|President pro tempore of the New Mexico Senate|
January 15, 2013
|Member of the New Mexico Senate|
from the 38th district
|Born||March 19, 1932|
El Paso, Texas, U.S.
|Alma mater||New Mexico State University (BA)|
|Website||State Senate website|
Mary Kuper "Kay" Papen (born March 19, 1932) is an American politician serving as a member of the New Mexico Senate, representing the 38th District since January 2001. Papen is president pro tempore of the New Mexico Senate and has led a coalition of Republicans and conservative Democrats who hold leadership positions in the state Senate, despite the body's 26-16 Democratic majority.
Papen has faced criticism for blocking legislation that would allow voters to consider an amendment that would fund early childhood programs using 1% more yearly from the state's $18 million Land Grant Permanent Fund.
In the 2020 election, Papen faced a primary challenge from Carrie Hamblen, the former president of the Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce. In the June 2 Democratic primary, Papen was defeated by Hamblen.
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