SANTA FE — A Washington, D.C.-based company that uses a data-based approach to analyze lawmaking has selected Sen. Mimi Stewart as New Mexico’s most effective legislator.
The formula developed by FiscalNote measured legislators’ effectiveness by tracking their ability to get substantive bills enacted, compared to other lawmakers from the same state, according to the company.
Stewart, an Albuquerque Democrat, sponsored 11 bills during this year’s 60-day legislative session that passed both legislative chambers. Six of those bills were
vetoed by Gov. Susana Martinez, though the governor signed Stewart-sponsored bills dealing with rape kit testing, court interpreters and more.
A retired educator, Stewart served in the state House for 20 years before being appointed to the Senate in 2015. She was re-elected last year to represent an east Albuquerque district.
Nationally, most of the legislators deemed to be most effective were Republicans.