Former New Mexico Senator
United States Senate (retired)
Former New Mexico Sen. Jeff Bingaman served the people of New Mexico for over 20 years.
In 1982, Bingaman ran successfully for the U.S. Senate and served continuously until his decision to retire and not seek re-election in the 2012 election year. Over the last nine years Sen. Bingaman served as Chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman and has been at the forefront of shaping U.S. energy policy over this period..
Prior to serving as a U.S. Senator, Bingaman was elected as state attorney general in 1978, where environmental and antitrust issues were some of his biggest concerns.
Bingaman was born in El Paso, Texas, and grew up in Silver City, New Mexico. After graduating from Silver High School, Bingaman earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in government from Harvard University in 1965. He then entered Stanford Law School, graduating in 1968. After his admission to the bar, Bingaman commenced work as a private practice attorney and 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.