Pete Domenici, former New Mexico senator, dies

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) - New Mexico's longest-serving Senator, Pete Domenici, died Wednesday at the age of 85.

Domenici served the State of New Mexico in the U.S. Senate from 1973 to 2009 and recently underwent abdominal surgery according to multiple sources, including the Las Cruces Sun News. A setback suffered during his recovery led to him being admitted to intensive care before his death.

Domenici was a native of Albuquerque, a graduate of New Mexico State University and served on the Albuquerque City Commission before  successfully running for the U.S. Senate as a Republican in 1973.

The Domenici Institute at NMSU bears his name. Wednesday is the first day of the annual  Domenici Public Policy Conference in Las Cruces. The conference, now in its 10th year, will focus on U.S. foreign policy with Chine, Mexico and Russia, as well as education and workforce development issues.

Messages of condolences began pouring in across Twitter from leaders and politicians who worked with Domenici.



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