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ENMU grad director of attorney general's litigation division

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Scott Fuqua, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science and speech communication from Eastern New Mexico University in 1997, is director of the litigation division of the Attorney General’s office in Santa Fe.

Fuqua has a strong connection to Eastern: his parents and brother all graduated from the university.

His father worked at ENMU for 25 years, starting in alumni relations, then as director of admissions and finally as the registrar. Fuqua’s mother worked in the math department and student academic services before becoming a public school teacher.

“I think it’s fair to say that ENMU is deeply embedded in my family,” said Fuqua, who received several scholarships while attending the university, including a presidential and debate scholarship.

“I often reflect on my time in Portales, both at ENMU and before that. Because my parents worked at the university for most of my life, I kind of grew up on and around the campus,” explained the former ENMU debate team participant, who traveled with the group on most weekends between October and April for four years.

“I have a lot of great memories connected both to the university and to the people who were there when I was. I’m always proud to tell people that I’m from Portales and that I’m an ENMU graduate.”

Fuqua was born in Portales and lived there until he graduated from ENMU. He “liked the closeness of a small town, and I made some very good friends while I was there,” he said.

“People often complain about there not being anything to do in Portales, but I learned at a pretty young age that how much you enjoy yourself depends a lot less on what you’re doing than it does on who you are doing it with. My parents did an outstanding job with me and my brother.”

Fuqua’s first job growing up was at Taco Box, as well as doing construction work in Portales during the summertime.

The baseball fan knew he wanted to be a lawyer since he was in high school. He graduated from law school at the University of Chicago, became a law clerk for the Honorable Pamela B. Minzner, then a justice on the New Mexico Supreme Court, and worked in the litigation section of the Dallas office of Vinson & Elkins for five years.

After working in Dallas, Fuqua was ready to make a career move.

“My division handles all of the state’s litigation with the exception of tort cases. My division also handles administrative prosecutions for nearly every professional licensing board in New Mexico. I both supervise the Division and handle my own caseload,” he said.

“Working for the attorney general has been just about the best job I could imagine. The cases I manage are interesting, and many of them have real consequences for New Mexico and its citizens,” he said.

“I’ve also always been interested in politics because I see public office as the best way I can help my home state. I’ve got tremendous affinity for New Mexico, and I hope to someday soon have the privilege of holding statewide office.”

Fuqua’s career goals include the intent to run for attorney general “when the best opportunity to do so presents itself,” he said.