Op Ed: Nick Salazar‘s Service Is An Inspiration

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Nick Salazar at the Roundhouse earlier this year. Photo by Valley Daily Post. Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham courtesy photo

Op Ed: Nick Salazar‘s Service Is An Inspiration

By U.S. Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM – 01)

Representative Nick Salazar’s long list of contributions to New Mexico extends beyond his legendary work in the Legislature. His commitment to serving his community has inspired many others over the decades. I know first-hand, because Rep. Salazar took me under his wing early in my career as a public servant.

To this day, my work in Congress starts and ends with my own commitment to the constituents I serve – a lesson I learned from Rep. Nick Salazar.

During the past 43 years, Rep. Salazar has put the people in his legislative district first. As the steady leader of the North Central New Mexico Economic Development District, Rep. Salazar has effectively leveraged the power and resources of the communities throughout the region.

I am particularly proud of his work to protect the rights of senior citizens and build a statewide system of services. He was instrumental in establishing the Indian Area Agency on Aging, and he sponsored legislation to create the State Aging & Long-Term Services Department. I was proud to work with Rep. Salazar in my role as Cabinet Secretary of the new Department.

Rep. Salazar’s vast knowledge of the legislative process and his experience working closely and effectively with elected officials on both sides of the aisle simply cannot be matched nor replaced.

As a member of Congress, former colleague and long time supporter, I am proud to endorse Representative Nick Salazar, and I ask voters in House District 40 to vote for Representative Salazar on June 7.