Gavin Clarkson is the son of two parents of the Choctaw Nation and is the only tribal member to be running statewide in New Mexico. He has his doctorate in technology and operations from Harvard Business school. He most recently served in the White House as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Policy & Economic Development—Indian Affairs. Clarkson is solidly pro-life and was a board member of a pregnancy care center in Boston. Clarkson is also a member of the Southwest Coalition for Life.