Q&A: Carpenter comes home

By Eric Norwood Jr.
PNT staff writer
Jack Carpenter, a 23-year-old field representative for U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., works at the senator’s new office at the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce.
The 2008 Clovis High School graduate has returned to the eastern New Mexico community after attaining a bachelor’s degree at New Mexico State University.
Carpenter now works on behalf of Udall by providing community outreach to Roosevelt, Curry, and five other eastern New Mexico counties.

Jack Carpenter Represents Tom Udall, D-N.M.

Jack Carpenter
Represents Tom Udall, D-N.M.

What does your job entail?
I cover seven counties and we basically help those people communicate back to federal agencies.

How did you get this job?
After graduating, I got an internship in our Washington, D.C., office for a summer. I interned there and afterwards I interned at the office down in Albuquerque. After that I was brought on here.

Being a Clovis native, how does it feel to be that connection from your community to your senator?
It’s been great. I’m real glad I get to cover this area, the place where I’m from. I’ve been getting to see the locals and help out with issues I’ve seen growing up here and the ones I seen now.  It’s a great opportunity being able to come back to the places I’ve known my whole life and being able to help them out.

What are your career goals?
Not sure at this point. I like where I’m at now and I can see myself doing this for awhile.

What types of issues or concerns can citizens approach you about?
A variety of things. Some examples are veteran benefits, social security benefits, housing, federal loan programs, passports.

What are your hobbies?
Being outdoors, I love everything outdoors. Hiking, white-water rafting. I just recently got into skydiving. Anything with adrenaline.

Tell me about your first skydiving experience.
I’ve only been on one so far. It was on a family vacation. I signed up, then my dad signed up, then we all convinced my sister. The three of us all did it. It was a complete blast, the best adrenaline rush ever. There is really nothing you can compare it to.

How does it feel to only be out of school a year and land a job like this?
It’s awesome. It’s great, I never expected to have a job like this out of college. I’m very grateful of it.

Do you have a favorite book?
I would have to say “The Lincoln Lawyer” by Michael Connelly.

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