First Forum Past Awardees, 2010-2015

2010 Awardees

Lifetime Achievement Awards

U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman (D)
Retired U.S. Senator Pete Domenici (R)

Odd Couple Award

Business leader Edward Lujan (R)
Ambassador Edward Romero (D)

Economic Development

NM Representative John Heaton (D)
NM Representative Tom Taylor (R)

Education

NM Senator Gay Kernan (R)
NM Senator Cynthia Nava (D)

Energy

NM Senator Sue Wilson Beffort (R)
NM Senator Michael Sanchez (D)

Healthcare

The late Patty Jennings (Award accepted by Tim Jennings)

2011 Awardees

Lifetime Achievement Awards

Manuel Lujan, retired U.S. Secretary of the Interior, U.S. Representative (R)
The late Bruce and Alice King, Governor and First Lady (Award accepted by Bill King) (D)

Rising Stars

NM Senator Tim Keller (D)
NM Senator George Munoz (D)
NM Representative Cathrynn Brown (R)
NM Representative Conrad James (R)

Voices of Experience

The late Jeanette Wallace, NM Representative (R)
NM Representative Joseph Cervantes (D)

Fiscal Leadership

NM Senator Stuart Ingle (R)
NM Senator John Arthur Smith (D)

2013 Awardees

Excellence in Legislative Policy

New Mexico Representative Larry Larranaga (R)
New Mexico Senator Mary Kay Papen (D)

Excellence in Education Policy

Kathie Winograd (D)
President, Central New Mexico Community College

Good Government Award

Fred Nathan (I)
Executive Director, Think New Mexico

Lifetime Achievement Award

Garrey Carruthers (R)
Dean, College of Business at New Mexico State University

2015 Awardees

Statewide Leadership

David Abbey (I)
Legislative Finance Committee Director

John D’Antonio (I)
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Deputy District Engineer and former NM State Engineer

Sander Rue (R)
New Mexico State Senator

Up And Comer

Sharon Clahchischilliage (R)
New Mexico State Representative

Lifetime Achievement Award

Clara Apodaca (D)
Former first lady of New Mexico and active civic leader


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