From the halls of Congress to the many corners of New Mexico, elected leaders and others are remembering former U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici. The longest serving U.S. senator in New Mexico’s history, Domenici died Wednesday at an Albuquerque hospital following a setback stemming from a recent abdominal surgery. He was 85.
“This is a sad day for all New Mexicans. Senator Domenici was a dedicated statesman who always put New Mexico first. His devotion to our state was evident throughout his lengthy career. He tirelessly advocated for a better future for all New Mexico, from our labs and military bases to infrastructure and our innovation centers. Senator Domenici was also a champion of higher education, pioneering the Domenici Public Policy Conference which, even today, brings national leaders in government and innovation to New Mexico to help guide future generations of policymakers.” — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez.
“Laura and I are saddened by the death of our good friend, Senator Pete Domenici. He loved New Mexico and represented his constituents well in the Senate — an institution for which he had great respect, and in which he earned great respect. We will miss him, and we send our heartfelt sympathies and best wishes to Nancy and Pete’s loved ones.” — former President George W. Bush.
“My first job on Capitol Hill was in the Senate, back when Pete Domenici was budget chairman. He was this larger-than-life…