Jacob Candelaria was brought up in a working class neighborhood in Albuquerque. A graduate of Princeton University, Jacob is currently in his last year at the University of New Mexico School of Law. Since joining the Senate, Jacob has developed a proven track record of passing common sense, bipartisan legislation, aimed at improving the quality of life for all New Mexicans. Some of his legislative accomplishments include sponsoring and enacting: The Rural and Low Income Schools Broadband Act which marks the single largest investment in broadband connectivity for public school kids in state history, without raising taxes. The Tax Payer Fairness Act which creates a truly independent process for families and businesses to protest their tax bills, ensuring that all tax payers get a fair shake. The Carlos Vigil Bullying Prevention Memorial Act that creates a special state board and fund to support bullying prevention work statewide He has also been a staunch and constant supporter of womens' reproductive choice, and in 2015 passed the first piece of legislation in state history aimed at banning so called "conversion" therapy in New Mexico.
Jacob serves as the Senate Majority Caucus Chairman, making him one of the youngest legislative leaders in the nation. Sen. Candelaria is proud to make the 26th district his home. He is an aspiring amateur chef, and a spinning, pilates, and hot yoga enthusiast.