Martin Heinrich Committee Assignments Wiki

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

A native of Fallon, Nevada, Heinrich 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]

Early life, education, and business career[edit]

Martin Trevor Heinrich was born in Fallon, near Carson City, Nevada. Heinrich is the son of Shirley A. (née Bybee), a seamstress, and Peter C. Heinrich, a utility company lineman.[3][4] Raised as a Lutheran, Heinrich and his parents are of German ancestry. Heinrich grew up in the town of Cole Camp, Missouri, located near Missouri's fifth largest city, Columbia.[5] He now resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico & represents the state in Washington DC. Heinrich was educated and went to local public schools in Cole Camp, then moved to Columbia in 1989 to attend the University of Missouri. He graduated in 1995 with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering,[4] and later left Missouri, settling in Albuquerque, New Mexico to take graduate courses at the University of New Mexico.[6] After a brief stint doing mechanical drawings,[4] Heinrich worked as an AmeriCorps fellow in New Mexico.[7]

From 1996 to 2001, he served as executive director of the Cottonwood Gulch Foundation, a New Mexico non-profit organization dedicated to educating young people on natural science and the environment.[6] In 2002, Heinrich founded his own public affairsconsulting firm.[4][6]

Early political career[edit]

Heinrich served on the Albuquerque City Council from 2003 to 2007, which included one term as city council president in 2006.[8] As a city councilman, he stated that his goals were to reduce crime, raise the minimum wage and create new jobs. He also advocated the use of wind and solar power.[6]

In February 2006, he was appointed by GovernorBill Richardson to be the state's Natural Resources Trustee.[9]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]



See also: United States House of Representatives elections in New Mexico, 2008 § District 1

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.[10] Heinrich won the Democratic primary on June 4, 2008, defeating New Mexico Secretary of StateRebecca Vigil-Giron, State Health Secretary Michelle Lujan Grisham, and U.S. Army veteran Robert Pidcock 44%-25%-24%-8%.[11][12]

In the general election, Heinrich faced Bernalillo CountySheriffDarren White, whom Heinrich's campaign focused on linking to PresidentGeorge W. Bush.[13] Heinrich also called for energy independence and an end to the war in Iraq.[13] 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.[14] 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 not supported a Republican for president since 1988.[citation needed]


See also: United States House of Representatives elections in New Mexico, 2010 § District 1

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.[15] 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 to help in fundraising, messaging and campaign strategy.[16] 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.[17]


On January 14, 2009, Heinrich was elected by the House Democratic freshmen to a six-month term as their freshmen class president.[18] He co-sponsored the Stop the Congressional Pay Raise Act, which would cancel an automatic $4,700 salary raise for members of Congress.[19]

Health care[edit]

On March 21, 2010, Heinrich voted for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (commonly called Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act).[20]


NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC endorsed Heinrich in 2010.[21][22][22]

Heinrich received a 100% score from NARAL in 2009.[23]


Heinrich has identified himself as an environmentalist throughout his career. He served as executive director of the Cottonwood Gulch Foundation,[24] a New Mexico non-profit organization dedicated to educating young people on natural science and the environment, and founded his own public affairsconsulting firm.[6]

Later, as a member of the Albuquerque City Council, he advocated for the use of wind and solar power.[6] In February 2006, he was appointed by GovernorBill Richardson to be the state's Natural Resources Trustee.[9] He also served on the executive committee of the Sierra Club's Rio Grande Chapter.[25] In August 2011, he received the Sierra Club's first endorsement of the 2012 election cycle.[25][26] He opposes construction of the Keystone Pipeline. He supports cap-and-trade legislation.[27]

Same-sex marriage[edit]

In 2008, Heinrich stated, "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."[28]

After his 2012 Senate primary opponent, Hector Balderas, announced his support for same-sex marriage,[28] 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!"[29] He was an original cosponsor of Congressman Jerry Nadler's 2009 legislation to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.[30]

Gun law[edit]

"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."[31]

The National Rifle Association (NRA) endorsed Heinrich during the 2010 congressional election. At that time, he received a grade of "A" from the NRA on his stance with regards to Second Amendment rights.[32] He is a former member of the NRA.[33]

Heinrich opposed legislation that would have reinstated the Federal Assault Weapons Ban.[34] 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.[35]

In response to the 2017 Las Vegas shooting, Heinrich stated that Congress needed to pass legislative changes to combat gun violence.[31]

Ojito Wilderness[edit]

In 2008, Heinrich was criticized by the New Mexico Republican Party 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.[36]

Armed forces[edit]

Heinrich was a member of the House Armed Services Committee.[37] 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.[38]

