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Martin Heinrich

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Martin Heinrich
Heinrich Official Headshot 2019.jpg
United States Senator
from New Mexico
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Serving with Tom Udall
Preceded byJeff Bingaman
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Mexico's 1st district
In office
January 3, 2009 – January 3, 2013
Preceded byHeather Wilson
Succeeded byMichelle Lujan Grisham
Member of the Albuquerque City Council
from the 6th district
In office
January 3, 2004 – January 3, 2008
Preceded byHess Yntema
Succeeded byRey Garduno
Personal details
Martin Trevor Heinrich

(1971-10-17) October 17, 1971 (age 47)
Fallon, Nevada, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Julie Hicks (m. 1998)
EducationUniversity of Missouri (BS)
University of New Mexico
WebsiteSenate website

Martin Trevor Heinrich (/ˈhnrɪk/; born October 17, 1971) is an American politician and businessman serving as the junior United States Senator from New Mexico since 2013.

A native of Fallon, Nevada, Heinrich has lived much of his adulthood in New Mexico, specifically Albuquerque, the state's largest city. As a member of the Democratic Party, he was the U.S. Representative for New Mexico's 1st congressional district from 2009 to 2013. He then won the Senate seat vacated by retiring Senator Jeff Bingaman in 2012. Heinrich was mentioned as a possible nominee for Vice President of the United States in 2016 under Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.[1] However, Senator Tim Kaine from Virginia was later selected for the ticket.[2]

Heinrich will become the senior Senator and dean of the New Mexico congressional delegation when Tom Udall retires from the Senate in 2021.

Early life, education, and business career

Martin Trevor Heinrich was born in Fallon, near Carson City, Nevada. Heinrich is the son of Shirley A. (née Bybee), a seamstress, and Pete C. Heinrich, a utility company lineman.[3][4] His father was born in Waldenburg, Germany as Heinrich Peter Karl Cordes and later took the last name of his stepfather, Olaf Heinrich, as his own and when he was naturalized as an American citizen in 1955, changed his name again to Pete Carl Heinrich.[5] Raised as a Lutheran, Heinrich grew up in the town of Cole Camp, Missouri, near Missouri's fifth largest city, Columbia.[6] He attended public schools in Cole Camp, then moved to Columbia in 1989 to attend the University of Missouri. He graduated in 1995 with a bachelor of Arts in mechanical engineering,[4] and later left Missouri, settling in Albuquerque to take graduate courses at the University of New Mexico.[7] After a brief stint doing mechanical drawings,[4] Heinrich worked as an AmeriCorps fellow in New Mexico.[8]

From 1996 to 2001, he served as executive director of the Cottonwood Gulch Foundation, a New Mexico nonprofit organization dedicated to educating young people on natural science and the environment.[7] In 2002, Heinrich founded his own public affairs consulting firm.[4][7]

Early political career

Heinrich served on the Albuquerque City Council from 2004 to 2008, including one term as city council president in 2006.[9] [10] As a city councilman, he said his goals were to reduce crime, raise the minimum wage and create new jobs. He also advocated the use of wind and solar power.[7]

In February 2006, Governor Bill Richardson appointed Heinrich to be the state's Natural Resources Trustee.[11]

U.S. House of Representatives



In 2008, Heinrich filed papers to run in New Mexico's 1st congressional district, based in Albuquerque. He originally planned to challenge five-term Republican incumbent Heather Wilson, but Wilson retired to run for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by retiring Republican Pete Domenici.[12] Heinrich won the Democratic primary on June 4, 2008, defeating New Mexico Secretary of State Rebecca Vigil-Giron, State Health Secretary Michelle Lujan Grisham, and U.S. Army veteran Robert Pidcock 44%-25%-24%-8%.[13][14]

In the general election, Heinrich faced Bernalillo County Sheriff Darren White, whom Heinrich's campaign focused on linking to President George W. Bush.[15] Heinrich also called for energy independence and an end to the war in Iraq.[15] He defeated White, 56%-44%, carrying three of the district's five counties: Bernalillo (56%), Sandoval (56%), and Valencia (53%). White won Santa Fe (64%) and Torrance (57%) counties.[16] Upon his swearing in on January 3, 2009, he became the first Democrat to represent the district. The district had been in Republican hands since New Mexico was split into districts in 1969, but has become increasingly friendly to Democrats in recent years; it has gone Democratic in every presidential election since 1992.


