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Biography

Elected: 2012, term expires 2018, 1st term.

Born: October 17, 1971, Fallon, NV

Home: Albuquerque, NM

Education: U. of MO, B.S.E., 1995

Professional Career: NM natural resources trustee, 2006-08; Exec. dir., The Cottonwood Gulch Foundation, 1997-2002.

Ethnicity: White/Caucasian

Religion: Lutheran

Family: Married (Julie) , 2 children

Democratic Rep. Martin Heinrich became New Mexico’s junior senator after winning the seat of retiring five-term Sen. Jeff Bingaman in 2012. He defeated former Republican Rep. Heather Wilson by portraying himself as a younger version of Bingaman: a deliberate, if unflashy, thinker interested in science and devoted to protecting the federal government’s large New Mexico presence.

Heinrich (HYN-rikh) was born in Fallon, Nev., the son of an electrician and a factory worker. His parents moved to Missouri when he was a child, and he earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Missouri. He moved to New Mexico in 1995 to found a political consulting business and serve as executive director of The Cottonwood Gulch Foundation, which runs adventure programs in the Southwest. In 2003, he was elected to the Albuquerque City Council. His signature issue was increasing New Mexico’s minimum wage in 2006. Heinrich worked with the city’s business leaders and community activists to produce compromise legislation mandating a gradual increase. He also lobbied for federal protection of the Ojito Wilderness.

Encouraged by then-Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson, Heinrich announced that he would challenge Wilson for her House seat in 2008. National Democrats backed Heinrich’s candidacy, and he defeated three other hopefuls in the primary. In October 2007, Wilson announced her intention to give up the seat to run for the Senate. (She lost in the primary.)

Republicans fielded a strong replacement in Bernalillo County Sheriff Darren White. But Heinrich tied White to the unpopular incumbent president by reminding voters that White had served as President George W. Bush’s Bernalillo County reelection chairman in 2004. White in turn questioned Heinrich’s business practices, saying nonprofit groups paid him for advocacy work without his first registering as a lobbyist. Heinrich maintained that the law had not required him to register when he was a political consultant for the Coalition for New Mexico Wilderness from 2002 to 2005. Thanks in part to that year’s Democratic wave, Heinrich won easily, 56% to 44%.

Like Bingaman, Heinrich, during his two terms in the House, advocated expanding energy production through a broad range of sources. He also sought to avoid being a down-the-line Democrat. He supported many of President Barack Obama’s major initiatives, including the 2010 health care overhaul, but he endorsed spending cuts in some appropriations bills. Like many Western lawmakers, he backed gun owners’ rights. As a member of the Natural Resources Committee, he introduced a bill in 2009 aimed at creating clean energy jobs by providing a dedicated funding stream for the Bureau of Land Management to process a backlog in clean energy project applications.

To help his district’s Sandia National Laboratories, Heinrich worked to raise the percentage of money spent on high-tech research and development at national labs. He also added a provision to the fiscal 2011 defense bill for a pilot program in which military bases and the labs work together on developing new electric power systems. He won reelection in 2010 over Republican Jon Barela, a former president of the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce.

New Mexico’s Democratic establishment was eager for Heinrich to run for Bingaman’s seat as soon as the senator announced his retirement. Heinrich drew a Democratic primary opponent in state Auditor Hector Balderas, who hoped to tap into the state’s sizable Hispanic vote. But the party rallied around the more politically experienced Heinrich, and he won the primary with 59% of the vote.

That set up a general election matchup against Republican Wilson. This was a contest between two well-regarded candidates. A former Air Force officer and National Security Council staffer, Wilson was the political protege of popular former GOP Sen. Pete Domenici. With the help of Domenici’s network of supporters, she won several close reelection races in the House before losing to Democratic Rep. Tom Udall in the 2008 race to succeed Domenici in the Senate. In the 2012 GOP primary, she trounced Las Cruces businessman Greg Sowards with 70% of the vote.

In running against Heinrich, Wilson stressed her independence from her party, running a biographical ad that played up her military record without mentioning that she was a Republican. She got outside financial help from conservative groups, including former George W. Bush White House strategist Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS (after leaving Congress, she served on Crossroads’ board for six months). Democrats painted her as too conservative for the state. Heinrich accused her of withholding her plan to address entitlement programs’ financial shortfalls while cutting spending. At the same time, he benefitted from the Obama campaign’s heavy presence in the state and touted his connection to the president. “When a lot of folks were running away from the president in 2010, we hosted him in (Albuquerque’s rural) South Valley,” he told The Washington Post.

Wilson consistently trailed Heinrich in polls, eventually prompting national Republicans to turn their attention elsewhere. Heinrich won, 51% to 45%. He locked up their mutual home base in Bernalillo County, 54%-43%, and did even better in southern New Mexico’s rapidly growing Dona Ana County, winning 56%-39%. Santa Fe County was no contest; he trounced Wilson there 72%-26%.

