An experienced and passionate leader
Teresa Leger Fernandez is an experienced and passionate leader running for Congress to expand opportunity for all northern New Mexico working families. A graduate of one of the first classes of Head Start in Las Vegas, New Mexico, Teresa rose all the way to Yale and Stanford Law School. Teresa returned home to serve the communities she loves and founded a social impact law firm. She has represented tribes, minority-owned businesses, and community organizations on issues including civil rights, affordable housing, and community development. Teresa has served as counsel to several Native American tribes and their business enterprises, promoting economic development as well as defending sovereignty, voting rights, and sacred sites. She has served on the board of a local housing nonprofit for 20 years, helping thousands of families buy an affordable home or improve or solarize their homes. She has also served as vice chair of MALDEF, the nation’s preeminent Latino civil rights legal organization defending voting rights, education, and immigrant rights. Teresa is a powerful advocate for Latino cultural expression and acted in and served as president of a bilingual theatre company. She is the proud mother of three sons and enjoys family hikes through New Mexico’s mountains and wilderness.
A champion for New Mexico working families
Teresa has served as a White House Fellow in President Bill Clinton’s administration and worked on affordable housing and community development initiatives as a White House liaison at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. In 2015, President Obama appointed her to serve as vice chair of the Advisory Council On Historic Preservation, and she has worked to revisit policies and programs to better reflect our country’s racial, ethnic, and geographic diversity. Teresa has brought her federal government experience to her service in New Mexico, and is ready to bring her diverse experience to Congress. She believes that New Mexico’s multicultural understanding is a model for the nation. “We know how to talk with each other and come to solutions that respect each other. That ability to both listen to all three cultures and say, ‘This is what makes us strong, and this is what I can represent in Congress.’” As commissioner for Las Acequias de Chupadero, she helped defeat a developer’s attempt to take the acequias’ water out of her community, and environmental protection is a top priority for her. “Now is the time to act to protect what we love,” she has said. “We need to act to protect our planet from the ravages of climate change.” When elected, she will fight tirelessly for major investments in clean energy infrastructure that grow the economy and preserve New Mexico’s unique environment for generations to come. When elected, she will champion policies that expand access to quality healthcare. Teresa is a cancer survivor who understands the importance of coverage for pre-existing conditions for all New Mexicans. She will fight any attempts to rollback protections in the Affordable Care Act.
An opportunity to bring a new perspective to Congress
Teresa is running for an open seat in New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District. This historically Democratic district has never before been represented by a woman, and Teresa has what it takes to give northern New Mexico’s women of color a new voice in Congress and change the way Washington runs. She is building a strong grassroots campaign across the communities she has served throughout her career, and with the full support of the EMILY’s List community, she can bring her powerful leadership and vision to the House.