Sen. Steven Neville won election to the Energy Council leadership post during a meeting this week in Anchorage, Alaska. He had served as the group’s vice chairman for the previous year.
His election to the chairmanship position comes as New Mexico’s coffers are flush from an oil drilling boom in the state’s southeastern corner. The state is expected to take in nearly $7.8 billion during the current budget year and has a projected budget surplus for next year of roughly $2.3 billion.
“As New Mexico and the United States, like never before, are at the forefront of energy production, this is an exciting time to be leading this highly respected, international legislative and energy organization,” Neville said in a statement.