Letter from the Chair

Dear Senate Colleagues:

I am honored to serve as the Chair for the Senate Presidents’ Forum and I invite my fellow State Senate leaders to participate in the Forum--one of the most important and productive events on our legislative calendar.

The Senate Presidents’ Forum provides a perfect case study of respectful discourse and effective collaboration among State leaders of all parties and persuasions. These leaders share a commitment to the common good, working to find ways to enhance the quality of life for all their citizens.

Given the complex populations that comprise each State and the varying needs of different constituents, State leadership is a challenging task, especially when undertaken within the context of balanced budgets as required in most States. Senate leaders may differ on the paths to the common good, but their willingness to hear about different approaches and learn from one another is evident in the Senate Presidents’ Forum discussions.

The Forum focuses on topics that are currently challenging State Senate leaders, such as economic development, immigration, and education. The experts who give invited presentations on these issues are outstanding leaders in academia, business, and government. And the ensuing discussions have enabled legislators to evaluate potential solutions in an open forum without the limitations of partisanship.

I urge all State Senate leaders to put the next Senate Presidents’ Forum on their calendars. It will be time well invested and highly productive.

Sincerely,

Chair

Sen. Mary Kay
Papen

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Chair's Letter

Sen. Mary Kay Papen

Dear Senate Colleagues:

I am honored to serve as the Chair for the Senate Presidents’ Forum and I invite my fellow State Senate leaders to participate in the Forum--one of the most important and productive events on our legislative calendar.

The Senate Presidents’ Forum provides a perfect case study of respectful discourse and effective collaboration among State leaders of all parties and persuasions. These leaders share a commitment to the common good, working to find ways to enhance the quality of life for all their citizens.

Given the complex populations that comprise each State and the varying needs of different constituents, State leadership is a challenging task, especially when undertaken within the context of balanced budgets as required in most States. Senate leaders may differ on the paths to the common good, but their willingness to hear about different approaches and learn from one another is evident in the Senate Presidents’ Forum discussions.

The Forum focuses on topics that are currently challenging State Senate leaders, such as economic development, immigration, and education. The experts who give invited presentations on these issues are outstanding leaders in academia, business, and government. And the ensuing discussions have enabled legislators to evaluate potential solutions in an open forum without the limitations of partisanship.

I urge all State Senate leaders to put the next Senate Presidents’ Forum on their calendars. It will be time well invested and highly productive.

Sincerely,

Sen. Mary Kay Papen
President  Pro Tempore – New Mexico State Senate