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Ex-UNM law prof Sedillo Lopez appointed to New Mexico Senate

January 14, 2019

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Antoinette Sedillo Lopez, a former University of New Mexico law school associate dean and civil rights activist, has been appointed to a vacant state Senate seat in Albuquerque.

The Bernalillo County Commission voted unanimously on Monday to appointed Sedillo Lopez to finish out the term of Democratic state Sen. Cisco McSorley. He resigned last week to serve as director of the state Probation and Parole.

The county commissioners chose Sedillo Lopez out of 19 candidates who announced last week they would seek the seat.

Sedillo Lopez lost in the Democratic primary last year to Deb Haaland for an open U.S. House seat representing Albuquerque. Haaland went on to win the U.S. Congressional seat in the general election.