Teresa Leger Fernandez has been fighting for New Mexico’s communities her entire career, from working to prevent toxic coal mine operations and protecting clean water to safeguarding the voting rights of Indigenous communities.
Leger Fernandez is an attorney with 30 years of experience representing tribes and their business entities, as well as working with community leaders on affordable housing, civil rights, and community development. As Commissioner of Las Acequias de Chupadero, Leger Fernandez successfully defeated a developer’s attempt to take the Acequias’ water out of the Chupadero Valley. She was appointed a White House Fellow by President Clinton and Vice Chair of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation by President Obama. She has advocated to increase community solar, assisted in developing renewable energy legislation, and secured over $70 million to rebuild contaminated and dilapidated water and wastewater infrastructure for low-income villages and communities.
In Congress, she will be a fierce advocate for public lands and Indigenous rights and is committed to tackling the climate crisis and addressing environmental injustice.
Leger Fernandez joins the U.S. House to fill the seat of Representative Ben Ray Luján, who earned a 96% lifetime score on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard and was elected to represent New Mexico in the U.S. Senate.
In her own words:
“As New Mexicans, our land, air, and water are a fundamental part of who we are. I will take the bold and courageous action in Congress that is necessary in this climate crisis to protect this beautiful planet we all call home.”
Source: LCVAF Press Release.