ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Gregg Fulfer, a Jal rancher and business owner, was appointed to the state Senate on Friday to fill the vacancy created by Carroll Leavell’s retirement.
Gov. Susana Martinez announced the appointment
Fulfer, a Republican, has served on the state Economic Development Commission and Environmental Improvement Board, and he’s a former Lea County commissioner.
In an interview Friday, Fulfer said he would work closely with Leavell, his father-in-law, to ensure a smooth transition.
“His shoes are going to be hard to fill,” Fulfer said.
As a senator from southeastern New Mexico, Fulfer said he would work to highlight the importance of the oil and gas industry to the state as a whole.
Leavell, a Republican, stepped down for health reasons earlier this month.
Fulfer will finish Leavell’s term, which ends in 2020.