New Mexico Democrats Mourn the Passing of State Representative Phillip M. Archuleta

Tuesday afternoon State Representative Phillip Archuleta (D-Doña Ana-36) passed away from complications of pneumonia.

Phillip_001aAs State Representative from his southern New Mexico district Phillip Archuleta was a leading champion for civil rights and equal treatment of all New Mexicans, for labor and working people, and for veterans.

As a legislator he fought for quality public education, equity in community services and infrastructure, and fair treatment for his community. He was an outspoken champion for the rights of Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers.

Representative Archuleta, who was himself disabled, was also a strong voice for the rights of disabled persons in the New Mexico State Legislature.

A native of Taos, New Mexico, Archuleta lived and worked for more than two decades in Las Cruces. Prior to serving in the New Mexico State House of Representatives,  Archuleta worked in Labor Law Administration for the State of New Mexico Department of Labor.

His voice will be greatly missed.