Elected in 2014, Timothy Keller became one of the youngest State Auditors in the country. He is focused on making government work better by providing transparency and accountability for all tax dollars spent in New Mexico. As Auditor he created New Mexico’s first Government Accountability Office (GAO) and has pushed the office to the forefront of the state’s most critical issues.
Responsible for financial oversight of over 900 state and local governments, Auditor Keller has championed a broad range of transparency efforts from the $billions in idle infrastructure funds, to fraudulent actions by government officials, and the rape kit backlog. He has also worked to improve the state’s annual audit performance: cutting the “At Risk” list in half, helping over 40 rural governments come into compliance, and conducting dozens of special audits on fraud, waste and abuse.
Previous to his role as State Auditor, Tim was elected twice to the State Senate in one of the most diverse districts in New Mexico, encompassing Albuquerque’s International District. He rose to the position of Majority Whip and introduced over 100 measures, successfully passing 30 pieces of primary sponsored legislation including reforming the Public Regulation Commission, tax incentive reform, and in state business preference to create local jobs.
In addition to his public service, Tim spent fifteen years in the private sector, starting with fortune 500 companies and most recently helping Native American government financial operations. He also lived three years in Cambodia where he ran the nation's first IT social enterprise focused on hiring land mine victims and other disadvantaged persons.
Tim was born and raised in Albuquerque, attended St. Pius X High School, the University of Notre Dame and earned an MBA with honors from the Harvard Business School. He is an Eagle Scout, Toll Legislative Leadership Fellow, and Kellogg Foundation Race Equity Fellow. He lives in Albuquerque with his wife, Elizabeth and their kids Maya and Jack.