For Immediate Release
June 27, 2019
EMILYs List Endorses Teresa Leger Fernandez in New Mexico’s 3rd District
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, endorsed Teresa Leger Fernandez in New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District. Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILYs List, released the following statement:
“Teresa Leger Fernandez is a community leader whose commitment to service will make her an excellent representative for New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District. Teresa’s priorities include strengthening public education, promoting economic growth and security, and protecting New Mexico’s public lands and water. Her experience as an attorney in her community and as a White House fellow has given her the broad range of tools and knowledge needed to be an effective voice for families in her district.
“Teresa is running in a crowded primary to fill an open seat. After helping elect two pro-choice Democratic women to represent New Mexico’s 1st and 2nd Congressional Districts and one to lead the state as governor in 2018, EMILYs List is excited to build on our success and support Teresa in this race.”
Teresa Leger Fernandez has deep roots in northern New Mexico, where her mother was a bilingual education pioneer and her father was a former state Senator and educator. She received her bachelor’s degree from Yale University and her law degree from Stanford Law School. Teresa served as a White House fellow under President Bill Clinton and was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as vice chair of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. A practicing attorney for over 25 years, Teresa has worked as counsel to Native American tribes and their businesses. She enjoys camping, hiking, and rafting in New Mexico’s beautiful mountains with her three sons and large extended family.
EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $600 million to elect pro-choice Democratic women candidates. With a grassroots community of over five million members, EMILY's List helps Democratic women win competitive campaigns – across the country and up and down the ballot – by recruiting and training candidates, supporting strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, and turning out women voters to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect 150 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 16 governors, and nearly 1,100 women to state and local office. Nearly 40 percent of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. During the historic 2017-2018 cycle, EMILYs List raised a record-breaking $110 million and launched a record independent expenditure campaign. We helped elect 34 new women to the House, including 24 red-to-blue victories; enough seats to have delivered the U.S. House majority alone. Since the 2016 election, more than 46,000 women have reached out to EMILY's List about running for office laying the groundwork for the next decade of candidates for local, state and national offices.