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Thu January 6, 2011
Martinez Continues Cabinet Appointments
By KRWG News
New Mexico – Gov. Susana Martinez has selected Las Cruces physician Catherine Torres as secretary of the Health Department. Martinez also named former astronaut and U.S. Senator Harrison "Jack" Schmitt as secretary of Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department.
Martinez announced Thursday the former U.S. senator is being nominated to run the agency that oversees oil and natural gas production, manages state parks and and administers forestry, mining reclamation and renewable energy programs. He will be paid $105,000.
In 1972, Schmitt was one of the last men to walk on the moon as part of the Apollo 17 mission
Schmitt was elected to the Senate in 1976, but lost a re-election bid in 1982 to Democrat Jeff Bingaman.
Schmitt has a doctorate in geology from Harvard University.
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