SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico legislator who was known for his advocacy in protecting people who are incapacitated and placed under legal guardianship has died, Senate Republicans announced Friday. Republican Jim White served one term in the Senate representing parts of Albuquerque, and Sandoval, Santa Fe, and Torrance counties. He lost a reelection bid in the June primary.
The Senate Republican Caucus released the following statement Friday:
“The Senate Republican Caucus is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our colleague, Senator Jim White. Senator White served our nation and state honorably as a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and longtime member of the New Mexico Legislature. We will miss his wise and calm demeanor, and passion for public service. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Senator White’s family members and friends.”
Senate Minority Whip Craig Brandt, a Rio Rancho Republican, told the Albuquerque Journal that one of White’s relatives found him at home. The cause of death wasn’t known.
White was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and served in Vietnam. He retired from work as an airport executive and served in the state House from 2009-14.
“He was a man that served his country, served his state, and served his constituents well,” Brandt said.
On Saturday, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham provided the following statement:
“I am saddened to learn of the passing of Jim White. He was an honorable public servant. He served his country as a member of the Air Force and his state as a representative and later senator. His district was well-served by his willingness to put his constituents before party interests. I offer my condolences to his family and friends, and my prayers are with those who loved him.”Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
White was honored by the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government in 2018 for his support in making the adult guardianship program more transparent. He was 77-years-old.