Sen. Cliff Pirtle, R-Roswell, raises his hand to vote against a bill Monday on the Senate floor at the Roundhouse.

Santa Fe County sheriff’s deputies investigated a domestic disturbance Sunday morning involving Sen. Cliff Pirtle, a leading Republican from Roswell, whose wife alleged she found him in a rented Santa Fe home with another woman, according to law enforcement documents.

Pirtle, who was largely missing from Monday’s Senate floor session, said in a brief interview it was a “personal matter.”

“I would appreciate privacy for my family as we work through this,” said Pirtle, who appeared emotionally distraught.

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