Teresa Leger Fernandez
Teresa Leger Fernandez 117th Congress portrait 2.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Mexico's 3rd district
Assumed office
January 3, 2021
Preceded byBen Ray Luján
Personal details
Teresa Leger

(1959-07-01) July 1, 1959 (age 63)
Las Vegas, New Mexico, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
SpouseLuis Fernandez (divorced)
EducationYale University (BA)
Stanford University (JD)
WebsiteHouse website

Teresa Isabel Leger Fernandez (/tɛˈrɛsɑː ˈlɛər fɛrnɑːndɛs/ teh-RESS-ah LEDGE-ər fehr-NAHN-dess; born July 1, 1959)[1][2] is an American attorney and politician representing New Mexico's 3rd congressional district in the United States House of Representatives.[3][4]

Early life and education

Leger Fernandez was born in Las Vegas, New Mexico.[5] Her mother, Mela Leger, was a bilingual educator and her father, Ray Leger, served as a member of the New Mexico Senate.[6] After graduating from West Las Vegas High School, Leger Fernandez earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University and a Juris Doctor from Stanford Law School.[7]


After graduating from law school, Leger Fernandez returned to New Mexico to work as an attorney, specializing in community-building and tribal advocacy. She was a White House Fellow during the Clinton Administration and later served on the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation during the Obama Administration.[8][9] She also worked as a liaison between the White House Office and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. For 30 years, Leger Fernandez has operated Leger Law and Strategy, LLC in Santa Fe. The firm focuses on community development, tribal advocacy, civil rights, and social justice.[10][11] In 2017, she led a successful effort to implement ranked-choice voting in Santa Fe's municipal elections.[12]

U.S. House of Representatives



Main article: 2020 United States House of Representatives elections in New Mexico § District 3

After incumbent Representative Ben Ray Luján announced that he would not seek reelection in 2020 and instead run for the United States Senate seat being vacated by Tom Udall, Leger Fernandez announced her candidacy to succeed Luján. In the Democratic primary, Leger Fernandez faced six opponents, including New Mexico State Representative Joseph L. Sanchez and Valerie Plame, an author and former CIA officer.[13] During the campaign, Leger Fernandez was endorsed by Congresswoman Deb Haaland, EMILY's List, and The Santa Fe New Mexican.[14][15]

A political progressive, Leger Fernandez was also endorsed by the Working Families Party, Elizabeth Warren, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.[16] She placed first in the primary with over 42% of the vote.[17]

In the November general election, Leger Fernandez defeated Republican nominee Alexis Johnson. She assumed office on January 3, 2021.[18][19]


Committee assignments

Caucus membership

Political positions

Leger Fernandez has advocated a "New Mexico Green New Deal", Medicare for All, a transition from fracking to green energy, and a ban on the sale of military-style semi-automatic rifles.[22] She has also supported comprehensive immigration reform and the DREAM Act.[23]

Personal life

Leger Fernandez and her ex-husband, Luis Fernandez, have three sons.[24]

See also


  1. ^ Baker, Damare (November 30, 2020). "Rep.-elect Teresa Leger Fernandez (D-N.M.-03)". The Hill. Retrieved December 1, 2020.
  2. ^ "Teresa Leger Fernandez". Retrieved January 13, 2021.
  3. ^ "New Mexico Primary Election Results: Third Congressional District". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved June 3, 2020.
  4. ^ Medina, Jennifer (June 3, 2020). "Teresa Leger Fernandez Beats Valerie Plame in New Mexico House Primary". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved June 3, 2020.
  5. ^ Reporter, Megan Bennett | Journal North. "Santa Fe lawyer kicks off campaign for Congress". www.abqjournal.com. Retrieved June 3, 2020.
  6. ^ Grover, Hannah. "Election 2020: Teresa Leger Fernandez hopes to represent Congressional District 3". Tallahassee Democrat. Retrieved July 18, 2020.
  7. ^ Gerstein, Michael. "Leger Fernandez wins Democratic primary for 3rd Congressional District seat". Santa Fe New Mexican. Retrieved June 8, 2020.
  8. ^ Grover, Hannah. "Election 2020: Teresa Leger Fernandez hopes to represent Congressional District 3". Farmington Daily Times. Retrieved June 3, 2020.
  9. ^ "MEET TERESA". Teresa 4 All. Retrieved June 3, 2020.
  10. ^ "Birth Date", Definitions, Qeios, February 7, 2020, doi:10.32388/tmgchm
  11. ^ "Teresa Leger de Fernandez, Rebellious Lawyer". Rebellious Lawyering Institute #RebelliousLawyering. January 7, 2015. Retrieved June 3, 2020.
  12. ^ Editor, T. S. Last | Journal North. "Democratic nominee in CD3 inspired by state senator father". www.abqjournal.com. Retrieved June 9, 2020. ((cite web)): |last= has generic name (help)
  13. ^ "Santa Fe lawyer Leger Fernandez running for Congress". AP NEWS. May 16, 2019. Retrieved June 3, 2020.
  14. ^ Panetta, Grace. "LIVE UPDATES: Valerie Plame and Teresa Leger Fernandez compete in the primary for New Mexico's third district". Business Insider. Retrieved June 3, 2020.
  15. ^ "Endorsements". Teresa 4 All. Retrieved June 3, 2020.
  16. ^ Blaber, Mona (January 23, 2020). "Sierra Club endorses Teresa Leger Fernandez for U.S. House". Rio Grande Chapter. Retrieved July 3, 2020.
  17. ^ Gerstein, Michael. "With clear primary victory, Leger Fernandez eyes November". Santa Fe New Mexican. Retrieved July 3, 2020.
  18. ^ "Teresa Leger Fernandez will take U.S. House District 3 seat". KRQE News 13 Albuquerque - Santa Fe. November 4, 2020. Retrieved November 4, 2020.
  19. ^ Grover, Hannah. "Leger Fernandez wins Democratic nomination for CD3, Johnson leads in Republican primary". Farmington Daily Times. Retrieved June 7, 2020.
  20. ^ "Pelosi Announces Additional Committee Assignments for 117th Congress". Speaker Nancy Pelosi. December 18, 2020. Retrieved January 8, 2021.
  21. ^ "Caucus Members". Congressional Progressive Caucus. Retrieved January 28, 2021.
  22. ^ "Editorial: Our picks for president, Congress". The Taos News. Retrieved June 3, 2020.
  23. ^ Candidate, The. "Q&A: U.S. House District 3 Teresa Leger Fernandez". www.abqjournal.com. Retrieved June 8, 2020.
  24. ^ "Teresa Leger Fernandez For NM US Congress In District Three". Retake Our Democracy. May 23, 2020. Retrieved June 3, 2020.