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A Woman in Both Houses: My Career in New Mexico Politics

Pauline Eisenstadt

2012 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award Winner

The first woman to serve in both houses of the New Mexico legislature, Pauline Eisenstadt has witnessed many exciting moments in the state's political history and made much of that history herself. Her memoir takes readers to the floors of the House and Senate, offering an insider's view of how New Mexico's government operates-or doesn't.

"I always had great respect for (Pauline's) integrity, honesty, and leadership, and A Woman in Both Houses does a great job of conveying her character, her concerns, and her profound affection for our state and its citizens.""-Bill Richardson, former governor of New Mexico

"This colorful book offers a unique view from a seat in both the House and the Senate. It is a poignant memoir of one of New Mexico's woman legislator pioneers. Pauline is a true role model for aspiring women leaders in our state and beyond and this book shows us why.""-Diane Denish, former lieutenant governor of New Mexico

"I recommend A Woman in Both Houses to anyone who enjoys viewing New Mexico politics from an insider's perspective.""-Senator Jeff Bingaman


Pauline Eisenstadt has been involved in public service Mexico House of Representatives and the New Mexico Senate. She retired from politics in June 2000.

Jim Belshaw is a columnist with the Albuquerque Journal.


"(Eisenstadt's) memoir is a valuable resource for those readers, female of male, who may wonder what it is really like to be an elected official."


State Legislatures

6 x 9 in. 208 pages 81 halftones