Friday, January 29, 2010

R.I.P. Eric Youngberg

This is a shock. Joe Monahan is reporting that former state Rep. Eric Youngberg has died at the age of 42.

The Albuquerque Republican served from 2003 to the end of 2008.

Youngberg, a lawyer, perhaps is best remembered in the Roundhouse as the co-chairman, along with Majority Leader Kenny Martinez, D-Grants, of the bi-partisan panel that in 2005 looked into the possible impeachment of then-Treasurer Robert Vigil. (Vigil resigned shortly before the panel started considering specific charges.)

He also was known for referring to his Capitol office as "The Bat Cave," which he always kept well-stocked with energy drinks.

Monahan quotes Rep. Ben Rodefer, D-Albuquerque, who defeated Youngberg in 2008.

I learned of Eric Youngberg's death with great sadness. What a tragic loss. Eric was a man of tremendous intelligence, warmth and ability. A man who cared deeply about his community and his state. A man who will be sorely missed by the so many who knew and loved him.