New Mexico House Elects First Woman Chief Clerk

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Lawmakers elected Denise Greenlaw Ramonas as chief clerk of the New Mexico House of Representatives, becoming the first woman to ever serve in the position.

“Today is historic,” House Speaker Don Tripp said Tuesday. “For the first time in New Mexico history, we will have a woman serve as chief clerk for the state House. Denise brings a wealth of experience to the legislature, and we are honored to have her.”

As chief clerk, Greenlaw Ramonas will oversee voting procedures and day-to-day operations of the New Mexico House.

In addition, Steve Shaw also was chosen as sergeant at arms. Shaw is charged with keeping order and safety in the House of Representatives.

“These new officers have the expertise to keep proceedings on track, so we can do the work the people sent us here to do,” Speaker Tripp said.

Greenlaw Ramonas was selected as the United States Senate assistant secretary for the Majority for Trent Lott and Bill Frist when they were majority leaders. In this position, she specialized in parliamentary procedure and advised the Republican Caucus on Senate floor strategies. She also served as general counsel for the Senate Budget Committee and legislative director to Sen. Pete V. Domenici. Greenlaw Ramonas has a decade of private-sector experience in Santa Fe. Ramonas received a law degree and bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Utah. She is married to George Ramonas.

Shaw has more than 29 years of law enforcement experience — achieving several officer rankings before serving in both Rio Rancho’s and Pueblo of Jemez’s Departments of Public Safety. He also served as a member of the Rio Rancho City Council. Shaw received a degree in Management from National American University, graduated from the FBI Academy, and from Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command. He continues to be a dedicated servant to his community and is active in many organizations and causes.

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