State Highway Poised to Be Named For Rep. Lucky Varela

State Highway Poised to Be Named For Rep. Lucky Varela

Santa Fe – State Highway 50 is poised to be named for former State Representative Luciano “Lucky” Varela after a memorial passed the House Floor with unanimous consent. House Memorial 71 was introduced by the Speaker of the House Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe) and Representative Patricia Lundstrom (D-Gallup).

“Representative Lucky Varela’s service should serve as an example for all legislators. Naming Highway 50 after him will commemorate his work for New Mexico and honor his service,” said Speaker of the House Brian Egolf.

“Highway 50 runs straight through the heart of where Representative Lucky Varela was born, and it’s only right that this highway will recognize his decades of serving our state,” said Rep. Patricia Lundstrom. “This memorial will be a wonderful reminder to all of us to strive to be as knowledgeable and dedicated as Lucky was.

Following a career in state government, Rep. Varela was elected to the state House of Representatives in 1986 to serve House District 48 and represented that district until 2016. He served as the deputy chair of the House Appropriations and Finance Committee and was a member of the Health, Government and Indian Affairs Committee. The memorial is also sponsored by Debbie A. Rodella (D-Espanola) and Carl Trujillo (D-Santa Fe).