Office Contact Information

MAIN OFFICE

(202) 224-5521

(202) 228-2841

HSOB- Hart Senate Office Building Room 303
Washington, DC 20510-3104

MAIN OFFICE

(202) 224-5521

(202) 228-2841

HSOB- Hart Senate Office Building Room 303
Washington, DC 20510-3104

DISTRICT OFFICE

(505) 346-6601

(505) 346-6780

400 Gold Avenue, SW Suite 1080
Albuquerque, NM 87102

DISTRICT OFFICE

(505) 346-6601

(505) 346-6780

400 Gold Avenue, SW Suite 1080
Albuquerque, NM 87102

DISTRICT OFFICE

(505) 988-6647

(505) 992-8435

123 East Marcy Street Suite 103
Santa Fe, NM 87501

DISTRICT OFFICE

(505) 988-6647

(505) 992-8435

123 East Marcy Street Suite 103
Santa Fe, NM 87501

DISTRICT OFFICE

(575) 523-6561

(575) 523-6584

Loretto Town Center Suite 148
Las Cruces, NM 88011

DISTRICT OFFICE

(575) 523-6561

(575) 523-6584

Loretto Town Center Suite 148
Las Cruces, NM 88011

DISTRICT OFFICE

(575) 622-7113

(575) 622-3538

200 East Fourth Street Suite 300
Roswell, NM 88201

DISTRICT OFFICE

(575) 622-7113

(575) 622-3538

200 East Fourth Street Suite 300
Roswell, NM 88201

DISTRICT OFFICE

(505) 325-5030

(505) 325-6035

106 West Main Street Suite B
Farmington, NM 87401

DISTRICT OFFICE

(505) 325-5030

(505) 325-6035

106 West Main Street Suite B
Farmington, NM 87401

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Aerospace

Elizabeth Hill
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Zach Aronow
Legislative Correspondent

Agriculture

Dan Alpert
Senior Legislative Assistant

Dominic Saavedra
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Zach Aronow
Legislative Correspondent

Animal Rights

Maya Hermann
Senior Legislative Assistant

Arts

Elizabeth Hill
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Andrea Mares
Legislative Correspondent

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Jordan Franklin
Manager of Legislative Correspondence

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Jordan Franklin
Manager of Legislative Correspondence

Andrea Mares
Legislative Correspondent

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Jordan Franklin
Manager of Legislative Correspondence

Census

Miguel Negrete
Constituent Services Director; Office Manager

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Jordan Franklin
Manager of Legislative Correspondence

Disaster

Dan Alpert
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Miguel Negrete
Constituent Services Director; Office Manager

Economics

Jordan Franklin
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Andrea Mares
Legislative Correspondent

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Elizabeth Hill
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Andrea Mares
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Crystal Romero-Carter
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Dan Alpert
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Zach Aronow
Legislative Correspondent

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Maya Hermann
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Zach Aronow
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Andrea Mares
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Crystal Romero-Carter
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Jordan Franklin
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Tony Samp
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Mario Semiglia
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Govt Ops

Elizabeth Hill
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Andrea Mares
Legislative Correspondent

Crystal Romero-Carter
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Health

Louis Agnello
Legislative Counsel

Andrea Mares
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Crystal Romero-Carter
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Homeland Security

Tony Samp
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Dominic Saavedra
Legislative Assistant

Zach Aronow
Legislative Correspondent

Miguel Negrete
Constituent Services Director; Office Manager

Housing

Elizabeth Hill
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Dominic Saavedra
Legislative Assistant

Andrea Mares
Legislative Correspondent

Human Rights

Miguel Negrete
Constituent Services Director; Office Manager

Immigration

Dominic Saavedra
Legislative Assistant

Mario Semiglia
Legislative Correspondent

Miguel Negrete
Constituent Services Director; Office Manager

Intelligence

Tony Samp
Legislative Assistant

Intergovernmental

Mario Semiglia
Legislative Correspondent

Crystal Romero-Carter
Constituent Liaison

Internet

Dominic Saavedra
Legislative Assistant

Judiciary

Jordan Franklin
Manager of Legislative Correspondence

Labor

Elizabeth Hill
Legislative Assistant

Mario Semiglia
Legislative Correspondent

Land Use

Maya Hermann
Senior Legislative Assistant

Dominic Saavedra
Legislative Assistant

Medicare

Louis Agnello
Legislative Counsel

Military

Michael Abbott
Military Fellow

Tony Samp
Legislative Assistant

Mario Semiglia
Legislative Correspondent

Minorities

Dominic Saavedra
Legislative Assistant

Crystal Romero-Carter
Constituent Liaison

Native Americans

Maya Hermann
Senior Legislative Assistant

Ken Lucero
Field Representative

(505) 988-6647

Public Affairs

Dominic Saavedra
Legislative Assistant

Small Business

Louis Agnello
Legislative Counsel

Social Security

Andrea Mares
Legislative Correspondent

Tax

Andrea Mares
Legislative Correspondent

Crystal Romero-Carter
Constituent Liaison

Telecommunications

Dominic Saavedra
Legislative Assistant

Mario Semiglia
Legislative Correspondent

Transportation

Dominic Saavedra
Legislative Assistant

Zach Aronow
Legislative Correspondent

Veterans

Michael Abbott
Military Fellow

Louis Agnello
Legislative Counsel

Miguel Negrete
Constituent Services Director; Office Manager

Welfare

Andrea Mares
Legislative Correspondent

Election Results

2012 GENERAL
Martin Heinrich
Votes: 395,717
Percent: 51.01%
Heather Wilson
Votes: 351,260
Percent: 45.28%
2012 PRIMARY
Martin Heinrich
Votes: 83,432
Percent: 58.94%
Hector Balderas
Votes: 58,128
Percent: 41.06%
Prior Winning Percentages
House: 2010 (52%), 2008 (56%)

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