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Ken Miyagishima

Born: May 15, 1963

Birthplace: Biloxi

Profession: Politician

Nationality: United States

Ken Miyagishima

Date of Birth : May 15, 1963
Birth Place : Biloxi

Kenneth Daniel Gallegos Miyagishima is the current mayor of Las Cruces, New Mexico, first taking office in 2007. Miyagishima was born in Biloxi, Mississippi. 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 Miyagishima began his insurance and financial services business while still in college. In 1992 he became New Mexico’s first American of Japanese descent to be elected to public office. From 1998 through 2000 he was voted “Best County Commissioner” in a local newspaper readers’ poll. Miyagishima’s accomplishments were included in Distinguished Asian-American Political and Governmental Leaders, printed by Greenwood Press. In 2002, he received the Commander’s Award for Public Service from the Department of the Army. Miyagishima won re-election as City Councilman in 2005 running unopposed. Miyagishima is the first American of Japanese and Mexican descent to be elected Mayor of Las Cruces.

Profession


  • Politician

Also known as


  • Mayor Ken Miyagishima
  • Kenneth Daniel Gallegos Miyagishima

Spouse


  • Susana Chaparro

Children


  • Danielle Miyagishima
  • Michael Miyagishima
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