SANTA FE — Former state Rep. Max Coll of Santa Fe, longtime legislative budget committee chairman, has died at age 82.
Sen. Peter Wirth, a family friend, said Friday that Coll died Thursday night after suffering a stroke last week.
Coll, who began his bifurcated political career as a Republican in one of the most conservative areas of New Mexico and ended it as a liberal Democrat, according to Rob Nikolewski of newmexico.watchdog.org.
Coll served in the House for 32 years, retiring in 2004. He had been chairman of the Appropriations and Finance Committee since Login to read more