Judge Katherine Wray was appointed to the New Mexico Court of Appeals in September 2021 by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham. Prior to her appointment, Katherine handled appeals and civil trials, as well as assisting the Second Judicial District Court Criminal Division judges as a contract staff attorney. Katherine volunteered for multiple rules committees and taught legal writing to first-year law students as a visiting professor. Katherine must now run in the 2022 election to keep her seat on the New Mexico Court of Appeals.
Katherine and her husband Taylor have made New Mexico their home for the last 17 years and are raising their two boys in Albuquerque. Katherine was born in Hawai’i, traveled the world as a Navy brat, and returned to Honolulu for high school, where she met Taylor.
Katherine earned a B.F.A. in stage management from Pennsylvania State University in 1999. After working in professional theater, Katherine began her New Mexico life at the University of New Mexico School of Law. Following law school, Katherine clerked for the Hon. Celia Foy Castillo on the New Mexico Court of Appeals and the Hon. Christina Armijo on the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico.
Katherine is utilizing public financing under the NM Voter Action Act to ensure fair and ethical elections by taking big-money out of judicial campaigns.