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Gov. Martinez out of state for family emergency

SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez is out of state this week to be with her brother while he undergoes medical treatments.

The two-term Republican governor left New Mexico on Sunday to travel to the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix with her brother, Jake Martinez Jr., according to the Governor’s Office. No additional information was provided.

Martinez, who grew up in El Paso, is one of three siblings. The governor acts as legal guardian for her sister, Lettie Martinez, who is developmentally disabled.

The governor is scheduled to return to New Mexico on Friday, a spokesman said. State taxpayers will not be footing the bill for the trip.

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

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