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Updated: NM’s longest-serving lawmaker, Rep, Nick Salazar, dealing with health issues

Rep. Nick Salazar, the state’s longest-serving legislator, was apparently hospitalized today after health care professionals at the Capitol urged him to seek treatment.

Salazar, an Ohkay Owingeh Democrat, was not feeling well and, in an “abundance of caution,” was told he should be checked out, according to House Democrats.

On the Senate floor, several lawmakers noted Salazar’s medical scare and urged colleagues to keep Salazar in their thoughts.

“I’m praying for him that he comes back pretty soon,” said Sen. Mimi Stewart, D-Albuquerque, a former House member.

Salazar, 85, is a 22-term legislator who was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1972.

As of last year, he was one of about a dozen legislators around the country that had completed at least 42 years of legislative service, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Meanwhile, House Speaker Don Tripp, R-Socorro also put out a statement this afternoon on Salazar’s health situation.

“We wish our good friend Representative Nick Salazar a speedy recovery, and we ask members to keep him and his family in their thoughts and prayers,” Tripp said.

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