Gov. Bill Richardson has appointed Theresa Becenti-Aguilar to the seat on the Public Regulation Commission left vacant by Carol Sloan, his office said today.
"Today I am pleased to appoint Theresa Becenti-Aguilar to the Public Regulation Commission," Richardson said in a statement. "She has the necessary experience and unique knowledge to hit the ground running to tackle issues that affect all New Mexicans."
Becenti-Aguilar won the Democratic primary for the seat. She faces Republican Gary Montoya in the November election.
According to Richardson's office, Becenti-Aguilar has worked as the Native American liasion for the PRC. She also set up the Tribal Working Group, which works with tribal leaders, PRC commissioners and the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department on telecommunication and utilities tax exemptions for Native Americans, Richardson's office said.