New Mexico State University successfully pulled off a coup in taking the lead on The Pete V. Domenici Legacy, a multifaceted effort to remember the work of
Shortly after Sen. Pete Domenici announced in October that he would retire at the end of this year because of a degenerative brain disease, it appeared that there would be some fighting between NMSU and the University of New Mexico over Domenici’s archives.
Martin moved quickly to make the case for the housing of all of Domenici’s papers and other memorabilia at NMSU. He made plans to host the annual Domenici Public Policy Conference, construct a building on campus to honor the senator, form the Domenici Institute and publish a book chronicling the senator’s service.
Domenici liked the plan, so instead of having his archives housed at his
The inaugural conference was impressive. In this hotly contested election year, it’s rare to have so many high-ranking elected officials set aside partisan rhetoric long enough to speak honestly about a man who has done a lot for
The list of conference speakers, which included Sen. Chris Dodd of
It’s a worthy goal. Martin and NMSU should be commended for attempting it, and for pulling off a successful inaugural conference.