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Joseph J. Carraro was a State Senator in New Mexico for over twenty years, beginning in 1985 and ending his service in 2009. He was a former acquaintance and supporter of Ronald Reagan who encouraged him to run for elected office. His first election race in 1984 he ran in a district had a 4 to 1 Democrat majority and he won as a Republican 2 to 1. He was named National Outstanding Legislator of the Year. In 2008 he changed his political registration from Republican to independent.
Senator Carraro received an MBA and a PhD; and has taught Organizational and Human Behavior and Professional Ethics in graduate school, and President of the Executive Management Association of New Mexico. As a financial analyst he worked on Wall Street for Merrill Lynch and became a stockbroker and used that experience as Chairman of a Multi-Billion dollar Investment Oversight Committee when he was a State Senator. He has previously founded and owned Carraro's Italian Restaurants, and founded Project Share, a private homeless feeding program in Albuquerque He is currently an author, lecturer, and playwright and continues his international consulting business Carraro and Associates Inc. As a State Senator he championed the causes of the developmentally disabled, autism, small business, and cancer and disease research. As a Senator, he learned by listening and asking questions and doing whatever was necessary to get the job done. During the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, he was responsible for getting the gasoline needed to run the generators in New Orleans, and was then tasked with mopping floors in the emergency trauma center, taking those morbidly obese to the bathroom, and helping organize Angel Flights for those who lost their homes to be reunited with family members throughout the country, and eventually being placed in charge of the psychiatric triage. He was then singled out by the Louisiana Legislature in the passing of a resolution in his honor for his response and contribution to those in desperate need. He always says he knows what it takes to get the job done, whether dealing with the head of a country or cleaning up someone else’s mess. He also headed the Venezuelan Medical Recovery and Disaster Relief effort.
He became an Executive Committee Member of the prestigious National Energy Council and attended the MacGuire Energy Institute at SMU and met with Energy Ministers from around the World.and served on National Legislative Committees of Finance, International Affairs, Educatioin and Chairman of the Trade and Transportation Committee of the Council of State Governments and appointed by President Clinton to the Commission for Disabled Americans.
- "Albuquerque Journal: Joe Carraro Leaves GOP, Registers Independent". Retrieved 2009-07-01.
- "Albuquerque Tribune: New Mexico Sen. Carraro enters District 1 race for U.S. Congress". Retrieved 2009-07-01.