VIDEO: Energy Policy from a Federal Legislative Perspective
Jeff Bingaman, United States Senator from New Mexico: Jeff Bingaman was born on October 3, 1943. He grew up in the southwestern New Mexico community of Silver City, in a family with deep small town roots. His father was a science professor at Western New Mexico University, and his mother taught in the public schools.
After graduating from Western (now Silver) High School in 1961, Jeff attended Harvard University and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in government in 1965. He then entered the Stanford University School of Law, where he met, and later married, fellow law student, Anne Kovacovich.
Upon earning his law degree from Stanford in 1968, Jeff and Anne returned to New Mexico and had their son, John. Jeff served in the Army Reserves from 1968 to 1974.
After one year as New Mexico Assistant Attorney General and eight years in private law practice, Jeff was elected Attorney General of New Mexico in 1978. In 1982, he won election to the United States Senate. He served in the U.S. Senate from 1983 to 2013.
Jeff was one of the most senior Democrats in the United States Senate. His seniority, along with his leadership positions on key committees, allowed him to champion issues important to New Mexican families and communities.
Jeff Bingaman, Energy Policy from a Federal Legislative Perspective, University of Colorado Law School (5th Annual Schultz Lecture, Oct. 8, 2012), http://scholar.law.colorado.edu/schultz_lectureship_series/2/.