New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Awards 2002
Dr. Albert H. Rosenthal Lifetime Achievement Award
Recognizing Those Committed to Making a Difference
Senator Pete V. Domenici
Senator Pete V. Domenici is a native of Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is one of five children, and only son, of Italian immigrants. He grew up working in his father's wholesale grocery business. In 1950 he graduated from St. Mary's High School in Albuquerque, and went on to earn an education degree from the University of New Mexico in 1954. And, in 1954, for a year, he pitched for the Albuquerque Dukes (a farm club for the old Brooklyn Dodgers). In 1955 he went on to teach math at Garfield Junior High in Albuquerque. Completing his formal education in 1958, he earned a law degree from the University of Denver, and then returned to Albuquerque entering private practice.
Senator Domenici began his political career in 1966 when he was elected to the Albuquerque City Commission. The following year he was elected as Commission Chairman (equivalent then to Mayor). And, it was in 1972 that New Mexico elected Pete Domenici to the U. S. Senate. In testament to his overwhelming statewide appeal, in 1990 New Mexico sent Senator Domenici back to the Senate for a fourth term with an unprecedented 73 percent of the popular vote.
Perhaps it is easiest to describe our fine Senator through others words…
"…Mr. Domenici enjoys a universal reputation as one of the Senate's hardest working, most intelligent, and most intense members." -- New York Times, May 1995.
"New Mexico is extremely fortunate to have a man of the stature of Sen. Pete Domenici representing us in the U.S. Senate. Sen. Domenici is extremely intelligent and articulate…He has common sense and as the saying goes, that is very uncommon today, and especially so in Washington." -- Alamogordo Daily News, February 1996.
"Domenici has proven himself a skilled, tireless and resilient legislator…He has brought disparate interests under a common banner and proved himself a true legislative craftsman." -- National Journal, June 1955.
"If ever there was a time when there was a confluence of fiscal restraint and political circumstances to accomplish a balanced budget, you couldn't have a better man than Pete Domenici in a position to get it done." -- Howard Baker, National Journal, June 1955.
- Committee on the Budget, Chairman
- Committee on Appropriations
- Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development; Chairman
- Subcommittee on Commerce, State, Justice
- Subcommittee on Defense
- Subcommittee on Interior and Related Agencies
- Subcommittee on Transportation and Related Agencies
- Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
- Subcommittee on Energy Research & Development, Chairman
- Subcommittee on Energy Regulation and Conservation
- Subcommittee on Public Lands, Natural Parks & Forests
- Committee on Banking
- Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Regulatory Relief
- Subcommittee on Housing Opportunity and Community   Development
- Subcommittee on International Finance
- Senate Select Committee on Indian Affairs