Longtime GOP Sen. Pete Domenici has died at age 85, marking the end of an era for New Mexico politics.
Domenici, 85, recently had abdominal surgery, according to the Albuquerque News Journal, which first reported his death.
“He is out of pain and we all feel good about that,” the Domenici family said in a statement to newspaper. “We are grateful for all of the people who helped here at the hospital and elsewhere.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced Domenici’s death on the Senate floor. The two served together for decades.
“He had a long and notable career, one that took him from pitching on the baseball diamond to teaching mathematics at an Albuquerque junior high school, from city politics to the U.S. Senate,” McConnell said. “In fact, when he ran for Senate in 1972, Domenici became the first Republican elected from his home state in nearly four decades. By the time he retired, he did so as the longest-serving senator in New Mexico history.”
Domenici was an iconic figure both in New Mexico and in the Senate, where he served for 36 years. He was chairman or ranking member of the Budget Committee for 22 years, building a reputation as …read more
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