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State Senate President Pro Tempore Ben Altamirano, a Democrat, whose Senate District 28, encompasses Catron, Grant and part of Socorro Counties, died at home in Silver City, Dec 27. The former insurance businessman served in the Senate since 1971, longer than any current legislator. He was 77.
Altamirano is seen here, March 24, 2007, after the Senate voted to adjourn from a special session. Gov. Bill Richardson called the legislature back to work after the regular 60-day meetings, on what he called unfinished business. Altamirano presided because Lt. Gov. Diane Denish was acting governor due to Richardson being out of state pursuing the national Democratic Party's nomination for President.
Richardson will name Altamirano’s replacement to the Senate. The Senate will elect a member of its body to be Senate President Pro Tempore, on Jan. 15, when they convene for their regular 30-day session.