Dede Feldman served in the New Mexico Senate for 16 years, chairing the Senate Public Affairs Committee and the joint Health and Human Services Committee for most of that time. She is the author of landmark healthcare, water, consumer protection and campaign finance reform legislation including the Graduated Drivers License Program, the Do Not Call List, the Brain Injury Services Fund and many others. Since she left the legislature she has written two books, Inside the New Mexico Senate: Boots, Suits and Citizens and Another Way Forward: Grassroots Solutions from New Mexico. Prior to joining the legislature she ran a small public relations company, and was a journalist and a high school and college teacher.
Dede holds a BA and MA in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania. She moved to the North Valley of Albuquerque in 1975 where she and her husband Mark built one of the area’s first passive solar adobe homes.