Gavin Clarkson: Energy to Empower New Mexico


Disgusted by what he saw inside the bowels of the bureaucracy in Washington, D.C., Dr. Gavin Clarkson knew the only way to stop the swamp and protect New Mexico was to run for Congress where he can use his vast real life experiences outside of politics to enact conservative changes legislatively.

Dr. Gavin Clarkson, an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation, earned his MBA from Rice University and his Doctorate in Technology and Operations Management from the Harvard Business School. While in Boston, he also chaired the board of a pro-life crisis pregnancy center and graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School where he was a member of the Federalist Society and served as president of the Native American Law Students Association.

Named the nation’s “leading scholar in tribal finance” by The Financial Times, Dr. Clarkson has been cited by Bloomberg, the Wall Street Journal, and USA Today on matters of tribal finance and economic development, subjects he has taught as a professor at the University of Michigan, the University of Houston, and now at New Mexico State University where he is currently on a leave of absence.

Most recently, Dr. Clarkson served in the Department of the Interior under President Trump as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Policy and Economic Development – Indian Affairs. In that position, he managed the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development and the Office of Self-Governance.

Dr. Clarkson is a member of the Federalist Society, the Southwest Coalition for Life, and is a lifetime member of both the National Rifle Association and the American Indian Science and Engineering Society.

Gavin has one son, is a member of the Baptist church, and is a former national Country Western Dance champion.