The GOP is in mourning today after the death of Pete Domenici, the longest-serving senator from New Mexico. He was 85 years-old.
Fox News reported that Domenici’s death was confirmed by his family, who said he recently underwent abdominal surgery and was placed in intensive care after a recovery setback.
“He is out of pain and we all feel good about that,” the Domenici family said in a statement. “We are grateful for all of the people who helped here at the hospital and elsewhere.”
Domenici served six terms in the senate from 1973-2009, and was the former chairman of the budget committee. He chose not to seek a seventh term in 2008 after revealing he had been diagnosed with an incurable brain disorder. The son of Italian immigrants, Domenici carried a consistent message of fiscal restraint from his first term in 1972 until leaving office in early 2009.
Domenici was also once a frontrunner to become former President George H.W. Bush’s Vice President. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell offered his condolences to Domenici’s family on Wednesday after hearing of his death.
“The Senate is saddened today w the news of the passing of our friend Senator Pete Domenici. We offer our deepest condolences to his family,” McConnell tweeted.
The Senate is saddened today w the news of the passing of our friend Senator Pete Domenici. We offer our deepest condolences to his family.
— Leader McConnell (@SenateMajLdr) September 13, 2017
Rest in peace, Pete Domenici!