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Many buildings named in Domenici's honor

Kai Porter
September 14, 2017 07:17 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Built in 1998, the seven-story Pete V. Domenici Federal Courthouse on Lomas is one of many buildings around the state named after the longtime senator.

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Domenici's name is the first thing you see when you walk through those doors. The U.S. District Court's Chief Judge Christina Armijo released a statement on Domenici's passing, offering condolences to his family.

"As a public servant whose career spanned some 36 years, Senator Domenici worked tirelessly with his colleagues to ensure that the Federal District of New Mexico received adequate resources to address its ever increasing caseload," she said. "His work on behalf of our state and our nation will be long remembered and appreciated."

The Center for Health Education complex at UNM is also named in Domenici's honor. UNM Health Sciences Center issued a statement as well, saying he was a true champion of the entire university, especially the Health Sciences Center.

"The best way we can honor him is to continue our mission of improving the health of all New Mexicans through our educational, clinical and research missions, which he helped to grow," said Paul Roth, the chancellor for Health Sciences.

Also at UNM, Pete and Nancy Domenici Hall houses the Mind Research Network, a nonprofit organization that studies mental illness and other brain disorders. Domenici founded the network in 1998.

Domenici secured $17.9 million in federal funds for the National Hispanic Cultural Center, which was pivotal to building the Performing Arts Center. The education building is now named after him.

In 2007, Domenici also he brought in $15 million in federal funds to build the New Mexico History Museum, which also bears his name. 

The math, science and technology building at the Santa Fe Indian School is also named after Domenici.

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