Senate Shake-Up Prompts Leadership Change for Dems

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State Sen Michael Padilla

Elections have consequences, and for some those consequences are pretty nice.   State Sen. Tim Keller (D) won election to State Auditor leaving his International District (ABQ) seat vacant.

State Sen Michael Padilla

State Sen Michael Padilla

Bernalillo County Commissioners announced last week their intent to appoint State Rep. Mimi Stewart (D-21) to Keller’s senate seat when he takes on his new role in January. (The commission is expected to take up the appointment for Stewart’s seat late this week).

Keller was also the Senate Majority Whip for the Democratic caucus and his departure left an opening for another senator to assume that role.

Democratic senators met on Sunday to fill that seat.  From State Sen. Michael Padilla:

Family and Friends:

Yesterday, I was humbled and honored to be elected Senate Majority Whip. After two years of hard work, my colleagues in the New Mexico Senate Democratic Caucus placed their trust in me and elected me to serve them in this critical position.  I fully understand that, as a two year freshmen senator, this hasn’t happened in quite some time, and am committed to working harder than ever before.

I look forward to working with our Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez and Senate Majority Caucus Chair Jacob Candelaria.

As the Senate Majority Whip, some of my top priorities include: advancing legislation that serves all New Mexicans; strengthening communication within our caucus and with the people we represent; maximizing technology to provide data and information; and, maximizing community engagement so that New Mexicans have regular access to their senators across the state.

It is my intention to continue to be fully accessible, and I invite you to join me in Santa Fe to advocate for our communities.

Very Respectfully,

Michael Padilla
Senator  |  Majority Whip
New Mexico District 14
Sen. Mary Kay Papen will remain the President Pro Tempore.  Sen. Michael Sanchez remains the Majority Leader and Sen. Jacob Candelaria will return as Caucus Chair.
Republican Senators did not change any seats and will retain their leadership team.  Stuart Ingle is the GOP Minority Leader and Bill Payne is the GOP Whip.