Jacob CandelariaAfter becoming New Mexico’s only openly gay state lawmaker last month, Jacob Candelaria was elected as chairman of the state senate Democratic caucus yesterday.

Candelaria is the first out person to serve in a leadership role in either chamber of the New Mexico state legislature, and may be the youngest member elected to leadership in state history.

As chairman, Candelaria will play a major part in the passage of caucus legislative priorities.

Senator-elect Candelaria released the following statement on his historic caucus election:

I am ready to work with leadership and our members to build a better New Mexico for this state’s working families by creating the jobs our families needs, providing every New Mexico child the opportunity to reach their full potential, protecting our natural heritage for future generations, and ensuring equality for all.