Haaland on the Passing of Senator John Pinto

May 24, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON D.C. – Congresswoman Deb Haaland released the following statement upon hearing about the passing of New Mexico Senator John Pinto. New Mexico Senator Pinto served in World War II as a Navajo Code Talker and was the longest serving state senator in New Mexico.

“Over the course of many years I have been fortunate to have spent time with Senator John Pinto. From organizing in Indian Country to a visit to the Round House as a Congresswoman, it was always clear Senator Pinto was a fierce advocate for the best interests of New Mexico. The recent photos of him earning his honorary degree from Navajo Technical University made me smile for days, because he was so deserving. He was an incredible ally in our fight to address missing and murdered indigenous women.

“He is with his beloved wife now - who never left his side. The sadness of Senator Pinto’s passing will reverberate with New Mexicans statewide, as his advocacy and love for our state was never ending. His loss to us will be remembered in many ways. My deep condolences to his family and to the Navajo Nation.”