- Jeff Bingaman
Jeff Bingaman United States Senator
from New Mexico
Incumbent Assumed office
January 3, 1983
Serving with Tom Udall
Preceded by Harrison Schmitt Chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Incumbent Assumed office
January 4, 2007
Preceded by Pete Domenici In office
June 6, 2001 – January 3, 2003
Preceded by Frank Murkowski Succeeded by Pete Domenici In office
January 3, 1983 – January 20, 2001
Preceded by Frank Murkowski Succeeded by Frank Murkowski Attorney General of New Mexico In office
Governor Bruce King Preceded by Toney Anaya Succeeded by Paul Bardacke Personal details Born October 3, 1943
El Paso, Texas
Spouse(s) Anne Kovacovich Bingaman Residence Santa Fe, New Mexico Alma mater Harvard University (B.A.)
Stanford University (J.D.)
Occupation Attorney Religion Methodist Website Senator Jeff Bingaman Military service Service/branch United States Army Years of service 1968-1974 Unit Reserves
Jesse Francis "Jeff" Bingaman, Jr. (born October 3, 1943), is the senior U.S. Senator from New Mexico and a member of the Democratic Party. He serves as Chairman of Committee Outreach for the Senate Democratic Caucus.
Previously, Bingaman was Attorney General of New Mexico.
- 1 Early life
- 2 State Attorney General
- 3 U.S. Senate
- 4 Political positions
- 5 Electoral history
- 6 Footnotes
- 7 External links
Bingaman was born in El Paso, Texas to Frances Bethia Ball and Jesse Francis Bingaman. He grew up in Silver City, New Mexico. His father taught at Western New Mexico University and his mother taught in the public schools system. At age 15, he earned the rank of Eagle Scout. The Boy Scouts of America later presented Bingaman with their Distinguished Eagle Scout Award.
After graduating from Silver High School, Bingaman went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in government from Harvard University in 1965. He then entered Stanford Law School, graduating in 1968. He met his wife Anne Kovacovich while attending law classes. They have one son.
After his admission to the bar, Bingaman commenced work as a private practice attorney alongside his wife. He also served as counsel to the New Mexico Constitutional Convention of 1969. From 1968 to 1974, Bingaman was a member of the U.S. Army Reserve.
State Attorney General
Bingaman had worked briefly in the state attorney general's office. He ran for the leadership position of this office in 1978 and was elected. Environmental and antitrust issues were some of his biggest concerns while in this position.
- Committee on Armed Services
- Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (Chairman)
- Committee on Finance
- Subcommittee on Health Care
- Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources, and Infrastructure (Chairman)
- Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness
- Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
- Subcommittee on Children and Families
- Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging
- Joint Economic Committee
- Congressional Competitiveness Caucus (Co-Chair)
- International Conservation Caucus
- Senate Diabetes Caucus
In 1982, Bingaman unseated the one term incumbent, Harrison Schmitt to win his first term in the Senate. Bingaman is Chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee and a member of the Finance Committee; Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee; and Joint Committee on the Economy.
Generally, Bingaman keeps a lower national profile than conventional wisdom would suggest for a five-term Senator. However, he is very popular in New Mexico; he has only faced substantive opposition once, in 1994.
Bingaman and his Senate colleague Pete Domenici were the longest serving duo among senators in the 110th United States Congress (2007–2009). In second place were Edward Kennedy and John Kerry of Massachusetts. Bingaman was the most senior junior senator in the 110th United States Congress. Currently, Bingaman is the senior senator from New Mexico. On April 28, 2008, Jeff Bingaman endorsed Senator Barack Obama for the 2008 Democratic Presidential Nomination.
Being from a border state with Mexico, Bingaman has been much involved in the debate over illegal immigration. He believes in increased enforcement of borders to stem the flow of illegal immigrants, including more patrol agents and the use of surveillance cameras. However, he also believes that the U.S. should enact a guest worker program so that immigrants looking for honest work can arrive legally.
Energy and the environment
Throughout his political career, Bingaman has burnished a pro-environmental record. He has worked consistently to protect wildlife and public lands. He spoke publicly about the necessity of the Clean Energy Act of 2007, citing the importance of developing clean technology and green jobs. He stated his support for the bill's principle of eliminating tax breaks on gas and oil companies.
Since 2006, Bingaman has been working on a bill that would reduce greenhouse gas emissions via a "cap and trade" system." He has stated that he would like to see his plan implemented so that emissions would be reduced to 1990 levels by 2030. His bill would also increase levels of federal funding for research and development of green technologies.
Abortion, media and gay rights
Bingaman has voted in line with the majority of his party on abortion, and he has received a 100% rating from the pro-choice NARAL. He has voiced his support to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine. Although he voted in 1996 for the Defense of Marriage Act, he voted against a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, and has been ranked favorably by gay rights groups (89% from the HRC). He has also voted twice against a proposed amendment to ban flag desecration and has supported affirmative action.
