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NM State Representative District 47

In addition to other duties prescribed by law, representatives enact “reasonable and appropriate laws,” represent the constituents of their district, and serve on standing or interim committees. The legislature meets each year beginning in January. In odd-numbered years, it meets for 60 days; in even-numbered years, it meets for 30 days. The Governor may call special sessions. Candidates must be at least 21 years old and must be a resident of the district from which elected. They serve a two-year term. Representatives do not receive a salary, but they do receive a pre-set per diem and mileage; there is also a pension program for legislators serving a minimum period.Cámara de Representantes de Nuevo MéxicoAdemás de otras obligaciones prescritas por la ley, los representantes promulgan leyes razonables y apropiadas , representan a los electores de su distrito y sirven en comités permanentes o interinos. La legislatura se reúne cada año a partir de enero. En los años impares, se reúne durante 60 días; en los años pares, se reúne durante 30 días. El gobernador puede convocar sesiones especiales. Los candidatos deben tener al menos 21 años de edad y deben ser residentes del distrito donde fueron elegidos. Tienen mandatos de dos años. Los representantes no reciben un salario, pero sí reciben un pago preestablecido por viáticos; también existe un programa de pensión para legisladores que cumplen con un periodo mínimo de servicio.

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    Reena C Szczepanski
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

1. What prior experience and/or education have prepared you for this position?

2. Why are you running for this position?

3. What would be your priorities for the next session?

4. What, if any, changes to New Mexico’s tax structure would you support?

Campaign Mailing Address 1000 Cordova Pl #973
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Twitter @reenaszcz
Campaign Phone 505-699-0798
Occupation Program Lead
For nearly 20 years I have worked in public policy in our state – first as an advocate for public health and drug policy reform, then as leader of an organization that trains women to run for office, and as the Chief of Staff to the Speaker of the House. Just an importantly, I am the daughter of immigrants from India, I grew up in a working-class family, and graduated from Brown University with a degree in community health. I am a mother, a sister, and a wife. My work in the legislature has contributed to major victories for working families, our environment, women, and children. I know how to get things done in the Roundhouse, and I have shown over the past two years that I will stand up for our community.
I am running to fight for a state where every New Mexican believes that they can reach their dreams. I am raising my children in Santa Fe, and hope that some day they will be able to raise their own children here. To get there, we need accessible healthcare, affordable housing, great job opportunities, and a vibrant economy. We are making great progress to tackle major challenges facing our state. When I see these challenges, I want to roll up my sleeves and get to work – that's what keeps me coming back to the Roundhouse year after year.
In my first term, I stood up for our community's values and focused on economic development, affordable healthcare, and climate change. While we've made progress in these areas, there is still so much work to do. I want to return to the Roundhouse to establish the Medicaid Forward program, expand our healthcare workforce, fully fund and implement the new Creative Industries Division, expand access to solar power in our local communities, increase access to behavioral health treatment and more.
I fully support our child tax credit and working families tax credit, and would support initiatives to strategically increase these proven poverty reduction measures. We need to ensure that large corporations are paying their fair share, while also taking a look at targeted incentives and tax relief for entrepreneurs and small businesses. We've done great work to make our personal income tax rates more fair, and as our economy grows we should be attentive to whether the current brackets are working as intended.