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.[39]

Committee assignments[edit]

U.S. Senate[edit]



See also: United States Senate election in New Mexico, 2012

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.[40] In March, Politico reported that Al Gore had signed a fundraising letter for Heinrich.[41] Heinrich defeated State Auditor Hector Balderas in the Democratic primary.[42] Heinrich faced Republican Heather Wilson, his predecessor in Congress, in the general election on November 6, 2012. He defeated Wilson, 51% to 45%.[citation needed]


Gun laws[edit]

On April 17, 2013, Heinrich voted to expand background checks for gun purchases.[43] On April 17, 2013, Heinrich voted against regulating assault weapons.[44]

Health care[edit]

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.[45]

Committee assignments[edit]

Bipartisan survival trip[edit]

In 2014, Heinrich and Republican Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona traveled to a small island called Eru in the Marshall Islands. The Discovery Channel sent a film crew to document their trip and plan 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.[47][48]

Electoral history[edit]

New Mexico's 1st congressional district Democratic primary election, 2008
DemocraticMartin Heinrich22,34143.51%
DemocraticRebecca Vigil-Giron12,66024.66%
DemocraticMichelle Lujan Grisham12,07423.51%
DemocraticRobert Pidcock4,2738.32%
New Mexico's 1st congressional district election, 2008
DemocraticMartin Heinrich166,27155.65%
RepublicanDarren White132,48544.35%
New Mexico's 1st congressional district election, 2010
DemocraticMartin Heinrich (incumbent)112,70751.88%
RepublicanJonathan Barela104,54348.12%
U.S. Senate Democratic primary election in New Mexico, 2012
DemocraticMartin Heinrich83,43258.94%
DemocraticHector Balderas58,12841.06%
U.S. Senate election in New Mexico, 2012
DemocraticMartin Heinrich395,71751.01%
RepublicanHeather Wilson351,25945.28%
Independent AmericanJon Ross Barrie28,1993.63%
Write-inRobert Anderson6170.08%


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  11. ^"NM District 1- D Primary Race". Our Campaigns. June 3, 2008. Retrieved 2016-02-23. 
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  14. ^"NM - District 01 Race". Our Campaigns. November 4, 2008. Retrieved February 23, 2016. 
  15. ^Matthew Reichbach. "Jon Barela to Politico: Martin Heinrich is 'too far left'". The New Mexico Independent. Retrieved March 28, 2012. 
  16. ^Matthew Reichbach (June 16, 2010). "Report: DCCC assigned lobbyists to help Heinrich, Teague". Retrieved March 28, 2012. 
  17. ^"NM - District 01 Race". Our Campaigns. November 2, 2010. Retrieved 2016-02-23. 
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  19. ^"Rep. Martin Heinrich Co-Sponsors Legislation to Freeze Congressional Pay Raises". Congressman Martin Heinrich. January 23, 2009. Archived from the original on February 14, 2009. 
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  27. ^Coleman, Michael (December 15, 2011). "Fray Over Oil Pipeline, Payroll Tax Cut". Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved August 16, 2012. 
  28. ^ ab"Hector Balderas Says He Supports Gay Marriage". August 1, 2011. Retrieved August 15, 2011. 
  29. ^Monahan, Joe (August 11, 2011). "Heinrich Joins Balderas On Gay Marriage; He Now Favors It". Retrieved August 15, 2011. 
  30. ^"H.R.3567 – Respect for Marriage Act of 2009". Open Congress. Retrieved September 28, 2013. 
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  32. ^"NRA Endorses Heinrich, Lujan, Teague". New Mexico Independent. Archived from the original on October 6, 2010. 
  33. ^Coleman, Michael. "Updated: Politics Notebook: Heinrich no longer in NRA; 'illegal alien' change weighed". Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved 5 October 2017. 
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  37. ^"Committee Assignments". Retrieved May 1, 2012. 
  38. ^"Issues: National security and foreign policy". Retrieved May 1, 2012. 
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  47. ^Appleton, Kirsten (September 11, 2014). "Republican and Democratic Senators Stranded Together on Deserted Island". ABC News. Retrieved September 26, 2014. 
  48. ^O'Keefe, Ed (September 11, 2014). "Jeff Flake, Martin Heinrich head to a deserted island". Washington Post. Retrieved September 26, 2014. 

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Congressman Martin Heinrich

Michelle Lujan Grisham (born October 24, 1959) is an American lawyer and politician who is the U.S. Representative for New Mexico's 1st congressional district, serving since 2013. She has served in the New Mexico state cabinet, and as Bernalillo County Commissioner.

