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NM House Speaker Lujan reveals he has cancer
(2012-01-17)
House Speaker Ben Lujan
(KSFR) - The speaker of the New Mexico House of Representatives has opened this year's legislative session with a stunning announcement. Rep. Ben Lujan says he has been battling lung cancer for several years and now finds that he cannot continue performing his duties. Lujan told legislators minutes ago that he will not seek re-election. That statement seems to indicate he will not run for reelection in the June primary elections. It is not clear whether he will be able to continue to act as the Speaker of the House or even work as a representative during this legislative session.

Full audio of his statement above.

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