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Rancher and oilman to fill New Mexico Senate seat

December 22, 2018

Gov. Susana Martinez appointed Gregory Fulfer to the New Mexico Senate on Friday, handing off the seat longtime lawmaker Carroll Leavell vacated earlier this month.

Fulfer, a Republican from Jal, will represent a district nestled in New Mexico’s Southeastern corner and spanning from Carlsbad to Hobbs.

Leavell had represented the area for two decades but stepped down for health reasons.

The boards of commissioners in Eddy and Lea counties both nominated Fulfer to take the seat ahead of a 60-day legislative session that begins in mid-January.

A graduate of New Mexico State University, Fulfer is a rancher and oilman Martinez previously appointed to the New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board. And he has served on the Lea County Board of Commissioners.

Fulfer will finish out the last two years of Leavell’s term representing the staunchly Republican district. And he is just one of a couple new faces expected to join the Senate this year.

Governor-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham will get to appoint a successor to Sen. Howie Morales, D-Silver City, who is taking office as lieutenant governor.

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