Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Son: Pete Domenici, Former GOP Senator, Has Died

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Son: Pete Domenici, Former GOP Senator, Has Died

Article excerpt

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. * Former New Mexico Sen. Pete Domenici, a Republican who became a power broker in the Senate for his work on the federal budget and energy policy over more than 30 years, died Wednesday (Sept. 13, 2017).

He was 85. Sen. Domenici died at the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque, his son Pete Domenici Jr. said.

The senator had undergone abdominal surgery in recent weeks.

Sen. Domenici announced in October 2007 that he wouldn't seek a seventh Senate term because he had been diagnosed with an incurable brain disorder, frontotemporal lobar degeneration.

The Albuquerque-born son of Italian immigrants carried a consistent message of fiscal restraint from his first term in 1972 until leaving office in 2009 regardless of which party was in power. He even refused once to buckle to President Ronald Reagan, who wanted him to delay the budget process. …

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