Leo Jaramillo

New Mexico State Senate, District 5

Leo is a crucial voice for equality as the only out gay Senator in New Mexico!


Elected in November 2020, State Senator Leo Jaramillo represents New Mexico Senate District 5, which includes Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Sandoval, and Santa Fe Counties. Senator Jaramillo currently serves as the Vice Chairman of the Rules Committee and serves as a member of the Corporations and Transportation Committee in the New Mexico Senate. Senator Jaramillo is a native son of the Española Valley and a proud alumnus of Española Valley High School. A sense of dedication to public service was instilled in him at a young age by his family. His passion for advocating for his community led him to an elected position on the Rio Arriba County Commission where he served as chairman of the board before being elected to the New Mexico State Senate. Senator Jaramillo champions Northern New Mexico’s children, seniors, farmers, ranchers, and individuals suffering from drug and alcohol addiction on and off the Senate floor. A few of Senator Jaramillo’s legislative priorities which made it to the Governor’s desk in 2023 included providing free nutritious breakfast and lunch for students K-12; providing free menstrual hygiene products in elementary, middle, and high school restrooms, increasing the law enforcement fund distribution by $100M for the recruitment and retention of police officers across the state, and election administration changes which modernize election security and administration in New Mexico by making updates to the Election Code. Recently, Senator Jaramillo was appointed as the Vice Chairman of Media and Culture by the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL). The NHCSL serves and represents the interests of Hispanic legislators from all states, commonwealths, and territories of the United States. In 2023, Senator Jaramillo was named as one of the top 55 first term legislators from across the United States. He participated in the State Legislative Leaders Foundation at the University of Virginia with other top legislators who have demonstrated the skills and aptitude to attain positions of greater political responsibility. Senator Jaramillo earned his bachelor’s degree in mass communication and journalism from the University of New Mexico and went on to earn his master’s degree in Curriculum Design and Instructional Leadership from The College of Santa Fe. Senator Jaramillo is the Staff Operations Manager for the Associate Laboratory Director of Facilities and Operations at Los Alamos National Laboratory.