Montoya, Joseph M.

Senator Montoya thanks colleague Ed Muskie for his telegram of congratulations on Montoya’s reelection to the Senate

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(1915-1978) New Mexico Democratic US Senator 1964-77. A descendant of 18th century Spanish settlers to New Mexico, he was educated at Regis College in Denver and in 1934 began Georgetown University law school. In 1936 at age 21 and still at Georgetown, he became the youngest person in state history to be elected to the State House of Representatives. In 1938 he graduated from law school and was reelected. In 1939, he was elected Democratic majority floor leader. He was elected to the State Senate in 1940, also the youngest member of that body ever elected. He was Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico 1947-57 and served 2 additional terms in the State Senate. In 1957 he was elected to Congress and in 1963 became a member of the House Appropriations Committee. He was a strong advocate of education measures and authored the Vocational Education Act. In 1964 he sponsored the Wilderness Act, which protected wilderness areas. Montoya won the 1964 election to complete the term of Senator Dennis Chavez, who died in office. In his 12 years in the Senate, he served on the Appropriations Committee, the Public Works Committee, the Joint Committee on Atomic Energy, and, most memorably, the Senate Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities, popularly known as the Senate Watergate Committee. His most important accomplishment was his work on the Senate Agriculture Committee, where he authored numerous pieces of legislation aimed at eliminating unsanitary conditions in the meat packing industry, including the Wholesome Meat Act of 1967, the Wholesome Poultry Act of 1968 and the Clean Hot Dog Act of 1974. In 1976 Montoya was defeated by Republican Harrison Schmitt. TLS “Joe” on Montoya’s 8 ¼ x 6 ¼ US Senate letterhead, Wsahingotn, November 16 1970, to Senator Edmund Muskie of Maine. Montoya appreciates Muskie’s congratulatory telegram on his reelection to the Senate, is privileged to have earned Muskie’s confidence, adds: “It was good to win.” EDMUND S. MUSKIE (1914-1986) Maine Democratic US Senator 1959-80. 1968 VP candidate with Humphrey, 1972 presidential hopeful. Secretary of State 1980-81 (Carter).

Condition: Very good, office docket stamp top right corner, inked check mark at lower left.
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