Former Sen. Domenici Going Home to New Mexico

Six-term senator will serve as senior adviser to state land commissioner

Former Sen. Pete Domenici, R-New Mexico, a senior fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center Institution, is heading back to New Mexico to work as a senior adviser to the state land commissioner. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)
Former Sen. Pete Domenici, R-New Mexico, a senior fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center Institution, is heading back to New Mexico to work as a senior adviser to the state land commissioner. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)
Posted December 1, 2016 at 12:27pm

Former Sen. Pete Domenici is leaving Washington after 40 years to move back to New Mexico after accepting a position as senior adviser to state Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn Jr.

Domenici has served most recently as a senior fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center, where he is co-chair of its debt reduction task force. He announced in 2008 that he wouldn’t seek re-election after six terms.

, after serving in the Senate for six terms, Santa Fe New Mexican reported. 

His role with the land office in a new position has yet to be determined, the Santa Fe New Mexican  reported, as well as if he will receive a salary. 

“Sen. Domenici is a wealth of knowledge and brings the Land Office a lifetime of experience,” Dunn said in a statement. “I can’t think of anyone better to come on as my senior advisor. His dedication and service to the state of New Mexico and to its natural resources is very admirable and the Land Office is fortunate to have him.”

The 84-year-old Domenici will likely be working on education issues, such as Dunn’s proposal to start a permanent fund for childhood education with revenue from leasing mineral rights on public lands owned by the federal government, Dunn spokeswoman Emily Strickler said. 

He’ll also focus on land and water conservation, Strickler said.