Albuquerque Press Women and Friends are getting ready for the 2019 session of the New Mexico Legislature with an inside look from state senators Mark Moores and Jerry Ortiz y Pino at 11:30 a.m. on December 10. The group meets at Mimi’s Restaurant (4316 @ The 25 Way).
Mark Moores of Albuquerque has served in the New Mexico Senate since 2013. He represents District 21 which includes Albuquerque. Moores serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and the Senate Rules Committee where he is the ranking member. He also serves on the Interim Health and Human Services Committee as the ranking member. Moores owns a healthcare business. He served on the staff of the late Congressman Steve Schiff and as a chief-of-staff for Lt. Governor Walter Bradley in the Johnson/Bradley administration.
Jerry Ortiz y Pino is a four term state senator from District 12, which is downtown Albuquerque and the historic neighborhoods surrounding it. He is a social worker by profession, having retired in 2008 after forty two years of work in child protective services, community mental health, employee assistance and a variety of education and administrative positions in both the private and the public sectors.
Ortiz y Pino is a native New Mexican, from a family that has been in Santa Fe for 325 years, and has lived and worked in Albuquerque since 1977. He chairs the Senate Public Affairs Committee and sits on the Rules Committee. During the interim he will chair the Legislative Health and Human Services Committee. He is married to Donna Bruzzese, a family therapist in private practice. Between them they have seven children and twelve grandchildren and they have, for twenty five years been involved with the Friends of the Children of el Salvador which supports over forty high school and college students’ educations in that Central American country.
Everyone is welcome at Albuquerque Press Women and Friends. Non-members will be charged an additional $5. Attendees purchase their own meals from the Mimi’s menu. No reservations are required.