Teresa (Teresa) Leger Fernandez (D-USH03)
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Capitol: 202.225.6190
FAX: 202.225.1528
District: 505.428.4680
Representative
Room 1510 LHOB- Longworth House Office Building 15 Independence Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20515-3103

Residence: Santa Fe, NM
Elected: 2020    Next Election: 2024
DOB: 7/1/1959
Committee Assignments
RM MemberHouse Subcommittee on Legislative and Budget Process
RM MemberHouse Subcommittee on Indian and Insular Affairs
Co-ChairCongressional Head Start to Congress Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Ski and Snowboard Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development
FC MemberCongressional Rural Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Rules
Co-ChairCongressional Rural Broadband Caucus
FC MemberNational Heritage Area Caucus
FC MemberHouse Science and National Labs Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Federal Lands
MemberHouse Committee on Natural Resources
FC MemberCongressional Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Task Force
FC MemberDemocratic Women's Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Education and the Workforce
FC MemberCongressional Native American Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Bipartisan Rural Health Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Hispanic Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Mental Health Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Labor Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Diabetes Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Progressive Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBTQ+) Equality Caucus

Bio

Congresswoman Teresa Leger Fernandez represents New Mexico's 3rd Congressional District.

Teresa is a 17th generation Northern New Mexican. Born in Las Vegas, New Mexico, she was part of the state's first Head Start class. Teresa went on to graduate from Yale and Stanford Law School.

After law school, Teresa worked as an attorney and advocate and won important legal battles to advance voting rights, promote tribal sovereignty, and protect our environment and acequia waters. She also served as an acequia commissioner.

As a public interest lawyer, she helped secure nearly a billion dollars for and then helped build schools, rural health clinics, broadband, businesses, affordable housing, and critical infrastructure for New Mexico. She has worked to protect voting rights and create a more inclusive democracy. She was also a Clinton and Obama presidential appointee and worked as a White House Fellow on housing issues and as Vice Chair of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.

In Congress, Teresa serves on the House Rules Committee as Ranking Member of its Subcommittee on Legislative and Budget Process. Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries placed his trust in the congresswoman to represent the minority in this powerful committee. She also serves on the House Committee on Natural Resources as the Ranking Member of its Subcommittee on Indian and Insular Affairs. As Ranking Member, her focus is to build on the momentum from last Congress. When Leger Fernandez was chair of the subcommittee, they made historic investments and passed the STOP Act to crack down on the trafficking of tribal cultural items. Congresswoman Leger Fernandez also serves on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. As a member of the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development, she is committed to making the paths to higher education and workforce development equitably available. For her advocacy and work for women's rights, Teresa's colleagues voted her to be the Vice Chair of the Congressional Democratic Women's Caucus. Teresa also serves as a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

Teresa is the Co-Chair of the National Labs Caucus and the Rural Broadband Caucus. She is also a proud member of the following- Congressional Progressive Caucus, Diabetes Caucus, Labor Caucus, LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus, Mental Health Caucus, National Heritage Area Caucus, Native American Caucus, PFAS Caucus, Pro-Choice Caucus, Rural Caucus, Ski Caucus, and the Assisting Caregivers Today (ACT) Caucus.

When the U.S. Forest Service started the biggest fire in New Mexico's history in April of 2022, people lost their homes, their ranches, and their livelihoods. Teresa knew the USFS must be held accountable and secured a pause on prescribed burns. She helped pass the Hermit's Peak Calf Canyon Fire Assistance Act securing $3.95 billion to create an entirely new program to compensate victims of the fire and pay for the replacement of the damaged Las Vegas water treatment facility so that residents could have access to clean water. Teresa believes everyone needs access to health care no matter their income, insurance, or zip code. Quality and affordable health care is essential for our communities to thrive. As a breast cancer survivor, she understands how important it is to protect individuals with pre-existing conditions. As someone who lost two brothers to addiction, she wants to make sure no family experiences the same pain that her family did. In Congress, she introduced the Campus Prevention and Recovery Services for Students Act to address alcohol and substance use on college campuses.