Los Alamos Post

Rep. Brian Egolf has a 100 percent lifetime score on CVNM’s Conservation Scorecard. Courtesy photo 

SANTA FE — House Democratic Leader Brian Egolf has been selected by Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM) to receive the 2015 Luminaria Award.

Egolf will be honored Feb. 10 at CVNM’s 9th annual legislative reception, “for his bold leadership in protecting New Mexico’s land, air, water and healthy communities.”

“House Democratic Leader Brian Egolf has represented his district’s conservation values since day one as state representative for District 47. It is a distinct honor to recognize him for his commitment to ensure that New Mexico’s families and communities have clean air, land and water,” CVNM Legislative Director Victor Reyes said.

“I am honored to receive the 2015 Luminaria Award from CVNM. Protecting our future means preserving our air, land and water for today’s children and future generations,” Egolf said. “We make our communities safer when we protect our resources, and I have been proud to work with CVNM in this effort. We can create a sustainable economy that preserves New Mexico’s diverse and culturally rich communities while bringing good paying jobs to our state that don’t pollute the air we breathe and the water we drink.”

Egolf has a 100 percent lifetime score on CVNM’s Conservation Scorecard. The Scorecard provides objective, non-partisan information about the conservation voting records of all members of the legislature.

“Holding elected officials accountable for their actions is a cornerstone of our work, and that includes recognizing when a champion stands up for their constituents’ values,” CVNM Executive Director Demis Foster said. “Rep. Egolf has been key to ensuring that commonsense safeguards receive the debate they deserve in the New Mexico Legislature.”

Egolf served as chair of the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee from 2011 to 2015 and has taken a pro-conservation position on key pieces of legislation since his election in 2009, such as:

  • cultural property registration and acquisition (HB 422/SB 421, 2011),
  • consolidated environmental review act (HB 520, 2009 & HB 458, 2013),
  • oil and gas financial assurance (HB 286, 2013), and
  • adequate subdivision water supplies and subdivision water permits (SB 479 & SB 480, 2013)
  • economic development utility rates (HB 296/SB 283, 2014)

Past Luminaria Award Honorees

  • 2014: Sen. Peter Wirth
  • 2013: Rep. Mimi Stewart
  • 2012: Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez
  • 2011: Auditor Hector Balderas
  • 2010: Mark Fesmire, Director of Oil Conservation Division
  • 2009: Speaker of the House Ben Lujan & Sen. Cisco McSorley
  • 2008: Lt. Gov. Diane Denish
  • 2007: Gov. Bill Richardson

At CVNM’s 9th annual legislative reception, CVNM will unveil its 2015 Legislative Priorities, available online at CVNM.org.

CVNM is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that is connecting the people of New Mexico to their political power to protect our air, land, and water for a healthy Land of Enchantment. We do this by mobilizing voters, helping candidates win elections, holding elected officials accountable, and advancing responsible public policies.