Hispanic Heritage Month Spotlight

Octaviano Larrazola

Hispanic Heritage Spotlight: Octaviano Larrazola

In 1928 Octaviano Ambrosio Larrazolo was elected to fill the unexpired term of New Mexico. He became the first Hispanic American to serve in the United States Senate.  A former teacher and principal, he was devoted to achieving equality in education for Spanish-speaking Americans. At the 1910 New Mexico constitutional convention, Larrazolo was instrumental in securing the inclusion of a provision recognizing the Spanish language for use in conducting public business, (source: www.senate.gov).