Rep. Luciano “Lucky” Varela. Legislative photo
House Honors Rep. Luciano ‘Lucky’ Varela
SANTA FE ― Rep. Luciano “Lucky” Varela (D-Santa Fe), after 30 years of representing House District 48, in the New Mexico House of Representatives was honored Friday, Feb. 13, for his years of public service.
Varela was inaugurated to the state House in 1987 becoming the third longest serving representative. Remembered for his incredible knowledge of state government, especially on financial matters and the budget, Varela was a factual database long before the regular use of computers.
“I remember ‘Lucky’ would only present proposals if he thought it would move New Mexico forward,” stated Representative Roberto “Bobby” Gonzales (D-Taos). “He would always put children and education first because he knew that is how New Mexico would be a better place for everyone.”
“’Lucky’ was a mentor to me, he showed me the ropes as a new legislator here in the House of Representatives,” said Representative Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-Los Alamos). “I will miss ‘Lucky’ so much. This chamber is losing a great man who will never be replaced.”
Varela served on the numerous committees during his tenure including the House Transportation and Public Works Committee, and the Appropriations and Finance Committee where his long experience in state government served as an invaluable resource. Varela will be retiring to his home in the Pecos Mountains, surrounded by loved ones.