ABQ Rep. Debbie Armstrong Will Not Seek Another Term

Elected in 2014, Rep. Armstrong distinguished herself as the healthcare champion for New Mexico

 Albuquerque, N.M. - Today, State Representative Debbie Armstrong of Albuquerque’s House District 17 announced that she will not seek re-election after an accomplished four terms of service in the New Mexico House of Representatives.

The Chair of the House Health and Human Services Committee, Rep. Armstrong has been a champion for New Mexico’s public health and health care, playing a pivotal role in expanding affordable health care coverage, prescription drug coverage, and quality senior care for New Mexicans.

“It’s been an incredible honor serving the community and state that I love,” said Rep. Armstrong. “Having passed the End-of-Life Options Act, the Healthcare Affordability Fund, and seeing the state truly turn a corner with the firm establishment of our medical cannabis program and legalization of adult-use cannabis, I feel it is time for me to focus on my family and other projects. I can’t thank enough my incredible constituents and supporters who have supported me and these important initiatives over the years, and who shared my vision of a state where every New Mexican can get access to the quality healthcare they deserve.”

Speaker Brian Egolf added: “It is very bittersweet watching my longtime colleague and friend choose to close out her tenure following her years of admirable service to New Mexico. Rep. Armstrong was tailor-made to chair the House Health and Human Services Committee. Because of her, New Mexicans have better, more affordable access to healthcare coverage, the ability to pass away with dignity, and a robust medical cannabis program. Her knowledge and experience meant that New Mexicans could rest assured knowing our state’s public health was in good hands. Debbie was always a joy to work with and will leave a lasting legacy on this state’s healthcare landscape. She will be sorely missed.”

Elected in 2014 to represent House District 17, encompassing parts of central Albuquerque and its north valley, Rep. Armstrong will have served four terms in the House of Representatives. During that time, she transformed and championed health coverage for contraception, senior care through the Kiki Saavedra Senior Dignity Fund, and affordable healthcare and prescription drug coverage through the Health Security Act and the Wholesale Prescription Drug Importation Act. After years of hard work, she sponsored and delivered the option for death with dignity for those with terminal illnesses through the End-of-Life Options Act this past session. Rep. Armstrong was also pivotal in guaranteeing access for New Mexicans in need of medical cannabis and the recent passage of the state’s Cannabis Regulation Act.

Rep. Armstrong’s decision to not seek re-election is also significant for the current redistricting process, as it removes the Citizens Redistricting Committee and New Mexico Legislature from any consideration of her residence as an incumbent when determining updated district lines.

 

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