicans access economic opportunity, John has also received the New Mexico House Speaker Ken Martinez Award for Volunteerism.
John Wertheim is an avid runner, hiker, self-proclaimed “math geek”, and conservation advocate. He has worked to protect New Mexico’s air, land, and water as a member of the board of the Conservation Voters of New Mexico. But, his greatest strength is found in his service to the people of New Mexico. A proud New Mexican, John is committed to doing everything he can to help New Mexico grow and prosper. He lives in Albuquerque with his wife Bianca Ortiz Wertheim, originally from Nambé, and two dogs Morpheus and Horton.