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2021 Capitol Report, February 18

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In bi-partisan fashion this week, members of the New Mexico State Senate approved Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s appointee to serve as Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services.

Tom Trowbridge reports from the Roundhouse.

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It was last fall when Governor Lujan Grisham tabbed Gulf War veteran Sonya Smith to succeed the Retired Brigadier General Judy Griego as head of the Veterans Services agency. Smith, who’s 54, served as a medical technician in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Her experience includes health care positions at the University of New Mexico and the New Mexico Department of Health.

Republican Senate Minority Leader Greg Baca, himself a Gulf War veteran, spoke on Smith’s behalf as her nomination was before the Senate Chamber:

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Baca’s Senate leadership counterpart, Democratic Majority Leader Peter Wirth, also praised the Veterans Services Secretary nominee.

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The state veteran’s agency is an important one… as it serves more than 142-thousand New Mexicans.

For the New Mexico News Network, I’m Tom Trowbridge

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