Larrazolo was born in Mexico
in 1859 and came to the United States as a child for educational opportunities. He worked as an educator and became a US citizen
in 1884 before turning his focus to law.
Before serving as a state attorney
in Texas, Larrazolo worked as a court clerk and studied law at night. He moved to New Mexico to practice law.
He began his political aspirations with the Democratic Party. Larrazolo ran three unsuccessful campaigns
to serve as a territorial delegate to Congress. But it was his loyalty to New Mexico's Hispanic community that drove him to leave the party.
Larrazolo felt that the Democrats weren't supporting or representing the Hispanic community
during the state's constitutional convention. His government biography
describes Larrazolo's concern for Hispanics and his desire to protect them from an environment like the Jim Crow South. He joined the Republicans
As a Republican, Larrazolo won the state's governorship in 1918 by a margin of about 1,300 votes.
During his time in office, he supported
child welfare and education as well as women's suffrage. The Republican Party did not renominate him.
After his time as governor, Larrazolo served in the New Mexico House
before making history in 1928. He was elected to go to Washington to serve out
the term of a Democratic senator who had died in office, becoming the chamber's first Hispanic member.
Larrazolo was only able to serve a few months before also falling ill. He died in New Mexico in 1930.