Former congressman Manuel Lujan Jr. passes away

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Former congressman and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Manuel Lujan Jr. has passed away at the age of 90. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued a statement on the death of the late congressman Friday.

“Manuel Lujan was the picture of a statesman. In a lifetime of public service, over the course of ten Congressional terms and four years as secretary of the Interior, he fought for his constituents, striving for balance between competing interests, never forgetting that New Mexicans’ collective best interest must come first,” said Lujan Grisham in a statement.

Manuel Lujan Jr. is the son of Manuel A. Lujan Sr. who was served as the mayor of Santa Fe. Lujan Jr. served in Congress from 1969 to 1989 and was the first Hispanic Republican to join the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

From 1989 to 1993, Lujan Jr. served as Secretary of the Interior who was appointed by George H.W. Bush.

According to the Albuquerque Journal, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is a distant cousin of Lujan Jr. Lujan Grisham has ordered all state flags to fly at half staff in honor of the late congressman’s passing.

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