Heinrich was challenged by Republican Jon Barela, who told Politico he did not believe Heinrich reflected the district, saying he was too far left on budget and spending issues.[17] During the 2010 campaign, Roll Call reported that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee assigned a lobbyist to aid in the reelection campaigns of possibly vulnerable House members in fundraising, messaging and campaign strategy.[18] Heinrich was elected to a second term, defeating Barela 52%-48%, and carrying two of the district's counties: Bernalillo (53%) and Sandoval (51%). Barela won Santa Fe (67%), Torrance (61%), and Valencia (53%) counties.[19]


U.S. Representative Martin Heinrich during the 111th Congress
U.S. Representative Martin Heinrich during the 111th Congress

On January 14, 2009, the House Democratic freshmen elected Heinrich to a six-month term as their class president.[20] He co-sponsored the Stop the Congressional Pay Raise Act, which would cancel an automatic $4,700 salary raise for members of Congress.[21]

Health care

On March 21, 2010, Heinrich voted for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (commonly called Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act).[22] In 2017, he co-sponsored Medicare-For-All.[23]


NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC endorsed Heinrich in 2010.[24][25][25]

Heinrich received a 100% score from NARAL in 2009.[26]


Heinrich has identified himself as an environmentalist throughout his career. He served as executive director of the Cottonwood Gulch Foundation,[27] a New Mexico nonprofit organization dedicated to educating young people on natural science and the environment, and founded his own public affairs consulting firm.[7]

Later, as a member of the Albuquerque City Council, he advocated for the use of wind and solar power.[7] In February 2006, he was appointed by Governor Bill Richardson to be the state's Natural Resources Trustee.[11] He also served on the executive committee of the Sierra Club's Rio Grande Chapter.[28] In August 2011, he received the Sierra Club's first endorsement of the 2012 election cycle.[28][29] He opposes construction of the Keystone Pipeline. He supports cap-and-trade legislation.[30] In April 2019, Heinrich was one of three Democratic Senators who joined Republicans to vote to confirm David Bernhardt, a former oil executive, as Secretary of the Interior Department.[31]

Same-sex marriage

In 2008, Heinrich said, "I am not supportive of gay marriage, but I do believe that everybody in the United States has the same civil rights in front of the government. So I think it's important that civil rights that are available to heterosexual couples should be available to every single gay couple who also wants to make the same sort of commitments."[32]

After his 2012 Senate primary opponent, Hector Balderas, announced his support for same-sex marriage,[32] Heinrich's staff released a statement to the New Mexico Independent newspaper stating, "Martin has supported gay marriage for some time. I just don't think he was asked about it. Thanks for asking!"[33] He was an original cosponsor of Congressman Jerry Nadler's 2009 legislation to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.[34]

Gun law

The National Rifle Association (NRA) endorsed Heinrich during the 2010 congressional election. At that time, he received a grade of A from the NRA for his stance on Second Amendment rights.[35] He is a former member of the NRA.[36]

Heinrich opposed legislation that would have reinstated the Federal Assault Weapons Ban.[37] He also supported bills to create a national standard for the concealed carrying of firearms across state lines, and co-sponsored legislation that would ease the restrictions on the sales of firearms across state lines.[38] He supports banning bump stocks and banning sales to the federal no-fly list.[39]

Ojito Wilderness

In 2008, the New Mexico Republican Party criticized Heinrich for his work on the creation of the Ojito National Wilderness, which they said amounted to unregistered lobbying. Heinrich responded that the work was advocacy that did not require lobbying disclosure.[40]