Early life and education

Michelle Lujan was born in Los Alamos, New Mexico, and grew up in Santa Fe. Her father, Buddy Lujan, practiced dentistry into his 80s until he died in March 2011. Her mother, Sonja, was a homemaker. Michelle's sister Kimberly was diagnosed with a brain tumor at the age of two and died at 21.[1]

Lujan graduated from St. Michael's High School. She received a B.S. degree from the University of New Mexico (UNM) in 1981, where she was a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority. She earned a law degree from the UNM School of Law in 1987.[2][3]

Public sector career

Lujan Grisham served as director of New Mexico's Agency on Aging under GovernorsBruce King, Gary Johnson, and Bill Richardson, who elevated the position to the state cabinet. In 2004, Richardson named Lujan Grisham as the secretary of the Department of Health.[3]

Lujan Grisham was elected to the Bernalillo County Commission, serving from 2010 through 2012.

Congressional elections


She resigned as Secretary of Health in order to run for the United States House of Representatives in the 2008 elections, losing in the Democratic primary to Martin Heinrich. He won the Democratic primary on June 3, 2008 with 44% of the vote. New Mexico Secretary of StateRebecca Vigil-Giron ranked second with 25% and Michelle Lujan-Grisham ranked third with 24% of the vote.[4][5][6]


Lujan Grisham sought the Democratic nomination for the House in 2012, with Martin Heinrich leaving to run for the United States Senate. She won the nomination, defeating Marty Chavez and Eric Griego.[7] She faced Janice Arnold-Jones, a former member of the New Mexico House of Representatives, in the November general election.[8] Lujan Grisham defeated Arnold-Jones,[9] 59%–41%.[10]


Lujan Grisham defeated Republican Mike Frese in the 2014 elections, 59%-41%.[11]

U.S. House of Representatives


Congresswoman Lujan Grisham was sworn into a two-year term on January 3, 2013.

Committee assignments

Personal life

Lujan Grisham's uncle is Manuel Lujan, Jr., who served in the House of Representatives from New Mexico as a Republican, and served as Secretary of Interior during the presidency of George H. W. Bush. Her grandfather, Eugene Lujan, was Chief Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court.[12] Her cousin, Ben Ray Luján, represents New Mexico's 3rd congressional district in the House of Representatives,[13] while his father, Ben Luján was Speaker of the New Mexico House of Representatives.

Lujan Grisham's husband, Gregory, died of a brain aneurysm in 2004. The couple had two daughters.[14] Lujan Grisham filed a wrongful death suit against her husband's physician,[15] which was dismissed.[14]


  1. Seung Min Kim (January 28, 2013). "Sister's death drives Michelle Lujan Grisham". Politico.Com. Retrieved July 21, 2013. 
  2. Harder, Amy. "New Mexico, 1st House District". Retrieved July 21, 2013. 
  3. 1 2 "ABQJOURNAL NEWS/STATE: Former Health Secretary Grisham Announces for Congress". October 11, 2007. Retrieved September 14, 2012. 
  4. "NM District 1- D Primary Race – Jun 03, 2008". Our Campaigns. Retrieved July 21, 2013. 
  5. ↑ Las Cruces Sun-News. FINAL RESULTS: June 3 primary election June 20, 2008
  6. Salazar, Martin (June 29, 2008). "ABQJOURNAL NEWS/METRO: Top UNM official red-faced over Lujan Grisham comments". Retrieved September 14, 2012. 
  7. "Third Democrat Vies to Succeed Heinrich in N.M. District : Roll Call Politics". August 17, 2011. Retrieved September 14, 2012. 
  8. "Congressional opponents face off in first debate". KOB. September 9, 2012. Retrieved September 14, 2012. 
  9. "New Mexico Election Results 2012: Heinrich wins Senate race; Grisham joins her cousin Lujan in Congress; Latino population lifts Obama to win". Washington Post. November 7, 2012. Retrieved November 7, 2012. 
  10. Reichbach, Matthew (November 7, 2012). "Lujan Grisham blowout could mean no more swing Congressional districts". New Mexico Telegram. Retrieved November 10, 2012. 
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  12. "Michelle Lujan Grisham running for First District seat". New Mexico Independent. Retrieved September 14, 2012. 
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  14. 1 2 Heild, Colleen (December 23, 2007). "ABQjournal Metro: Doctor Says Dropped Suit Hurt Reputation". Retrieved September 14, 2012. 
  15. New Mexico Business Weekly. "Former health secretary files wrongful death suit – New Mexico Business Weekly". Retrieved September 14, 2012. 

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