On October 11, 2002, Jeff Bingaman was among the 23 Senators who did not vote for authorizing the Iraq War.
Crime and torture
Bingaman has a generally prorehabilitation stance on crime, supporting more programs to prevent youth crime, lower high school dropout rates, and stop drug use. Bingaman has been an outspoken critic of the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay. He cites the need for due process of law for detainees by saying:
- "The current practice of holding detainees or prisoners indefinitely, without affording them basic due process rights, has been widely criticized in this country and throughout the world. For a country such as ours that has consistently advocated for the rule of law, the policies of the current administration are nothing short of a major embarrassment... How we handle prisoners can have a dramatic impact on how our own men and women are treated in the event they are themselves taken prisoner."
Health care reform
Bingaman supported President Barack Obama's health reform legislation; he voted for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in December 2009, and he voted for the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.
- United States Senate election in New Mexico, 2006
- Jeff Bingaman (D) (inc.), 70.6%
- Allen McCulloch (R), 29.3%
- Orlin G. Cole, 0.06%
- United States Senate election in New Mexico, 2000
- Jeff Bingaman (D) (inc.), 61.7%
- Bill Redmond (R), 38.25%
- Orlin G. Cole, 0.04%
- United States Senate election in New Mexico, 1994
- Jeff Bingaman (D) (inc.), 53.97%
- Colin R. McMillan (R), 45.99%
- United States Senate election in New Mexico, 1988
- Jeff Bingaman (D) (inc.), 63.2%
- Bill Valentine (R), 36.8%
- United States Senate election in New Mexico, 1982
- Jeff Bingaman (D), 53.8%
- Harrison Schmitt (R) (inc.), 46.2%
- ^ McPike, Erin (2011-02-18). "Jeff Bingaman to Retire". Real Clear Politics. http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2011/02/18/jeff_bingaman_to_retire_108948.html. Retrieved 2011-02-18. "New Mexico Democratic Senator Jeff Bingaman will announce his retirement today, Democratic sources confirmed. Bingaman, who is serving his fifth term, is among the most senior Democrats in the Senate. He also serves as chair of the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources."
- ^ Cillizza, Chris (2011-02-18). "Jeff Bingaman to retire". Washington Post. http://voices.washingtonpost.com/thefix/senate/jeff-bingaman-to-retire.html. Retrieved 2011-02-18. "New Mexico Democratic Sen. Jeff Bingaman is expected to announce his retirement today, according to a source close to the decision, a move that further complicates his party's efforts to hold their Senate majority in 2012."
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- ^ "About Jeff Bingaman". Jeff Bingaman, US Senator from New Mexico. http://bingaman.senate.gov/about/. Retrieved 2006-11-07.
- ^ "Distinguished Eagle Scouts". Scouting.org. http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/02-529.pdf. Retrieved 2010-11-04.
- ^ "U.S. Senator Bingaman: Border Issues". Bingaman.senate.gov. 2009-02-13. http://bingaman.senate.gov/policy/issues/border.cfm. Retrieved 2010-08-29.
- ^ Andrews, Edmund L. (January 19, 2007). "House Votes to Rescind Oil Drillers' Tax Breaks". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/19/business/19royalty.html. Retrieved April 2, 2010.
- ^ http://www.cq.com/display.do?docid=2548853&sourcetype=6
- ^ "New Mexico Democrat Supports Revival of Fairness Doctrine". Breitbart.tv. 2008-10-22. http://www.breitbart.tv/?p=203333. Retrieved 2010-08-29.
- ^ "Jeff Bingaman on the Issues". Ontheissues.org. http://www.ontheissues.org/Senate/Jeff_Bingaman.htm. Retrieved 2010-08-29.
- ^ "U.S. Senate: Legislation & Records Home > Votes > Roll Call Vote". Senate.gov. http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=107&session=2&vote=00237. Retrieved 2010-08-29.
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- ^ "U.S. Senate: Legislation & Records Home > Votes > Roll Call Vote". Senate.gov. http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=2&vote=00105. Retrieved 2010-08-29.
