Pete Domenici

Pete Domenici
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Chair of the Senate Energy Committee
In office
January 3, 2003 – January 3, 2007
Preceded byJeff Bingaman
Succeeded byJeff Bingaman
Chair of the Senate Budget Committee
In office
January 3, 1995 – June 6, 2001
Preceded byJim Sasser
Succeeded byKent Conrad
In office
January 3, 1981 – January 3, 1987
Preceded byFritz Hollings
Succeeded byLawton Chiles
United States Senator
from New Mexico
In office
January 3, 1973 – January 3, 2009
Preceded byClinton P. Anderson
Succeeded byTom Udall
37th Mayor of Albuquerque
In office
October 1967 – March 1970
Preceded byRalph Trigg
Succeeded byCharles E. Barnhart
Personal details
Pietro Vichi Domenici

(1932-05-07)May 7, 1932
Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.
DiedSeptember 13, 2017(2017-09-13) (aged 85)
Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.
Resting placeMount Calvary Cemetery
Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Nancy Burk
Children9, including Adam Laxalt
EducationUniversity of Albuquerque
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque (BA)
University of Denver (LLB)
SignatureSenate website

Pietro Vichi Domenici (May 7, 1932 – September 13, 2017) was an American attorney and politician from New Mexico. A Republican, Domenici served six terms in the United States Senate, from 1973 to 2009, the longest tenure in the state's history. During Domenici's tenure in the Senate, he advocated waterway usage fees, nuclear power and related causes. After leaving the Senate, Domenici served as a senior fellow for the Bipartisan Policy Center.[1]

Early years

Domenici was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Alda (née Vichi), an undocumented immigrant,[2] and Cherubino Domenici,[3] both of whom had been born in Modena, Italy.[4]

Domencini worked in his father's grocery business after school.[5] In 1950, he graduated from St. Mary's High School in Albuquerque. He spent two years at the College of St. Joseph on the Rio Grande before earning a degree in education at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque in 1954, where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.[6][7]

He pitched for one season for the Albuquerque Dukes, a farm club of the Brooklyn Dodgers.[8] He taught mathematics at Garfield Junior High in Albuquerque. Domencini earned his law degree at the University of Denver law school in 1958 and returned to practice law in Albuquerque.[9]

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