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September 25, 2018
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New Mexico Senator resigns, takes office on Navajo Nation Council
Former Senator Leonard Tsosie
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: A New Mexico Senator resigned on Monday in order to serve on the Navajo Nation Council. KSUT's Joan Zwisler has more. RUNS :44

JOAN: New Mexico Senator Leonard Tsosie has represented parts of McKinley, Rio Arriba, Bernalillo, Cibola and Sandoval counties since 1993.

He had fought to keep his Senate seat and serve on the Navajo Council, but the Navajo Supreme Court last week ruled that he had to choose one by Monday morning.

The New Mexico Secretary of State received Tsosie's resignation around noon.

Tsosie took the oath of office for the council delegate's position in time for the first day of the Council's winter session in Window Rock.

He represents the Torreon, Pueblo Pintado and Whitehorse Lake chapters.

Meanwhile, Governor Bill Richardson is asking the five New Mexico counties in Senate District 22 to make recommendations by Friday for someone to fill Tsosie's Senate seat.

From KSUT, Four Corners Public Radio, I'm Joan Zwisler.
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