Hal Stratton is a native of Oklahoma and received his B.S. in Geology and J.D. in Law from the University of Oklahoma. In 1978, he was elected to the New Mexico House of Representatives by defeating the House Majority Whip. During his four terms in the New Mexico House, he served on a number of committees, including the Judiciary Committee, where he served as chairman; the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, where he served as vice chairman; and the Transportation and Rules Committees. He was named the American Legislative Exchange Council’s Legislator of the Year in 1981.
In 1986, Mr. Stratton was elected New Mexico’s Attorney General—the only Republican to serve in that position since 1930. As Attorney General, Mr. Stratton brought suits against public sector unions to enjoin public sector collective bargaining, constitutionally challenged the New Mexico Legislative Retirement System and brought actions against government employees serving in the legislature and against those who were double dipping into the state’s public employee retirement system. While serving as Attorney General, Mr. Stratton successfully argued the case of Cotton Petroleum v. State of New Mexico before the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the state. In 1988 he was named the National Right to Work Committees Statesman of the Year.
In 2000, Mr. Stratton founded the Rio Grande Foundation, a 501(c)(3) and New Mexico’s leading, free market economic think tank. He now is a member of the board of directors of the organization.
In 2002, Mr. Stratton was appointed by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission where he served for four years.
Hal has served as an adjunct professor of law at George Mason University School of Law where, in 2008, he created a course on state attorneys general and multistate litigation and regulation. He is a member of the board of litigation for the Mountain States Legal Foundation, a member of the Washington Legal Foundation Legal Policy Board and a member of U.S. Commission on Civil Rights New Mexico State Advisory Committee.
While in the private practice of law, Mr. Stratton has handled and litigated numerous matters involving oil and gas, federal and state grazing lease and condemnation rights, oil and gas tax and royalty valuation, asbestos landfill siting and matters with the Office of Aircraft Safety (now the National Business Center Aviation Management), among others. He has also handled a number of matters involving American Indian tribes. He currently is a shareholder with the regional law firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schrek assigned to their Albuquerque and Washington, D.C. offices.
Mr. Stratton is a Distinguished Military Graduate, served on active duty in the U.S. Army, and is a registered member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. He lives in Albuquerque with his wife, Theresa and daughters Alexandra and Claire.