Bealquin “Bill” Gomez was born in Roswell, NM and was raised on his family farm in Hagerman, NM. The youngest of ten children he spent his childhood in the family’s bar, The Gomez. Bill graduated from Hagerman High School and was a State FFA Sentinel while in high School. He then attended the New Mexico Military Institute where he received an associate degree before attending New Mexico State University. He graduated from New Mexico State University in 1971 obtaining a Bachelors and Masters in Agricultural Business and Economics. He returned to work with the Cooperative Extension Service at NMSU in 1974 as a state wide specialist working in marketing and agricultural development for over 27 years.
For over 20 years he provided handbooks and training programs for all New Mexico county elected officials to include County Commissioners, Sheriffs, County Clerks, Treasurers, and Assessors. He also worked with area farmers to get the Mesa Farmers Gin open, and change the state law governing cotton gins to allow them to obtain a full time air quality permit. Over several years he helped organize the Boll Weevil Association for the Mesilla Valley, obtained a million-dollar loan from the federal government and managed to help rid the valley of the pest in just two years. Bill has worked extensively with the New Mexico Wine Industry by conducting the major wine festivals all over the state for 15 years and provided marketing and promotional assistance to the industry thus creating a viable wine industry in the state.
Bill began his career at NMSU by working with the City of Anthony, New Mexico to form the Anthony Sanitation District. He was President of Tierra Del Sol during the development of the San Miguel Alto de Las Flores housing project.
Bill worked with the New Mexico Vine and Wine Society, the New Mexico Alfalfa Hay Growers Association, New Mexico Cotton Growers Association, New Mexico Food Producers and Processors Association, New Mexico Chile Growers Association, the New Mexico Wine Growers Association, and the Western Pecan Growers Association as their Executive Director and presented at their annual conferences. Most recently Bill helped form the Hatch Chile Association and has worked as Executive Director of the Southern Rio Grande Diversified Crop Farmers Association fighting to protect the water rights of all farmers in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of New Mexico for four years prior to his first election in 2014.
Bill has been married to La Mesa native Virginia Montes Gomez and has lived in the Mesilla Valley for close to 50 years. The Gomez’s have two children, Monica and Sabrina Gomez who are both graduates from NMSU.