The Los Alamos League of Women Voters will host its monthly Lunch with a Leader at 11:45 a.m., Nov. 17 at Mesa Public Library.
State Sen. Peter Wirth will lead a discussion of money in politics. That topic is one of the positions the League is studying. Having Wirth share his extensive knowledge on this will aid in reaching a consensus on the topic.
Wirth will address the issue of the extent to which he believes First Amendment protections should apply to individuals and groups in the campaign finance context and how to improve campaign finance regulation.
Wirth has served in the New Mexico Senate since 2008 representing Senate District 25, which runs from Tesuque Pueblo to Glorieta and includes a large portion of Santa Fe. He previously represented House District 47 from 2004 through 2008. He is chair of the Senate Conservation Committee and serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee. During the interim, he is chair of the Water and Natural Resources Committee and is a member of the Tax Committee.
During his 11 years in the Legislature, 51 of the bills Wirth sponsored are now law. In 2009, he worked with Sen. Dede Feldman to pass campaign limits and passed a bill requiring campaign reports to be filed biannually. For the past three years, he has carried a bill to require independent expenditure committees to disclose donors, the only thing the US Supreme Court allowed in Citizens United.
Common Cause named him as the 2011 recipient of the “Jack Taylor Best in Government” award. When he is not working at the Legislature, Senator Wirth is a lawyer and mediator at Sawtell, Wirth & Biedscheid. He is married to Carol Romero-Wirth. They have two children.
To order a lunch from the Co-op, call Karyl Ann Armbruster 505.231.8286 or email her email@example.com
to get the menu items. All lunches are $10 and do not need to be ordered to attend.