Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Skeen Sets Longevity Record.

Byline: Michael Coleman Journal Washington Bureau

21st Year in House Eclipses N.M. Mark

WASHINGTON When Rep. Joe Skeen raised his hand on Jan. 3 to be sworn in for an eleventh term in Congress, he became New Mexico's longest-serving member of the House of Representatives.

The Republican rancher from Lincoln County launched his 21st year in Congress, surpassing the 20-year mark set by former New Mexico Rep. Manuel Lujan Jr., also a Republican.

Skeen, a staunch supporter of the agriculture and military spending his district depends on, said he owes his political longevity to voters and hard work.

"I'm very proud of the support I have had," Skeen said earlier this week as he sat among the western art that fills his Capitol Hill office. …

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