Montoya, Joseph Manuel, 1915-1978

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Senator Joseph Montoya is arguably one of the most well known political leaders in contemporary New Mexico history. Born September 24, 1915 to Tom O. and Frances Montoya in Peña Blanca, N.M., he graduated from Bernalillo High School. He left New Mexico in 1931 to attend Regis College in Denver, Colorado. Graduating in 1934, he moved to Washington, D.C. to enroll in Georgetown University Law School. During his second year in law school, Montoya (just barely old enough to vote) was elected to the New Mexico State House of Representatives. He was reelected to that position in 1938, just after graduating from Georgetown Law School. By 1939, he was admitted to the New Mexico Bar and began his private practice in Santa Fe, New Mexico. As a member of the State legislature, Montoya was elected to the powerful position of Majority Floor Leader in 1939 and 1940. From 1940-1946, Montoya served as a state senator, achieving the leadership position of Majority Whip. He returned from other state positions to serve again as a state senator in 1953-1954 and later served as New Mexico Lt. Governor from 1955-1957. An unsuccessful campaign for Congress in 1950 provided his first foray into the national political arena. He was elected to the Eighty-fifth Congress, April 9, 1957. He served four successive terms in the U.S. House of Representatives and was appointed to the important House Judiciary and Appropriations Committees before resigning on November 3, 1964. Following the death of Senator Dennis Chavez in November of 1962, Governor Ed Mecham was appointed to hold New Mexico's vacant Senate seat until November of 1964. Montoya was elected to fill the remaining unexpired term and was sworn in on November 4, 1964. His own first full term as a United States Senator began January 3, 1965. He attained powerful positions on the Appropriations and Public Works Committees, the Joint Committee on Atomic Energy, and the Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities, notably serving as Watergate Committee member and IRS Hearings chair. Throughout his career, Senator Montoya authored, co-sponsored, or actively supported legislation in the following areas: civil rights, consumer protection, the elderly, agriculture, environmental protection, economic development, equal opportunity, education, health, and veterans. In 1976 he was defeated for office by Harrison "Jack" Schmitt. Senator Montoya was married to Della Romero of Santa Fe. They were parents of three children: Lynda, Patrick and Joseph, Jr. Montoya died in Washington, D.C. on June 5, 1978. He is interred in Rosario Cemetery, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

From the description of Joseph M. Montoya papers, 1913-1977 (bulk 1957-1976). (University of New Mexico-Main Campus). WorldCat record id: 264741187

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referencedIn Concha Ortiz y Pino de Kleven photograph collection, 1914-1987 University of New Mexico. Center for Southwest Research
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referencedIn Clinton Presba Anderson Papers, 1938-1973, (bulk 1948-1973) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Publicity photographs of U.S. Senator Hugh Scott, 1958-1973. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn New Mexico Health Foundation. New Mexico Health Foundation Photograph Collection [picture]. University of New Mexico-Main Campus
referencedIn Braithwaite, Karl, 1942-. Karl Braithwaite papers, 1968-2003 (bulk 1973-1980, 1986-1987) Bates College Library, George and Helen Ladd Library
creatorOf Comfort, Mary Apoline. Mary A. Comfort collection, 1957-1959. New Mexico State Library
referencedIn Charles R. Beeson Papers, 1963-1997 New Mexico Health Historical Collection, UNM Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center.
referencedIn C. D. Jackson Papers. 1933 - 1989. Photographs
referencedIn Papers of J.O.Seth and Oliver Seth., 1947-1963 School for Advanced Research
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creatorOf Harris, Fred R., 1930-. Papers, 1963-1976. University of Oklahoma, Bizzell Memorial Library
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creatorOf Montoya, Joseph M., 1915-. Joseph M. Montoya papers, 1913-1977 (bulk 1957-1976). University of New Mexico-Main Campus
referencedIn Governor David F. Cargo Papers, 1967-1970 New Mexico State Records Center and Archives
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associatedWith U.S. Atomic Energy Commission. corporateBody
associatedWith Vigil, Maurilio E., 1941- person
associatedWith Ximenes, Vicente 1919- person
associatedWith Yzaguirre, Raúl, 1939- person
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
New Mexico
Subject
Pueblo Indians--Legal status, laws, etc
Older people--Law and legislation
Multicultural education
Mexican Americans--Education
Mexican Americans
Natural resources--Law and legislation
Democratic Party (N.M.)--History
Public works
Discrimination--Law and legislation
Affirmative action programs
Rural electrification
Navajo Indians--Social conditions
Watergate Affair, 1972-1974
Indians of North America--Law and legislation
Pueblo Indians--Social conditions
Education, Bilingual
Education, higher
Mexican Americans--Civil rights
Pueblo Indians--Economic conditions
Consumer protection
Democratic Party (U.S.)--History
Veterans
Expenditures, Public
Navajo Indians--Economic conditions
Rural development
Land use, Rural
Indians of North America--Civil rights
Navajo Indians--Legal status, laws, etc
Occupation
Congressman
Senators--United States
Lieutenant governors
Senators, U.S. Congress--New Mexico
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Person

Birth 1915-09-24

Death 1978-06-05

Americans

English

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