Jeff Bingaman

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U.S. Senator

Jeff Bingaman




Leadership: No leadership position
Committees: Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Senate Committee on Finance, Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
(subcommittees and past assignments)

Candidates for the NM-Senate Class I Seat:
(Next election: 6 November 2012)

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Jesse Francis "Jeff" Bingaman Jr., Democrat, has represented the state of New Mexico in the Senate since 1982.(Map)


Record and controversies

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Iraq War

Bingaman voted against the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq in Oct. 2002.
For more information see the chart of U.S. Senate votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

CLEAN Energy Act

Bingaman was a supporter of the CLEAN Energy Act of 2007, which addressed royalties and tax breaks previously afforded to oil and gas companies. When it was voted in by the House, he stated, “I support the principle behind the House bill,” and called for it to be placed on the Senate calendar.[1]

Main article: CLEAN Energy Act of 2007#Senate

Bingaman bill on emissions "cap and trade"

In January 2007, Sen. Jeff_Bingaman (D-N.M.) began drafting a bill that would establish an emissions intensity "cap and trade" system starting in 2010 for petroleum refineries, coal mines, natural gas processors, electricity generators, and carbon-intensive manufacturing. Requirements for greenhouse gas emission reduction would start at 2.6 percent per year between 2012 and 2021 and rise to 3 percent per year after 2022. The provisions would include a safety valve, or price cap, of $7 on the cost of carbon emissions. The bill would also provide R&D funding for zero- or low-carbon energy technologies (e.g., high efficiency consumer products), advanced coal technologies, cellulosic biomass, and advanced technology vehicles.[2]

On July 11, 2007, Sen. Bingaman unveiled a draft of his energy and environment bill. The bill, which had yet to be officially introduced, already garnered significant support from noteworthy members, including Sens. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii), Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), and Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), who is cosponsoring the bill with Bingaman.[3]

Main article: U.S. congressional action on climate change#Bingaman bill


Senator Bingman's record on tobacco issues

Senator Bingaman has a very positive public health health record on tobacco.

In September 1985, Sen. Bingaman co-sponsored the Stevens bill, S.1440, also called the "Non-Smokers Rights Act," to restrict smoking to designated areas in all U .S. Government buildings.[1]

In February 1987, Sen. Bingaman introduced a bill to raise the price of cigarettes sold on military bases service-wide. The bill was designed to drastically reduce smoking among servicemembers by raising the price of cigarettes in commissaries and post exchanges to equal prices in the civilian community.[2] The Senate voted down the amendment.

In April 1989, Sen. Bingaman introduced legislation to require the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate the manufacture and sale of tobacco products. According to a press release annoucing the legislation, "The Senator said that despite their direct threat to health and life, tobacco products remain virtually unregulated and largely exempted from the laws we have established to protect the public from unsafe consumer products." Bingaman's bill would also have allowed the Department of Health and Human Services to regulate the use of additives in cigarettes and prohibit the distribution of free samples and coupons for cigarettes.[3]

More recently On March 30, 2000 Sen. Bingaman, along with Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI)introduced S. 2333, the Tobacco Regulatory Fairness Act of 2000, that would have established a separate chapter of the FDA to regulate tobacco. [4]

In March 2001 Sen. Bingaman co-sponsored legislation to expand access to smoking cessation services through Medicare, Medicaid and the Maternal and Child Health programs.[5]

Revoking Executive Order 13233

On July 31, 2003, Sen. Bingaman introduced S. 1517, a bill to revoke an [sic] Executive Order relating to procedures for the consideration of claims of constitutionally based privilege against disclosure of Presidential records, with Sen. Bob Graham (D-Fla.). It was submitted to the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs.

Main article: Executive Order 13233

Michael Mukasey nomination

Sen. Bingaman voted AGAINST the confirmation Bush appointee Michael Mukasey as Attorney General of the U.S. on Nov. 8, 2007. Six Democrats and Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) joined most Republicans in the 53-40 vote confirming Mukasey. No Republicans voted against him. [6] Mukasey's nomination was surrounded by controversy after he called Waterboarding "repugnant" but refused to say whether it was illegal under anti-torture laws.

Main article: Michael Mukasey


Bingaman was born October 3, 1943 in El Paso, TX. At age 15, he earned the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. Bingaman earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in government from Harvard University in 1965. He then entered the Stanford University School of Law, graduating in 1968.

Congressional career

Bingaman was Attorney General of New Mexico from 1978 untill his election to the U.S. Senate in 1982, when he defeated Republican incumbent and former astronaut Harrison Schmitt. He was re-elected in 1988, 1994 (defeating Colin McMillan), and again in 2000.

Bingaman and his senate colleague Pete Domenici are currently the longest serving duo among current Senators. The next longest are Ted Kennedy and John Kerry of Massachusetts.

2006 elections

In 2006, the Republicans nominated Allen McCulloch to face Bingaman in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [7] Bingaman retained his seat.

2008 superdelegate

Before Hillary Clinton conceded the race, Jeff Bingaman, as a superdelegate, had endorsed Barack Obama for President.

Money in politics

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Links to more campaign contribution information for Jeff Bingaman
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Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
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Committees and Affiliations

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

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DC office
  • 703 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510
    Ph: 202-224-5521 Fax: 202-224-2852
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District offices
  • 625 Silver Avenue Southwest, Suite 130, Albuquerque, NM 87102
    Ph: 505-346-6601 Fax: (none entered)
  • 148 Loretto Towne Centre, 505 South Main Street, Las Cruces, NM 88001
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  • 118 Bridge Street, Suite 3, Post Office Box 1977, Las Vegas, NM 87701
    Ph: 505-454-8824 Fax: (none entered)
  • 105 West Third Street, Suite 409, Roswell, NM 88201
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  • 119 East Marcy Street, Suite 101, Santa Fe, NM 87501
    Ph: 505-988-6647 Fax: (none entered)
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