Rep. Alonzo Baldonado Calls for Emergency Hearing on PED Secretary’s Dismissal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 24, 2019 SANTA FE—Today, Rep. Alonzo Baldonado (R-Los Lunas) delivered a letter to Legislative Education Study Committee (LESC) Chair Christine Trujillo (D-Albuquerque) requesting that the LESC hold an emergency hearing on the sudden dismissal of Public Education Department (PED) Secretary Karen Trujillo. Secretary Trujillo was abruptly fired from her position earlier […]

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NM Rep. Kelly Fajardo Tapped for Key National Committee

FOR IMMDIATE RELEASEJuly 17, 2019 LOS LUNAS, NM—New Mexico Representative Kelly Fajardo (R-Los Lunas) has been selected by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) to serve on the organization’s Legislator Nominating Committee. With this appointment, Fajardo will help select the group’s leaders and guide its future direction. NCSL is a national organization that supports […]

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House Republicans Strengthen Their Call for National Guard Redeployment and State-Led Crisis Response Team for Border Emergency

SANTA FE—Today, House Republicans renewed their request to Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham to redeploy National Guard troops to border and create a state-led crisis response team to coordinate activities related to the border emergency in New Mexico. The lawmakers resubmitted their request in response to the letter Lujan Grisham sent to them on May 21. […]

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NM House Republican Leader James Townsend Nominates Carlsbad Resident Dr. Judy Villanueva to State Ethics Commission

    ARTESIA—New Mexico House Republican Leader James Townsend (R-Artesia) has nominated Carlsbad resident Judy P. Villanueva, Ph.D., to serve on the newly formed New Mexico State Ethics Commission. Dr. Villanueva possesses a wealth of knowledge in organizational management and planning, which will aid the commission as they set up operations this year.   Dr. Villanueva’s educational background includes various areas of administration. She has an undergraduate degree in […]

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House Republicans to Governor: National Guard, More Coordination Needed On The Border

SANTA FE—Today, House Republicans sent a letter to Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham requesting that she re-deploy New Mexico National Guard troops back to the state’s border with Mexico. The representatives also asked her to appoint a crisis response team led by New Mexico’s Secretary of Homeland Security to coordinate immigration response efforts throughout the state.   House Republicans stated that many New Mexico cities and counties were struggling […]

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Rep. Rebecca Dow Applauds Virgin Galactic Announcement

Commercial spaceflight company to move its operations to NM’s Spaceport this summer.  SANTA FE—Rep. Rebecca Dow (R-Truth or Consequences) applauded the announcement made this morning by Virgin Galactic that the company plans to move its commercial spaceflight operations to Spaceport America in southern New Mexico this summer.   Dow attended a press conference earlier today with […]

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Statement from NM House Republican Leader Jim Townsend on SOS Denial of Referendum Petition

ARTESIA—New Mexico House Republican Leader Jim Townsend (R-Artesia) issued the following statement on the decision of Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver to reject his draft petition for a referendum on Senate Bill 8, unenforceable legislation requiring background checks for private gun sales in New Mexico:   “Twenty-nine of New Mexico’s thirty-three sheriffs oppose SB 8. […]

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Rep. Alonzo Baldonado’s Years-Long Effort to “Ban The Box” Signed Into Law

 Senate Bill 96 provides a “fair chance” for applicants with prior arrests or convictions.  LOS LUNAS—Rep. Alonzo Baldonado (R-Los Lunas) cheered yesterday’s announcement that Senate Bill 96, legislation to “ban the box” on employment application forms in New Mexico, was signed into law by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham. The new law was the result of five […]

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Statement From House Republican Leader Nate Gentry On The Death Of State Representative Larry Larrañaga 

ALBUQUERQUE—Last night, longtime State Representative Larry Larrañaga (R-Albuquerque) passed away in his Albuquerque home. Rep. Larrañaga had served his Northeastern Albuquerque district for nearly 24 years.   House Republican Leader Nate Gentry (R-Albuquerque) released the following statement on Rep. Larrañaga’s passing:   “Larry Larrañaga was the dean of the House Appropriations and Finance Committee. His quiet determination and steadfast approach served as an example for […]

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