- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 20, 2015

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The New Mexico House of Representatives has made some more history by electing its first female chief clerk.

The House elected Denise Greenlaw Ramonas on a 38-31 vote shortly after convening Tuesday for a 60-day session.

As chief clerk, she will oversee voting procedures and day-to-day operations of the House.

Ramonas served as the U.S. Senate assistant secretary for the Majority for Trent Lott and Bill Frist when they were majority leaders. She also served as general counsel for the Senate Budget Committee and legislative director to former U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici.

Ramonas has a law degree and bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Utah.

Ramonas’ appointment comes as Republicans settle in as the majority party in the House. Democrats had led the chamber for the past 60 years.

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