Martinez Taps Donor To Lead State Regulation

New Mexico – Gov. Susana Martinez has tapped a major campaign donor to head New Mexico's vast regulatory agency.

Martinez named J. Dee Dennis Jr. to the $100,000 a year job of superintendent of the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department on Friday.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Dennis contributed $16,000 to the governor's election campaign last year.

He founded DKD Electric Co. in Albuquerque in 1978 and grew the business to more than 350 employees before selling in 1999. He then became chief executive officer of a startup company called Visible Solar Light Technologies.

Martinez said in a statement that Dennis has the experience to help the state eliminate unnecessary red tape and assist businesses with regulations.

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