As a longtime law professor and civil rights activist, Antoinette Sedillo Lopez never saw herself as a potential politician, but others did.
After Donald Trump was elected president in 2016, a former law student of hers told Sedillo Lopez that her understanding of constitutional law would be of immense value in a Congress likely to be challenged by Trump’s leadership. Sedillo Lopez took the advice to heart, and after watching millions of women pour into the streets to protest Trump the day after the inauguration, she decided to jump into New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District race.
“We need someone who has a deep understanding of the Constitution and someone who knows how government works,” she said in a Journal interview. “I think that’s absolutely critical in these times with this president. I’m one of these people responding to our current crisis.”