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Senator Ingle retained as Senate Minority Floor Leader – All three Republican leaders retained

Posted on 19. Dec, 2012 by Stephan Helgesen in Politics

(Santa Fe) New Mexico State Senator Stuart Ingle (R-Portales) was elected by acclamation tonight by the Senate Republican Caucus  to retain his leadership position as Senate Minority Floor Leader.  It is a leadership position he has held since 2000.  All three current leaders in the Republican Caucus were elected by acclamation to retain their current leadership positions.

“While the entire State Senate is undergoing many changes because of the many new Senators who will begin serving in January, the leadership  in the Minority Caucus will remain the same.   Our members know what to expect from us and the Senate as a whole knows that the Minority Leaders who were voted by acclamation tonight will continue to work across the aisle for the good of the entire state,” Senator Ingle said.  “We welcome the new freshman Senator who will be serving with us  and we know each and every one of them will be dedicated to making the state a better place. It is going to be an interesting time in the legislature.”

Before being Minority Floor Leader, Ingle served as Minority Whip and Senate Minority  Caucus Chair.

Senator Ingle has served as a State Senator since 1985. Senator Ingle serves Senate District 27 in Eastern New Mexico that includes portions of  Chaves, Curry, De Baca, Lea and  Roosevelt counties.

State Senator Bill Payne (R-Albuquerque) will continue to serve as Minority Caucus Whip,  a leadership position he has held for four years and State Senator Steve Neville (R-Farmington) will retain his leadership position of Senate Minority Caucus Chair, a position he has held for two years.

Senator Payne was first elected to the Senate in 1996, where he now is the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, a member of the Energy Council, a Commissioner of the Uniform Law Commission, and the recognized leader for utility, veteran/military affairs, and natural resource issues in the Senate.

Senate Neville began serving the Senate in  January of 2005.  Senator Neville serves on both the powerful Senate Finance Committee and the Legislative Finance Committee.

The term of the leadership positions is four years.

The Senate will be comprised of 17 Republicans members  and 25 Democrat members  for a total of 42 Senators when all are sworn in for the upcoming legislative session which begins January 15, 2013.

This information was submitted by: Diane Kinderwater  505-986-4702



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