TRANSPARENCY AND ETHICS IN GOVERNMENT
As your second term District 20 Representative I have continued my policy of not accepting lobbyist or PAC (political action committee) money, free gifts or free meals, because it is the right thing to do.
I fought successfully for over 20 years in the courtroom for state and local open government. I received the NM Foundation for Open Government’s (NMFOG) Lifetime Achievement award for my work on behalf of the public.
The legislature last year passed the joint resolution I sponsored to establish an Ethics Commission. There was strong support from a bi-partisan coalition of co-sponsoring legislators. The joint resolution will be on the General Election ballot in November for voter approval. With voter approval the Ethics Commission will be in our state constitution, so the commission cannot be dissolved by simple legislative action. The legislature had been talking about establishing an Ethics Commission for over 20 years.
I have sponsored and voted for legislation to strengthen the laws against DWI, repeat offenders, domestic violence, and other criminal offenses.
EDUCATION and ECONOMY
These areas are tied together. I will continue to vote for a better education for our children, and the building of an economy which results in our graduates and employees staying in New Mexico because good jobs are here for them.