Chandler is a long-time resident of Los Alamos County serving her first term in the New Mexico House of Representatives, Dist. 43 (Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Sandoval and Santa Fe counties). Her legislative committee assignments include House Taxation & Revenue and Judiciary.
Prior to her election to the New Mexico House, Chandler had been a two-term Los Alamos County Councilor and has worked on numerous local civic boards and commissions. Before her retirement, she was a Los Alamos National Laboratory lawyer and group leader, having managed the Litigation Group in the Office of Laboratory Counsel. Chandler has law degrees from Boston College and Georgetown University Law Schools.