The New Mexico Senate lost one of its longest-serving members Tuesday.
Carlos Cisneros, a Democrat from Questa and vice chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, died of a heart attack. He was 71.
Cisneros’ death shocked his colleagues and prompted an outpouring of praise for his budget expertise, institutional knowledge and work ethic during 34 years of work in the Legislature.
A former mine worker and union leader, Cisneros joined the state Senate in 1985 and emerged as a respected voice on financial matters, including capital projects and tax policy.
His district stretches across parts of Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Taos counties.
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham will appoint a replacement from a list of nominees approved by the counties.