Pete Domenici, a longtime GOP Senator in the state of New Mexico has passed away at the age of 85.
Back in 1972, Albuquerque had not elected a GOP Senator for 38 years, until a chance came and Domenici, an Albuquerque native, took over.
Domenici is known for his work on the budget and energy policy in the Senate where he served until 2008.
The Albuquerque Journal has reported that Domenici has recently gone through an abdominal surgery and had endured a complication while recuperating, thus being sent in intensive care
Heather Wilson, a former New Mexico Congresswoman, who is the acting U.S. Air Force Secretary, issued a statement about Domenici early today, calling him “a great American.”
“I am saddened by the news that my friend, mentor, colleague, fellow New Mexican, and great American, Senator Pete Domenici passed away this morning,” said Wilson said in her statement for the Albuquerque Journal.
“I always felt privileged and fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with Sen. Domenici on so many projects important to the country and New Mexico. Others will remember his many contributions as a leader and legislator.”
Domenici would not pursue a seventh tenure in the Senate in 2008 due to being diagnosed with an incurable brain disease.
He is New Mexico’s longest-serving Senator who, who served for 35 years.“I am so blessed people honestly come up to me all the time and tell me they love me and they pray for me,” Domenici said in November of 2008.
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