Chandler has been farming for more than 50 years. He is a multi-generational farmer as he and his son Colin are partners in a farming business that Chandler’s father began in 1965. He grows corn, cotton, hay, wheatlage, grain sorghum and peanuts and pastures cattle. Chandler has a diverse background working in greenhouses, as a welder, teacher and university grounds director; in addition to his career in farming. He attended Eastern New Mexico University.
Chandler is active in agricultural and community organizations. He is an officer on the New Mexico Peanut Growers Association, New Mexico Peanut Commission, New Mexico Peanut Research Board and New Mexico State University Ag Science Center. He was the co-founder and director of Sunland, Inc., past member of New Mexico Chili Association and former officer on the New Mexico Farm Bureau. He is active with his church and served for many years on the local school board and as a local and regional science fair judge. Chandler and his wife Judy, a retired schoolteacher, have two other children, Lorin and Tracy (Altman). In his free time, Chandler enjoys making knives, ironworks and woodworking.