Longtime New Mexico lawmaker dies at 82

Former New Mexico state Rep. Henry “Kiki” Saavedra (D) died on January 28, 2019, from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. He was 82 years old.
He served in the New Mexico House of Representatives for 37 years from 1977 to 2014. He left office in 2014 when he decided to not seek re-election. While in office, he served as chair of the House Appropriations and Finance Committee and was involved with crafting the state’s annual budget. He also worked for the city of Albuquerque from 1967 to 1995.
Saavedra is survived by his wife, Charissa Saavedra, five children, four step-daughters, 17 grandchildren, and one great-grandson.