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About the Senator
Senator Richard Romero has built a reputation as a refreshingly different kind of leader, a reformer focused on results. He's taken on the political establishment and special interests as President Pro Tem of the State Senate and now he is taking that fight to his campaign for Congress in New Mexico's First Congressional District.

In 1992, Richard began his political career, announcing for the State Senate in District 12. Running on a platform of educational reform and better constituent service, he challenged a twenty-six year incumbent in the Democratic primary and won handily. He was re-elected in both 1996 and 2000 by margins of more than 75 percent.

In the Senate, Richard has been a strong advocate for improving public education, strengthening local economies, and providing quality, affordable health care.

Since becoming President Pro Tem in 2001, Richard Romero has labored tirelessly to reform the rules of the Senate by opening up the committee process and challenging the seniority system. Not surprising, today he is viewed by the voters across the political spectrum as the leader who is rescuing the image of an institution that had entered the 21st century as an embarrassing anachronism. Richard Romero has proven he's not afraid of tackling what at first seem to be daunting challenges. Richard Romero took on the system and won.

And now he wants to take that experience to Washington. Richard Romero is running for Congress because in an increasingly dangerous world it's time to rise above petty politics and do what's right for America and New Mexico

Roots of a Reformer

Hard work. It was a Romero family tradition. Born in the small village of Tome, New Mexico, Richard's mother Frances spent much of her teen years as a migrant farm worker, harvesting vegetables in southern Colorado. His father, Alcadio, took the family to California during the Second World War where he found work as a welder in the Oakland shipyards, a trade learned in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). It was there that Richard was born in 1944.

Two years later Richard's family returned to New Mexico. He grew up in the Barelas neighborhood of Albuquerque, the area he represents today in the State Senate. Largely Hispanic, it is a community with strong families and long traditions rooted deep in New Mexico history. In school, Richard rose to athletic heights. A three-sport letterman, he made all-state in football at Albuquerque High School.

After earning his B.S. in education at the University of Albuquerque, Richard began his career as a teacher. However, his teaching career was interrupted in 1968, when his unit, the 150th Air National Guard (known as the "Enchilada Air Force" due to its large contingent of Hispanics), was sent to South Korea in response to the escalating Pueblo Crisis.

After six years in the Guard (two years on active duty), Richard resumed his career. He quickly moved up the ladder in the Albuquerque Public School (APS) system. After receiving his Masters in Education Administration, he took on the tough job as principal of the School of Wheels, a program for at risk youth. In 1976, Richard returned to his alma mater as principal of Albuquerque High School. Ten years later he became Assistant Superintendent of Schools for APS. He retired from the school system in 1995.

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