Jacob Candelaria

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Jacob Candelaria
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New Mexico State Senate District 26
In office
Term ends
December 31, 2016
Years in position 2
Base salary$0/year
Per diem$159/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sPrinceton University (2005)
Office website
Campaign website
Jacob R. Candelaria is a Democratic member of the New Mexico State Senate, representing District 26. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Candelaria has worked as a leadership fellow with Think New Mexico, a Santa Fe-based think tank, working on education reform legislation to address New Mexico's high-school dropout rates. He has also spent time as a program evaluator for the New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee. He served as a policy analyst to former state house Speaker Ben Lujan (D-Nambe).[1]


Candelaria received an B.A. in Public Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.[1] His professional experience includes serving as executive director of Equality New Mexico, and is a board member of the Learners Chess Academy.[1] Candelaria is the first openly gay state senator in New Mexico's history.[2]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Candelaria served on the following committees:

New Mexico Committee Assignments, 2015
Public Affairs


In the 2013-2014 legislative session, Candelaria served on the following committees:


Pension reform

On July 10, 2013, Candelaria announced he would not accept pension benefits from the New Mexico State Senate until the system is changed. Elected to the chamber when he was 26, Candelaria could have started receiving benefits at age 36. Candelaria believes the system needs tighter age restrictions to prevent situations like his in the future. "I think we need to tighten that up and ensure that retirement means retirement and the taxpayer isn’t footing a 30-year bill when someone like myself could be working at the age of 36," he said. Candelaria calculated that if he started receiving his pension at 36, he would likely receive half a million dollars from the state.[3]



See also: New Mexico State Senate elections, 2012

Candelaria ran in the 2012 election for New Mexico State Senate District 26. He defeated Carlos Jose Villanueva in the Democratic primary on June 5, 2012, and was unchallenged in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

New Mexico State Senate, District 26, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJacob Candelaria 100% 11,463
Total Votes 11,463
New Mexico State Senate, District 26 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJacob Candelaria 68.9% 1,835
Carlos Jose Villanueva 31.1% 828
Total Votes 2,663

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Candelaria is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Candelaria raised a total of $52,968 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 27, 2015.[6]

Jacob Candelaria's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 New Mexico State Senate, District 26 Won $52,968
Grand Total Raised $52,968


Candelaria won election to the New Mexico State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Candelaria raised a total of $52,968.


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In 2013, the 51st New Mexico State Legislature, first session, was in session from January 15 to March 16.[7] In 2014, the 51st New Mexico State Legislature, second session, was in session from January 21 through February 20.[7]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Bernadette Sanchez (D)
New Mexico State Senate District 26
Succeeded by