Optic Staff and Wire
Torrance County Republican Ted Barela is the newest member of the New Mexico Senate.
He was sworn in Friday during a ceremony at the Estancia Community Center.
Barela fills the seat left vacant by the abrupt resignation of Democrat Phil Griego during the final week of the recent 60-day legislative session.
Griego, who resides in San Miguel County, held the Senate District 39 seat for more than 18 years. His resignation stemmed from an ethics issue over his role in the sale of a state-owned building in Santa Fe.