AUGUSTA  — The first Franco-American from Maine to be elected to federal office is going to serve as co-chair of the congressional French Caucus.

Rep. Mike Michaud’s announcement Wednesday came on the same day as the inauguration of Paul LePage, the first Franco to become governor in Maine by popular vote.

Michaud, who met Wednesday with the French ambassador, says he’s honored to help lead the caucus, which was founded in 2003. He’ll be one of four co-chairs.

The caucus’ goal is to foster a dialogue with French officials. Delegations have traveled to France to meet with the French president and to commemorate the 60th anniversary of D-Day.