Funeral Mass for House Speaker Lujan draws crowd

December 29, 2012 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A crowd of family members, longtime friends and politicians turned out Saturday morning to pay their final respects as House Speaker Ben Lujan, one of the most powerful and longest serving state legislators in New Mexico history, was laid to rest.

A funeral Mass drew about 1,000 people to the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in Santa Fe. Among them were former Gov. Toney Anaya, Attorney General Gary King and Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry.

Lujan’s son, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, described his father as a “gentleman’s gentleman” during Saturday’s service. He said his father knew how to Login to read more

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