Chief Clerk of the Senate Lenore Naranjo with Sen. Leo Jaramillo Thursday in the Senate Chambers. Courtesy photo
BY MAIRE O’NEILL
In the Spirit of Women’s History Month, District 5 Sen. Leo Jaramillo recognized Lenore Naranjo, Chief Clerk of the New Mexico Senate Thursday on the Senate floor calling her a strong leader who serves as a mentor, advisor and friend to many.
“Born in Velarde and a resident of the beautiful Espanola Valley, Lenore came to the Roundhouse 45 years ago when her eldest daughter served as a page. It was on that day when the late Sen. Matias Chacon asked her to work for him during the 30-day session. She declined the Senator’s offer twice before accepting on his third call. Unfortunately, Senator Chacon passed away two days before Lenore’s started her career right here in the Roundhouse,” Jaramillo said.
He said in her 45 years in the Legislature, Naranjo has done a multitude of jobs including Sergeant at Arms, Secretary, Committee Secretary, Enrolling and Engrossing Clerk, Proofreader, Deputy Chief Clerk and Chief Clerk.
“She has performed each job with professionalism and integrity and is an inspiration to all of us. I am proud that Lenore is a resident of Senate District 5 and I am proud to call her my friend,” Jaramillo said.
He went on to wish all the women in the Senate chambers a happy Women’s History Month.