Thursday, September 5, 2013

Rep. Jim Trujillo of Santa Fe to Seek Re-Election

State Rep. Jim Trujillo, D-Santa Fe, a 10-year veteran of the Legislature, is running for re-election.

Trujillo, 74, represents House District 45, which includes southwestern Santa Fe.

He is a vice chairman of the House Tax & Revenue Committee and chairs the House committee that oversees capital-outlay projects. "I've carried the capital outlay bill in the House for the last eight years," he said.

He's also carried legislation designed to give early-childhood education more money from the state's permanent fund. "I'll probably introduce that again next year," he said Thursday.

Trujillo also is a member of the House Business and Industry Committee.

Trujillo initially was appointed by the County Commission in 2003 to fill the remainder of the term of former Rep. Patsy Trujillo, no relation, who resigned to take a position in the Bill Richardson administration. Trujillo was elected to the seat in 2004 and re-elected with no primary or general election opposition every two years since.

Trujillo is a former teacher and liquor-store owner who also worked for the state Human Services Department.