Friday, July 02, 2010
Governor Bill Richardson Appoints Theresa Becenti-Aguilar to Public Regulation Commission
Governor Bill Richardson released a statement today announcing that he has appointed Theresa Becenti-Aguilar to the Public Regulation Commission. Becenti-Aguilar will fill the remaining time in the vacant District 4 Commission seat previously held by Carol Sloan. A new Commissioner will be elected in November to start a four-year term in that district in January of 2011.
“Today I am pleased to appoint Theresa Becenti-Aguilar to the Public Regulation Commission,” Governor Richardson said in a written statement. “She has the necessary experience and unique knowledge to hit the ground running to tackle issues that affect all New Mexicans.”
Theresa Becenti-Aguilar has served as the Native American Liasion for the PRC. During that time she worked with New Mexico’s pueblos and tribes to ensure that their concerns were addressed by the PRC. She also established the Tribal Working Group to work closely with tribal leaders, PRC Commissioners and the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department regarding Telecommunication and Utilities Tax exemptions for Native Americans.
Prior to her work with the PRC, Becenti-Aguilar served seven years as a constituent services representative focusing on tribal relations from then U.S. Representative Tom Udall. She also spent eight years as an executive assistant in the litigation division of the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office.
Becenti-Aguilar is the Democratic candidate for the District 4 seat, having bested three other candidates in the Democratic primary.