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NM Native legislative rep. all about service

March 27, 2013 • State News

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — Albert Shirley grew up learning the importance of helping others. His parents and grandparents set a great example of working for the community and assisting those in need.

Shirley, a former Iyanbito Chapter president and member of the New Mexico House of Representatives, was chosen in mid-January by N.M. Speaker of the House W. Ken Martinez, D-Grants, as Native American Legislative Liaison — a salaried position that called for the day-to-day assisting with committee meetings, scheduling appointments and the dissemination of information pertaining to Native American issues.

The New Mexico Legislature concluded its 60-day session March 16. There are 70 members of the House of Representatives and each represents roughly 25,980 residents of New Mexico.

“He’s done a wonderful job,” Martinez said of Shirley. The Navajo-born Shirley, 57, served the state House of Representatives for eight years during the late Login to read more

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