Kenneth Daniel Gallegos Miyagishima was born in Biloxi, Mississippi in 1963. He is of both Japanese and Mexican descent. He has lived in Las Cruces since 1971. He attended public schools and in 1985 graduated from New Mexico State University with degrees in finance and real estate. In 1984 – while still attending NMSU – Ken began his insurance and financial services business, which he still owns today. Ken has one child - Danielle.
Ken has achieved many milestones in his distinguished career in public service:
1992 – Became New Mexico’s first American of Japanese descent to be elected to public office.
2001- Following his election to City Council, Ken became one of only a handful of officials ever elected to both the Las Cruces City Council and Doña Ana Board of County Commissioners.
2002 – Ken’s accomplishments were included in the book, Distinguished Asian-American Political and Governmental Leaders, printed by Greenwood Press.
2005 - Ken has won two different general elections while running “unopposed,” with the other election being November 1992.
2007 – Graduated: FBI Citizen’s Academy, Las Cruces Resident Agency
2007 – Following his election as Mayor, Ken became only the second person in Dõna Ana County's history to have been elected both: Chairman of the Dõna Ana County Commission and the Mayor of Las Cruces.
Las Cruces High School. Diploma, May 1981
New Mexico State University, BBA Degree, May 1985
Degrees: Finance & Real Estate
Metro Narcotics Board of Supervisors
Rio Grande Council of Governments
South Central Solid Waste Authority
Las Cruces Business Forum
U.S.-Mexico Border Mayors Association
U.S. Conference of Mayors
Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce
Hispano Chamber of Commerce
Green Chamber of Commerce
2012 - Present · Vice-Chair. Finance, Taxation Committee-NMML
2011 - Present · Re-elected Mayor of Las Cruces
2011 - Present · Board of Advisors-U.S. Conference of Mayors
2011 - Present · Member, U.S.-Mexico Border Mayors Association
2007 - 2011 · Elected Mayor of Las Cruces
2009 - Present · Chairman, (2010), Chief Elected Officials Region 4,
Southwest Area Workforce Development Board
2001 - 2007 · Councillor, District 6, City of Las Cruces
2004 - Chairman, City of Las Cruces Public Safety Committee
1996 - 1999 · Chairman, NM Association of Counties Insurance Authority
1997 - 1998 · President, Rio Grande Council of Government
1995, 1997 · Chairman, Doña Ana County Board of Commissioners
1992 - 2000 · Commissioner, Doña Ana County Board of Commissioners
1985 - Present · Small business owner (five employees)
2011 · Champions of Change, The White House, Washington D.C.
2002 · Commander’s Award for Public Service, Department of the Army
2000 · Voted “Best County Commissioner” in readers’ poll
1999 · Voted “Best County Commissioner” in readers’ poll
1998 · Voted “Best County Commissioner” in readers’ poll