- Associated Press - Thursday, July 21, 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Longtime state legislator Ken Martinez has resigned from the Legislature.

The former House speaker late last year was hired as the Bernalillo County and he subsequently announced he would not seek re-election in 2016.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (https://bit.ly/29Oe51q ) that Martinez resigned his legislative seat Wednesday in a letter to acting Secretary of State Brad Winter.

A Grants Democrat, Martinez served as state House District 69 representative since 1999. The district serves Bernalillo, Cibola, McKinley, Socorro, San Juan and Valencia counties.

He served as House majority leader for eight years and was elected House speaker in 2013.

Grants businessman Harry Garcia, a Democrat, is running unopposed for Martinez’s now-empty seat. Republican Gov. Susana Martinez may choose Ken Martinez’s temporary successor before Garcia’s inauguration.

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Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, https://www.sfnewmexican.com

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