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New Mexico Senate Republican Office
Immediate Release  January 30, 2019
Contact: 505-986-4702
 
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           SENATOR STUART INGLE
                         R – Portales – 27
 
Senate Honors Carroll E. Leavell and Recognizes his Outstanding Service to New Mexico
 
Sponsor Senate Minority Leader Stuart Ingle
Bill # Senate Memorial 40- Senate Honors Carroll E. Leavell
 
 
Photo attached: (L to R) Teri Poe,  Former Senator Carroll E. Leavell,  Bobbie Leavell, Kim Poe, Senator Gregg Fulfer (R-Jal)
 
 
Santa Fe—Former New Mexico State Senator Carroll Leavell of Jal was honored in the Senate Chambers today.  All of Senator Leavell’s former colleagues gave him a heartfelt tribute about his outstanding public service to the state. Many of the Senators choked up with emotion and had tears in their eyes as they spoke of many touching stories about Senator Leavell and his wife Bobbie Leavell.  Many of them spoke about how Senator Leavell is so gracious to them, how he is so genial and how hard he worked to improve the state.  They spoke about the sparkle in his eye and his easygoing nature and cheerful smile.   Many said he is a true gentleman and statesman.
 
Senate Floor Minority Leader Stuart Ingle (R-Portales) sponsored Senate Memorial 40 which passed the Senate unanimously. It read in part: “Whereas, Senator Leavell had an illustrious career in the Senate and was best known as a member of the powerful senate finance committee, on which he served from 2003 to 2018. Senator Leavell’s civic involvement has always been important to Senator Leavell.  In 2007, the Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center named Senator Leavell as a Silver Concho Honoree for his service to the country.” (Entire Memorial 40 is attached below.)
 “We are talking about a member of the Senate who has been a great friend of the state for many years. I am so glad Senator Leavell is able to be with us today to  hear all we have to say about how grateful we are to have served with him,” Senator Ingle said. “We want to thank Bobbie and the rest of Senator Leavell’s family for sharing him with all of us. The state of New Mexico is a better place to live and work because of Senator Carroll  Leavell. He is a great, great man.”
 
Senator Leavell’s wife Bobbie Leavell and daughters Kim Fulfer and Teri Poe sat beside Senator Leavell in the Senate Chambers. They sat behind Senator Gregg Fulfer (R-Jal) who is Senator Leavell’s son-in-law and who was appointed by the former governor to fill Senator Leavell’s District 41 seat.
 
Senator Carroll Leavell retired after serving in the State Senate since 1997.  He represented District 41 which includes Eddy and Lea County for over 22 years. His colleagues said  Senator Leavell had been a dedicated champion for his constituents and a passionate supporter of large and small businesses in New Mexico and the jobs they produced in the state.  He is known as being a stanch supporter of the oil and gas industry that is important to Southeastern New Mexico as well to the entire state. 
 
SENATE MEMORIAL
54TH legislature – STATE OF NEW MEXICO – FIRST session, 2019
INTRODUCED BY
 
 
Senate Minority Leader Stuart Ingle
 
 
 
A MEMORIAL
 
HONORING CARROLL H. LEAVELL AND RECOGNIZING HIS OUTSTANDING SERVICE TO NEW MEXICO.
 
     WHEREAS, Carroll H. Leavell, a republican, served as a state senator for district 41 in Eddy and Lea county from 1997 to 2018; and
     WHEREAS, Senator Leavell announced his retirement in 2018, and resigned after nearly twenty-two years in office; and
     WHEREAS, Senator Leavell had an illustrious career in the senate, and was best known as a member of the powerful senate finance committee, on which he served from 2003 to 2018; and
     WHEREAS, Senator Leavell also was a member of the following standing committees: the conservation committee from 1999 to 2002, the corporations and transportation committee from 1997 to 1998 and from 2001 to 2002, the natural gas pipeline study subcommittee in 2001, the public affairs committee from 1999 to 2000 and the ways and means committee from 1997 to 1998; and
     WHEREAS, Senator Leavell was a member of almost every interim committee during his career including the economic and rural development and telecommunicatons committee from 2001 to 2006, the investments and pensions oversight committee from 2006 to 2008 and from 2011 to 2018, the radioactive and hazardous materials committee from 1997 to 2018 and as an advisory member of the water and natural resources committee from 2015 to 2018; and
     WHEREAS, Senator leavell was also appointed as a member to the public school capital outlay task force from 2002 to 2008; and  
     WHEREAS, Senator Leavell was a staunch advocate of the oil and gas industry and touted the industry’s contributions to the state; and
     WHEREAS, Senator Leavell was highly respected by his colleagues, who describe him as low key and genial; and
     WHEREAS, civic involvement has always been important to Senator Leavell and in 2007 the cowboy hall of fame and western heritage center named Senator Leavell as a silver concho honoree for his service to the country; and
     WHEREAS, Senator Leavell, the former owner of Leavell insurance and a real estate broker, is active in his community, serving as past president of the industrial development corporation of Lea county, past president of independent insurance agents of New Mexico, a lions club trustee, past board member of the college of the southwest and as trustee for first united Methodist church; and
     WHEREAS, Senator Leavell, who lives in the city of Jal, had to make longer trips back and forth from the state capitol than any other legislator; and
     WHEREAS, after all that time on the road, Senator Leavell deserves a continued long and relaxing retirement at to home;
     NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO that Carroll H. Leavell be recognized for his years if outstanding public service to New Mexico; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this memorial be transmitted to Carroll H. Leavell.
 

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