Armed forces

Heinrich was a member of the House Armed Services Committee.[41] During his time in Congress, Heinrich has maintained strong opposition to the war in Iraq, and supports a swift end of combat operations in Afghanistan.[42]

In 2011, he voted against the National Defense Authorization Act conference report because he objected to language requiring that suspected foreign terrorists be taken into custody by the military instead of civilian law enforcement authorities.[43]

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate



Heinrich announced that he would leave the House to run for the United States Senate seat held by Jeff Bingaman, who retired at the end of his term.[44] In March, Politico reported that Al Gore had signed a fundraising letter for Heinrich.[45] Heinrich defeated State Auditor Hector Balderas in the Democratic primary.[46] He defeated Republican Heather Wilson, his predecessor in Congress, in the November 6 general election, 51% to 45%.[citation needed]


Heinrich was reelected to a second term in 2018 over Republican Mick Rich and Libertarian Gary Johnson.[47]


Gun laws

On April 17, 2013, Heinrich voted to expand background checks for gun purchases,[48] and against regulating assault weapons.[49]

Every life lost to gun violence is a tragedy. Our country is weary from violence and grief and the American people deserve meaningful action from Congress. It's long past due for a legislative response to keep guns out of the hands of those that would turn them against our communities.[50]

In response to the 2017 Las Vegas shooting, Heinrich stated that Congress needed to pass legislative changes to combat gun violence.[50]

Health care

On September 27, 2013, Heinrich voted to restore funding for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as part of an amendment to legislation funding government operations for 45 days, and which also omitted House-passed language prioritizing debt payments if Congress fails to increase the nation's borrowing limits.[51]

Election security

On December 21, 2017, Heinrich was one of six senators to introduce the Secure Elections Act, legislation authorizing block grants to states to update outdated voting technology as well as form a program for an independent panel of experts that would work toward the development of cybersecurity guidelines for election systems which states could then implement, along with offering states resources to install the recommendations.[52]

Committee assignments

Bipartisan survival trip

In 2014, Heinrich and Republican Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona traveled to Eru, a small island in the Marshall Islands. The Discovery Channel sent a film crew to document their trip and planned to air the film for a show called Rival Survival. Heinrich and Flake had to survive for six days with few resources, including no natural sources of drinkable water. After the trip, Heinrich told reporters that he and Flake decided to go on the trip to demonstrate that politicians from different political parties can work together, and in their case, to survive.[54][55]

Electoral history

New Mexico's 1st congressional district Democratic primary election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % +%
Democratic Martin Heinrich 22,341 43.51%
Democratic Rebecca Vigil-Giron 12,660 24.66%
Democratic Michelle Lujan Grisham 12,074 23.51%
Democratic Robert Pidcock 4,273 8.32%
New Mexico's 1st congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % +%
Democratic Martin Heinrich 166,271 55.65%
Republican Darren White 132,485 44.35%
New Mexico's 1st congressional district election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes % +%
Democratic Martin Heinrich (incumbent) 112,707 51.88%
Republican Jonathan Barela 104,543 48.12%
U.S. Senate Democratic primary election in New Mexico, 2012
Party Candidate Votes % +%
Democratic Martin Heinrich 83,432 58.94%
Democratic Hector Balderas 58,128 41.06%
U.S. Senate election in New Mexico, 2012
Party Candidate Votes % +%
Democratic Martin Heinrich 395,717 51.01%
Republican Heather Wilson 351,259 45.28%
Independent American Jon Ross Barrie 28,199 3.63%
Write-in Robert Anderson 617 0.08%
U.S. Senate election in New Mexico, 2018
Party Candidate Votes % +%
Democratic Martin Heinrich 376,998 54.09% 3.08%
Republican Mick Rich 212,813 30.53%
Libertarian Gary Johnson 107,201 15.38%


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