BREAKING NEWS: It is with a heavy heart that we report that Pete Domenici, the longest-serving senator from New Mexico, has died. He was 85 years old.
The Republican senator recently underwent abdominal surgery and was placed in intensive care after a recovery setback.
“He is out of pain and we all feel good about that,” the Domenici family said. “We are grateful for all of the people who helped here at the hospital and elsewhere.”
The Senate is saddened today w the news of the passing of our friend Senator Pete Domenici. We offer our deepest condolences to his family.
— Leader McConnell (@SenateMajLdr) September 13, 2017
Domenici was former chairman of the budget committee and served six terms as senator from 1973 to 2009. In 2008, after being diagnosed with brain cancer, he announced that he would not be seeking a seventh term.
Domenici was known for being a staunch fiscal conservative who was committed to cutting spending–even if that meant going against other Republicans. He even refused once to buckle to President Reagan, who wanted him to delay the budget process.
Former President George H.W. Bush had also considered him for vice president.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Domenici family today! If only we had more people like him in our federal government–perhaps federal spending wouldn’t be as out-of-control as it’s gotten.