Pete Domenici dies at 85, leav­ing unique Se­nate legacy

The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) - - OPINION -

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. » Pete V. Domenici, the son of Ital­ian im­mi­grants who rose to be­come a power bro­ker in the U.S. Se­nate, died Wed­nes­day in New Mex­ico. The Repub­li­can was known for reach­ing across the par­ti­san di­vide and his work on the fed­eral bud­get and en­ergy pol­icy over a ca­reer that spanned more than 30 years.

Domenici was sur­rounded by fam­ily when he died at an Albuquerque hospi­tal af­ter a set­back from a re­cent surgery, his fam­ily said. He was 85.

The Albuquerque-born Domenici car­ried a con­sis­tent mes­sage of fis­cal re­straint from his first term in 1972 un­til leav­ing of­fice in 2009 — re­gard­less of which party was in power.

For­mer Demo­cratic U.S. Sen. Bennett John­son of Louisiana called Domenici “the con­sum­mate leg­is­la­tor.”

As chair­man of the Se­nate En­ergy and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Com­mit­tee, Domenici over­saw part of the de­bate on a na­tional en­ergy pol­icy, in­clud­ing de­ci­sions about oil and gas drilling, nu­clear power and re­new­able en­ergy.

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