Leo will add LGBTQ representation to the New Mexico State Senate
Leo Jaramillo is a native son of the Espanola Valley and a proud alumnus of Espanola Valley High School. Upon high school graduation, Jaramillo attended the University of New Mexico, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication and Journalism and a Master of Arts in Education/Curriculum Design and Instructional Leadership from the College of Santa Fe. Jaramillo had the opportunity to work as a news writer/producer for KRQE News 13 in Albuquerque and as a middle school teacher in Belen prior to returning to the Espanola Valley.
Since 2003, Jaramillo has been employed at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) where he has served as a professional staff assistant, communication specialist, training specialist, recruiter, financial analyst, and most recently, chief of staff. Jaramillo was elected to serve his first term on the Rio Arriba County Commission (District 2) in 2019 and is the first openly gay man to be elected in the county. Jaramillo was elected by his fellow Commissioners to serve as the Commission Chairman on January 28, 2020. Jaramillo has been a long-time community advocate, coach, and mentor who has educated his community on LGBTQ issues.