September 18, 2023

Rancher named to state senate

Santa Fe Roundhouse

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Santa Fe Roundhouse

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham named rancher and former Eddy County Commissioner Steve McCutcheon II to fill the vacant State Senate District 42 seat.

McCutcheon, R-Carlsbad, served as an Eddy County Commissioner from 2018-2022.

McCutcheon fills the seat formerly held by Kernan who retired Aug. 1.

McCutcheon’s term begins immediately and ends after the next general election.

Gay Kernan, R-Hobbs, was appointed to the District 42 seat in 2002 by then-Gov. Gary Johnson and served in the seat until her retirement.

District 42 covers Lea, Eddy, and Chaves counties.