By Barry Massey and
Susan Montoya Bryan
The Associated Press
SANTA FE — House Speaker Ben Lujan has lung cancer and will not seek re-election this year, the 76-year-old announced Tuesday in a dramatic opening of a 30-day legislative session.
The Santa Fe Democrat, who has been speaker since 2001, made his announcement as shocked lawmakers wept and his wife, Carmen, son Democratic Congressman Ben Ray Lujan and other family members looked on.