(Santa Fe, NM)— Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM) will present House Democratic Leader Brian Egolf with the 2015 Luminaria Award for his bold leadership in protecting New Mexico’s land, air, water and healthy communities at CVNM’s 9th annual legislative reception on Feb. 10. CVNM will also unveil its 2015 Legislative Priorities, available online at CVNM.org.
“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,” said Victor Reyes, CVNM Legislative Director.
“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,” House Democratic Brian 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.”
Rep. Egolf has a 100% 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,” said Demis Foster, CVNM Executive Director. “Rep. Egolf has been key to ensuring that commonsense safeguards receive the debate they deserve in the New Mexico Legislature.”
Rep. 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: Senator Peter Wirth
2013: Representative 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 & Senator Cisco McSorley
2008: Lt. Governor Diane Denish
2007: Governor Bill Richardson
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.
Contact: Liliana Castillo, 505-992-8683 or firstname.lastname@example.org