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Jeff Bingaman currently serves as the Jr. Senator for New Mexico

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

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  1. H. Josef Ebert, "House Rolls Back Big Oil Subsidies," CBS News, January 19, 2007.
  2. Climate Change Bills of the 110th Congress Environmental Defense, May 29, 2007.
  3. Avery Palmer, "Boxer Cites Positive Provisions of Bingaman’s Climate-Change Measure," CQ, July 11, 2007.

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.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5]

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. [6]

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.[7]

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. [1] 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

Remote Sensing prohibition for Israel

In 1997, Jon Kyl and Jeff Bingaman passed the Kyl-Bingaman amendment which prohibits US-based companies from disseminating remote sensing/satellite photos of Israel. The consequence of this is that Google Earth has no coverage of Israel.[2] The sponsors of the amendment were Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and Jeff Bingaman (D-NM)[3].


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) [4] Bingaman retained his seat.

2008 superdelegate

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

For more information and sources, see the state page for this superdelegate linked to in the blue box above.

Money in politics

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Links to more campaign contribution information for Jeff Bingaman
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Fundraising profile: 2006 election cycle Career totals
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Committees and Affiliations

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

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Jeff Bingaman. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC Office:
703 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: 202-224-5521
TollFree: 888-443-8658
TTYD Number: 202-224-1792
Fax: 202-224-2852
Email: senator_bingaman AT
Web Email

District Office - Albuquerque:
625 Silver Avenue Southwest, Suite 130
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Phone: 505-346-6601
Fax: 505-346-6780

District Office - Las Cruces:
148 Loretto Towne Centre
505 South Main Street
Las Cruces, NM 88001
Phone: 505-523-6561
Fax: 505-523-6584

District Office - Las Vegas:
118 Bridge Street, Suite 3
Post Office Box 1977
Las Vegas, NM 87701
Phone: 505-454-8824
Fax: 505-454-8959

District Office - Roswell:
105 West Third Street, Suite 409
Roswell, NM 88201
Phone: 505-622-7113
Fax: 505-622-3538

District Office - Santa Fe:
119 East Marcy Street, Suite 101
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Phone: 505-988-6647
Fax: 505-992-8435

Articles and Resources

Local blogs and discussion sites

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Current Office: U.S. Senate
111th Congress
Leadership Position:
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110th Congress
Leadership Position:
Chairman of Committee Outreach
Committees Chaired:
Ranking Member On:

Committees: Joint Economic Committee, Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Senate Committee on Finance, Senate Committee on Finance/Subcommittee on Energy Natural Resources and Infrastructure, Senate Committee on Finance/Subcommittee on Health Care, Senate Committee on Finance/Subcommittee on International Trade and Global Competitiveness, Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions, Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions/Subcommittee on Retirement and Aging, Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions/Subcommittee on Children and Families,
Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 2, 1982
First Took Current Office:
January 3, 1983
Next Election:
November 6, 2012
Term Ends:
Freshman Member?
Previous Political Work?
New Mexico Attorney General,
Other Party Membership:
District Offices:
1. 625 Silver Avenue Southwest, Suite 130, Albuquerque, NM 87102
Phone: 505-346-6601 / Fax: 505-346-6780
2. 148 Loretto Towne Centre, 505 South Main Street, Las Cruces, NM 88001
Phone: 505-523-6561 / Fax: 505-523-6584
3. 118 Bridge Street, Suite 3, Post Office Box 1977, Las Vegas, NM 87701
Phone: 505-454-8824 / Fax: 505-454-8959
4. 105 West Third Street, Suite 409, Roswell, NM 88201
Phone: 505-622-7113 / Fax: 505-622-3538
5. 119 East Marcy Street, Suite 101, Santa Fe, NM 87501
Phone: 505-988-6647 / Fax: 505-992-8435

Campaign Contact:

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Date of Birth: October 3, 1943


  1. [1]
  2. Hamed Aleaziz, Why Google Earth Can't Show You Israel, Mother Jones, 10 June 2011
  3. Shawn L. Twing, U.S. Senate Moves to Limit Commercial Satellite Imagery of Israel, WRMEA, August 1996.
  4. [2]