State Senator Pete Campos, a Democrat from Las Vegas, NM, who sits on powerful finance committees, was admitted to a Santa Fe hospital on Sunday for emergency surgery.
Chris Nordstrum, spokesperson for the Senate Democrats, said Campos went to the Presbyterian Santa Fe Medical Center for surgery due to an undisclosed condition that was unrelated to COVID-19.
Nordstrum said Campos wanted to let people know about his situation. The senator could undergo surgery as early as Monday and expects a quick recovery, he added.
He said Campos plans to participate fully in the next regular 30-day legislative session which is expected to start in mid-January.
In a press release on Sunday, Campos, who is almost 60, said his “passion has always been about public service. I look forward to continuing this work for the people of New Mexico in the near future and for years to come, with even greater appreciation for the myriad of challenges facing so many of our families in the state today. . “
A native of New Mexico, Campos served as an educator for nearly three decades, including as a counselor and superintendent. He was also president of Luna Community College for seven years. As a legislator, he has often expressed support for increased funding for public education, including for early childhood education programs.
Campos served in the Legislative Assembly for 30 years and was last re-elected in November 2020, winning around 65% of the vote against 35% of Republican challenger Melissa Fryzel.
Campos, who is married and has one son, is a member of the Senate Finance Committee and the Acting Legislative Finance Committee.