- Associated Press - Friday, February 12, 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The Senate has voted unanimously to confirm Myles Copeland as the secretary of the New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department.

The vote came Friday, with less than a week remaining in the 30-day session.

It’s expected that New Mexico will have the fourth largest percentage of people 65 and older by 2030, and Copeland said the state is moving forward to ensure elders and people with disabilities have the support they need.

Prior to his appointment as secretary in 2015, Copeland spent two years as the department’s deputy secretary. He previously worked with the New Mexico chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Copeland, who was raised in Albuquerque and attended St. Pius High School, has degrees from s Whittier College and the University of New Mexico.

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