- Associated Press - Monday, January 26, 2015

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A northern New Mexico lawmaker who skipped the opening days of the legislative session to attend her husband’s sentencing hearing has been sworn in.

House Democrats announced Monday that state Rep. Debbie Rodella of Espanola took the oath of office after missing a week.

She had attended hearings involving her husband, former Rio Arriba County Sheriff Thomas Rodella.

The ex-lawman was sentenced last week to 10 years in federal prison for abusing a driver in a bizarre, off-duty traffic stop that prosecutors described as a fit of road rage.

U.S. District Judge James Browning said after reading letters from the public, it appeared Thomas Rodella also abused his position in exchange for votes for his wife.

The Espanola Democrat did not respond to a reporter’s question about the judge’s comment.

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