Martinez on Friday sent a letter to New Mexico Senate President Pro Tem Mary Kay Papen and Senate Majority Leader Peter Wirth announcing his resignation from his positions as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and co-chair of the Courts, Corrections and Justice Interim Committee.
Martinez said he made his decision “after extensive thought and consideration and given my recent DWI conviction.”
In a separate statement, the Democrat from Ojo Caliente said he intended to continue serving as senator in District 5.
“Senator Martinez’s resignation as chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and co-chair of the Interim Courts, Corrections and Justice Committee is a positive development,” Papen and Wirth said in a statement. “We will make our recommendation for his replacement as chair to the Committees’ Committee, which meets the first day of the legislative session.”
The 30-day session starts Jan. 21.