Senator who resigned amid ethic probe gets state pension

Phil Griego
Phil Griego

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) – A state senator who resigned last month amid an ethics probe will get a more than $1,300 a month pension starting this month.

Former Sen. Phil Griego tells The Albuquerque Journal he has no qualms about drawing the pension because he earned it and broke no criminal laws.

The San Jose Democrat resigned on March 14 to avoid disciplinary action by the Senate over a real estate deal approved last year by the Legislature. Griego received a $50,000 broker’s fee for monitoring the sale of a historic state-owned building in Santa Fe to a private buyer.

Griego acknowledged Thursday he violated a constitutional provision barring lawmakers from profiting from laws passed during their term. But says he did so unknowingly and unintentionally. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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