Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ken Martinez

Air Dates: February 9-11, 2013

--- THIS WEEK: KEN MARTINEZ (D-District 69), New Speaker of the House of Representatives --- TOPICS • TV & FILMMAKING IN NEW MEXICO • JOB CREATION • SOCIAL JUSTICE LEGISLATION – WOMEN’S WAGE EQUITY, LGBT, etc. --- QUOTE: - Martinez reflects on the fact that one-third of the Legislature is new this Session: "This class of freshmen went through the most horrendously fought election cycle that we have ever had... How do you govern after that? I was so worried about it. I went to the first meeting of the new incoming class - which is called freshman orientation - and there they were, sitting in two rows, so many of them house and senate, Republican and Democrat smiling, eager, so very proud to be serving their communities. I thought, my God, this is going to work. They are not sore winners, and they are so excited to be part of this institution, this family which is the New Mexico Legislature.” February 10 – This week's guest on REPORT FROM SANTA FE is the new Speaker of the House of Representatives Ken Martinez (D-District 69), who expresses his vision for the 2013 Legislative Session. Sharing personal stories of great Speakers before him, Rep. Martinez talks about his father, Walter Martinez, and the late Ben Lujan. He describes his optimism for smooth coordination and clear communications between the legislative chambers and the fourth floor. New jobs initiatives for the state and important social justice legislation are among his top priorities during this Session. Martinez describes the new Legislative Jobs Council, in which he brings together “all the partners. We should bring in all the labs…the universities, have legislative leadership and our partners, which will be commerce and industry but also labor because no one is more interested in a job than a guy that slings a hammer for a living. Put them all in a room, look at the best practices, and what can we do to create jobs? " ---QUOTES: - Martinez on the Film Industry: "You know film isn't just about million dollar movie stars making money. Film sets are made by carpenters and carpenters love to sling those hammers and make things, and when you are not building houses - our housing stats are way down - and if you can build a film set instead…It is amazing how much construction goes on, in that we could put a lot of New Mexicans to work on films." - Martinez on “Fairness” in New Mexico: “If you come to a state that is fair - it is fair to the poor people, it is fair to people of color, it is fair to our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters - people like coming to that type of atmosphere. They certainly don't want to go to a place where they feel a kind of an oppression, of discrimination, or hardship against the poor. They want to come to a place where people like each other.”