Tim Keller

City of Albuquerque

After a successful business career, Tim Keller refocused on tackling the challenges facing Albuquerque and New Mexico. As State Senator, New Mexico State Auditor, and now Mayor of Albuquerque, Tim has challenged the status quo and developed a track record of real impact. Tim became Mayor on Dec. 1, 2017, garnering 62 percent in a non-partisan election.

Previously, Tim was elected twice to the State Senate in one of the most diverse districts in New Mexico, Albuquerque's International District. He served as Majority Whip and passed more bipartisan-sponsored bills than any other member of the Legislature.
In 2014, Tim became one of the youngest State Auditors in the country.

In addition to public service, Tim spent fifteen years in business, working with both Fortune 500 companies and Native American governments. For several years in Cambodia, he ran that nation's first IT social enterprise hiring land mine victims and other disadvantaged persons.

Tim was born and raised in Albuquerque and is an Eagle Scout and Kellogg Foundation Race Equity Fellow. After graduating from St. Pius X High School, he studied Art History at Notre Dame and earned an MBA with honors from Harvard Business School.

A former high school quarterback, he still enjoys the game and even played for Albuquerque’s professional Arena Football team in their season opener. A heavy metal enthusiast, Keller was profiled as the “Metal Mayor” by the New York Times. Tim is also a Dyslexia awareness advocate, having been diagnosed as an adult and re-learning reading skills. He lives in Albuquerque with his wife Liz and their two young children, Jack and Maya.

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