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Editorial: So long, Rep. Saavedra

State Rep. Henry “Kiki” Saavedra has shepherded his last budget bill through the state House of Representatives.

Saavedra, a Democrat from Albuquerque’s South Valley, is retiring after 38 years in the House, many of them as chairman of the powerful Appropriations and Finance Committee. He also retires from membership on the Transportation and Public Works Committee and from five interim legislative committees, including the Legislative Finance Committee.

Saavedra brought an old school pragmatism, a gentlemanly demeanor and a warm sense of humor that over the years brought levity and civility to the seriousness of crafting laws.

The House this week unanimously passed a memorial praising Saavedra for his bipartisan efforts, accurately pointing out that he has been “instrumental in building consensus across the aisle” on many state budget bills.

“Kiki” Saavedra is leaving the Roundhouse with an affectionate send-off and the thanks of all New Mexicans for his many years of service.

This editorial first appeared in the Albuquerque Journal. It was written by members of the editorial board and is unsigned as it represents the opinion of the newspaper rather than the writers.