Republican Sen. Kent Cravens of Albuquerque said Thursday that he’ll resign to take a job with a trade association representing New Mexico’s oil and natural gas industry.
In a letter to the secretary of state, Cravens said his resignation was effective Thursday at midnight. The 51-year-old has served in the state Senate since 2001.
Cravens said he is becoming director of governmental affairs for the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association and begins the job Friday. The trade association holds its annual convention in Santa Fe starting Sunday.
Cravens’ duties include lobbying the Legislature and dealing with regulatory issues before government agencies such as the federal Bureau of Land Management and the state Oil Conservation Division.