About Senator Antoinette Sedillo Lopez
Senator Antoinette Sedillo Lopez became the State Senator for NM Senate District 16 in 2019.
Antoinette is a long time community leader focused on the critical social, economic, environmental, and civil rights issues affecting the lives of all New Mexicans. After serving as a Law Professor at UNM for more than twenty-five years—including eight years as an Associate Dean—she became the executive director of a non-profit serving victims of domestic violence in the Latino immigrant community of Central New Mexico. Her years of community involvement and legal expertise exceptionally qualify her to serve for her district in Santa Fe.
Antoinette grew up in the small New Mexico farming village of Los Chavez. She went to UNM and then UCLA School of Law. In 1984, she found her passion for teaching when she became a law professor at UNM School of Law. She soon became the first Latina to earn tenure at UNM. She later went on to become the Director of UNM's legal clinic, where law students practiced law in a pro-bono clinic, helping people in our community with their legal needs. Throughout her career as a Law Professor, she published numerous books, articles, and poems; she organized and presented at many important legal education conferences; and she earned many awards for her excellence, service, and leadership.
After a nearly 30 year career of teaching, Antoinette left the Law School at UNM to head up an domestic violence advocacy and service non-profit organization called Enlace Commuitario. In 2017, she was recruited to run for Congress serving New Mexico's 1st Congressional District. Throughout the campaign she developed some strong policy potions and learned from thousands of people along the campaign trail.
In 2019, the opportunity to replace Senator Cisco McSorely in the Senate came up and she applied and was selected by the Bernalillo County Commission.
Senator Antoinette Sedillo Lopez is dedicated to passing effective laws and policies that benefit all New Mexicans and reflect the will of her district in SE Albuquerque.