- United States Senator Jeff Bingaman official U.S. Senate site
- Biography at WhoRunsGov.com at The Washington Post
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Voting record maintained by The Washington Post
- Biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Congressional profile at GovTrack
- Congressional profile at OpenCongress
- Issue positions and quotes at On The Issues
- Financial information at OpenSecrets.org
- Staff salaries, trips and personal finance at LegiStorm.com
- Campaign finance reports and data at the Federal Election Commission
- Appearances on C-SPAN programs
- Collected news and commentary at The New York Times
- Profile at SourceWatch
Legal offices Preceded by
Attorney General of New Mexico
United States Senate Preceded by
United States Senator (Class 1) from New Mexico
Served alongside: Pete Domenici, Tom Udall
Incumbent Political offices Preceded by
Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
2007 – present
Incumbent United States order of precedence Preceded by
United States Senators by seniority
United States Senators from New Mexico Class 1 Class 2 Chairpersons and Ranking Members of United States Senate committees Chairpersons (Democratic) Ranking Members (Republican)
Debbie Stabenow (Michigan) – Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry
Daniel Inouye (Hawaii) – Appropriations
Carl Levin (Michigan) – Armed Services
Tim Johnson (South Dakota) – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Kent Conrad (North Dakota) – Budget
Jay Rockefeller (West Virginia) – Commerce, Science and Transportation
Jeff Bingaman (New Mexico) – Energy and Natural Resources
Barbara Boxer (California) – Environment and Public Works
Max Baucus (Montana) – Finance
John Kerry (Massachusetts) – Foreign Relations
Tom Harkin (Iowa) – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Joe Lieberman (Connecticut) – Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Daniel Akaka (Hawaii) – Indian Affairs
Patrick Leahy (Vermont) – Judiciary
Chuck Schumer (New York) – Rules and Administration
Mary Landrieu (Louisiana) – Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Patty Murray (Washington) – Veterans' Affairs
Barbara Boxer (California) – Ethics (Select)
Dianne Feinstein (California) – Intelligence (Select)
Herb Kohl (Wisconsin) – Aging (Special)
Pat Roberts (Kansas) – Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry
Thad Cochran (Mississippi) – Appropriations
John McCain (Arizona) – Armed Services
Richard Shelby (Alabama) – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Jeff Sessions (Alabama) – Budget
Kay Bailey Hutchison (Texas) – Commerce, Science and Transportation
Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) – Energy and Natural Resources
Jim Inhofe (Oklahoma) – Environment and Public Works
Orrin Hatch (Utah) – Finance
Richard Lugar (Indiana) – Foreign Relations
Mike Enzi (Wyoming) – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Susan Collins (Maine) – Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
John Barrasso (Wyoming) – Indian Affairs
Chuck Grassley (Iowa) – Judiciary
Lamar Alexander (Tennessee) – Rules and Administration
Olympia Snowe (Maine) – Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Richard Burr (North Carolina) – Veterans' Affairs
Johnny Isakson (Georgia) – Ethics (Select)
Saxby Chambliss (Georgia) – Intelligence (Select)
Bob Corker (Tennessee) – Aging (Special)
Current members of the United States Senate
AL: Shelby (R), Sessions (R)
AK: Murkowski (R), Begich (D)
AZ: McCain (R), Kyl (R)
AR: Pryor (D), Boozman (R)
CA: Feinstein (D), Boxer (D)
CO: M. Udall (D), Bennet (D)
CT: Lieberman (I), Blumenthal (D)
DE: Carper (D), Coons (D)
FL: C.W. Nelson (D), Rubio (R)
GA: Chambliss (R), Isakson (R)
HI: Inouye (D), Akaka (D)
ID: Crapo (R), Risch (R)
IL: Durbin (D), Kirk (R)
IN: Lugar (R), Coats (R)
IA: Grassley (R), Harkin (D)
KS: Roberts (R), Moran (R)
KY: McConnell (R), Paul (R)
LA: Landrieu (D), Vitter (R)
ME: Snowe (R), Collins (R)
MD: Mikulski (D), Cardin (D)
MA: Kerry (D), S.P. Brown (R)
MI: Levin (D), Stabenow (D)
MN: Klobuchar (D), Franken (D)
MS: Cochran (R), Wicker (R)
MO: McCaskill (D), Blunt (R)
MT: Baucus (D), Tester (D)
NE: E.B. Nelson (D), Johanns (R)
NV: Reid (D), Heller (R)
NH: Shaheen (D), Ayotte (R)
NJ: Lautenberg (D), Menendez (D)
NM: Bingaman (D), T. Udall (D)
NY: Schumer (D), Gillibrand (D)
NC: Burr (R), Hagan (D)
ND: Conrad (D), Hoeven (R)
OH: S.C. Brown (D), Portman (R)
OK: Inhofe (R), Coburn (R)
OR: Wyden (D), Merkley (D)
PA: Casey (D), Toomey (R)
RI: Reed (D), Whitehouse (D)
SC: Graham (R), DeMint (R)
SD: T. Johnson (D), Thune (R)
TN: Alexander (R), Corker (R)
TX: Hutchison (R), Cornyn (R)
UT: Hatch (R), Lee (R)
VT: Leahy (D), Sanders (I)
VA: Webb (D), Warner (D)
WA: Murray (D), Cantwell (D)
WV: Rockefeller (D), Manchin (D)
WI: Kohl (D), R. Johnson (R)
WY: Enzi (R), Barrasso (R)
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