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Gov. Martinez headed to Washington D.C. for memorial

SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez is headed to the nation’s capital to attend a law enforcement memorial and meet with officials in President Donald Trump’s administration.

The two-term Republican governor left New Mexico today and will represent the state at a vigil for officers who died in the line of duty. She attended the event last year too, when two Albuquerque-area officers were honored.

While in Washington D.C., Martinez will also meet with senior Trump administration officials to discuss infrastructure, energy and job-related issues, according to the Governor’s Office.

Specific details on the meetings, including which officials the governors would be meeting with, were not immediately available.

Martinez criticized some of Trump’s comments on the campaign trail last year and did not attend either of his campaign rallies in New Mexico.

However, she participated in a meeting with Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and other Republican governors in February, and has expressed optimism about working with the Trump administration.

The governor is scheduled to return to New Mexico on Sunday, her spokesman said. Her travel expenses for the trip will be paid for with state funds.

Per the state Constitution, Lt. Gov. John Sanchez serves as acting governor while Martinez is traveling out of state.