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New Mexico First Remembers the Legacy of U.S. Senator Pete V. Domenici

The board and staff of New Mexico First send our condolences to the family of U.S. Senator Pete V. Domenici, and also to the many people throughout the state and nation who mourn the lawmaker’s passing today. We cherish Senator Domenici’s legacy of bipartisan collaboration. We also applaud his tenacious advocacy for our state and his vision for an even brighter tomorrow.

During Senator Domenici’s tenure in Washington, he led policy initiatives on the budget process, energy, mental health parity and nuclear nonproliferation. He served 36 years, becoming New Mexico's longest serving U.S. senator. After retiring as a lawmaker, he served as a Senior Fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, DC.

Senator Domenici co-founded New Mexico First in 1986, in equal partnership with now retired U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman. Our organization expresses deep appreciation for the lifetime of hard work and dedication by Senator Domenici for our Land of Enchantment.


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Pamela K. Blackwell Commented on 13-Sep-2017 12:54 PM

Thank you Senator Domenici for being a role model for smart, thoughtful, bipartisan government and policy solutions, and giving me my start in public policy.

Tom Commented on 13-Sep-2017 01:19 PM

I remember Senator Domenici back in the early 80's when I first came to America. He was the "cut the budget deficit" Senator to me. I also remember when he had his lung surgery and President Reagan said, "Pete, no more smoking at the White House". (paraphrase)

What a survivor! Senator, you are one of New Mexico's giants. Farewell.

Dale C. Alverson Commented on 13-Sep-2017 01:27 PM

He was a true HERO for New Mexico!

Colleen W Bowman Commented on 13-Sep-2017 04:47 PM

RIP Senator Domenici. Your public service and love for The Land of Enchantment will never be forgotten.

Marijo Rymer Commented on 15-Sep-2017 06:46 PM

Thank you Senator Domenici for all you did for New Mexico. NM First is one page of many chapters of an outstanding legacy of service. We will miss you.

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