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Keith Gardner on becoming new Gov’s chief of staff

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Right before the Thanksgiving weekend, we reported that Rep. Keith Gardner (R-Eddy, Chaves, Roosevelt, Lea) is stepping down from his current position to become the chief of staff for incoming Gov. Susana Martinez.

We caught up with Gardner this morning (Nov. 29) and talked to him about why he made his decision:

Since the governor will have the final say on Gardner’s replacement, Republicans run no risk of having a Democrat take over Gardner’s seat. Therefore, the Dems’ 37-33 advantage in the House remains.

You can read more about Gardner’s decision here.

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Since 2010, Rob Nikolewski has covered New Mexico politics and investigated fraud, waste and abuse in government. He also writes an opinion column in the Sunday editions of the Santa Fe New Mexican. Rob joined New Mexico Watchdog after 20 years in television as a sports anchor and reporter. He anchored at MSNBC, New York City, Boston, Pittsburgh, Phoenix, Reno and Boise, winning three regional Emmy awards along the way. He holds a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University, a master's in public administration from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and a bachelor's degree in journalism from Trinity University in San Antonio.