Petra Jimenez Maes on Wednesday was named the first Hispanic woman to become chief justice of a state's highest court.
Maes, a four-year veteran of New Mexico's Supreme Court, was elected by her colleagues. She will be sworn in Friday in Santa Fe.
In New Mexico, the five elected justices select a chief every two years. Typically they rotate the job, giving it to the most senior justice who has not yet held it; this year that was Maes.
New Mexico is also the only state in which Hispanic men have been chief justices, according to the Hispanic National Bar Association.