Congress plays musical chairs but leadership stays the same

Congress plays musical chairs but leadership stays the same

The political divide of the U.S. Congress remained the same after Election Day 2012, with Republicans controlling the House of Representatives and Democrats holding onto the Senate.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International

Democrats keep New Mexico Senate seat

SANTA FE, N.M., Nov. 7 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama carried New Mexico in his Electoral College victory, and the Democrats also hung on to Sen. Jeff Bingaman's seat, NBC projected Tuesday.

Wilson, Heinrich win N.M. Senate primary

ALBUQUERQUE, June 6 (UPI) -- Rep. Martin Heinrich, a Democrat, and former Rep. Heather Wilson, a Republican, appeared headed for wins in New Mexico's U.S. Senate primary, returns showed.

New Mexico wildfire grows

ALBUQUERQUE, May 30 (UPI) -- A wildfire raging through New Mexico is the largest in the state's history, burning more than 156,000 acres, officials said Wednesday.

New round of U.S. green energy loans?

WASHINGTON, April 6 (UPI) -- The U.S. Energy Department said it is preparing to approve more federal loan guarantees for green energy projects.

Rep. Heinrich running for Senate

SANTA FE, N.M., April 2 (UPI) -- Rep. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., announced Saturday he is running for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Jeff Bingaman, who is retiring.
Source: Sen. Bingaman, D-N.M., to retire

Source: Sen. Bingaman, D-N.M., to retire

WASHINGTON, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., will retire from the upper chamber at the end of his term, a person with knowledge of the situation said Friday.

Bill calls for all workers to have IRAs

ALBUQUERQUE, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- A New Mexico Democrat has introduced legislation in the U.S. Senate to establish automatic private retirement accounts for U.S. workers.

Poll: Fewer favor drilling after spill

WASHINGTON, June 9 (UPI) -- In the wake of the BP disaster, only 25 percent of Americans back more offshore oil drilling, and most blame federal regulators for the spill, a poll indicates.
Fingers point during oil spill hearing

Fingers point during oil spill hearing

WASHINGTON, May 11 (UPI) -- Company officials tried to cast blame on others during a U.S. Senate hearing into what caused the explosion and massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico.

Ag and Energy secretaries defend biofuels

WASHINGTON, June 12 (UPI) -- Ethanol production saves U.S. consumers $150 to $300 per household in gas costs per year, adding slightly to food costs, two Cabinet secretaries said.

Will domestic drilling decrease prices?

THE DALLES, Ore., May 23 (UPI) -- A day after oil prices topped $130 a barrel for the first time in history, U.S. lawmakers debated Thursday whether increased production at home would lower prices at the pump.

Congress blocks administration from stockpiling oil

WASHINGTON, May 14 (UPI) -- Faced with growing pressure to decrease gas prices, U.S. senators voted to stop stockpiling oil in the national reserve yesterday, but they rejected a plan to increase domestic production.

Climate change may upset oil supplies

WASHINGTON, May 14 (UPI) -- Climate change could disrupt U.S. energy supplies by seriously damaging key infrastructure in the country, experts testified Tuesday before Congress.
Legislators considering ethanol rollback

Legislators considering ethanol rollback

WASHINGTON, May 1 (UPI) -- Washington legislators are reconsidering federal mandates on ethanol production that has been linked to rising food costs, various lawmakers said.
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Jeff Bingaman
Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) speaks at a Senate Hispanic Task Force press conference announcing the appointment of himself and Joe Lieberman (D-CT) as the new committee chairman, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on July 12th 2005. (UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch)

Jesse Francis "Jeff" Bingaman, Jr. (born October 3, 1943), is the senior U.S. Senator from New Mexico. He has been in the Senate since 1983 and is a member of the Democratic Party, serving as Chairman of Committee Outreach for the Senate Democratic Caucus. Bingaman was Attorney General of New Mexico from 1978 until 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, 2000, and 2006.

After 26 years spent as a Junior Senator, Bingaman became New Mexico's Senior Senator, as Pete Domenici decided to not seek reelection in 2008. In the general elections held on November 4, 2008, Democrat Tom Udall won Domenici's seat in the Senate.

On February 18, 2011, it was reported that Bingaman would not seek re-election in 2012.

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