Office Seeking: U.S. House, New Mexico-1st District
Position Held: U.S. Representative, Incumbent
Primary Election Date: June 1, 2010
General Election Opponents: Jon Barela
General Election Date: November 2, 2010
Voted for health care reform
Championed energy independence, environmental causes and renewable sources of fuel
Enthusiastic supporter of the Economic Stimulus Package
Sought to increase transparency and competition in the healthcare industry
Why we like him: Martin Heinrich has placed an emphasis on renewable energy by sponsoring legislation that will increase the use of renewable energy sources. His background in natural science dovetails neatly with his legislative advocacy for wind, solar, and cleaner sources of fuel. A Congressman from a state where water and energy sources are often sparse, he understands the importance of conservation and ecological preservation.
Candidate Quote: “When world-class scientists and entrepreneurs put their minds together, anything is possible.”
A native of Fallon, Nevada, Martin Heinrich graduated from the University of Missouri in 1995 with a Bachelor’s degree in Science and Engineering, and later took graduate courses at the University of New Mexico. 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, and founded his own public affairs consulting firm.
Heinrich served on the Albuquerque City Council from 2003 to 2007, which included one term as City Council President in 2006. As a city councilman, he sought to reduce crime, raise the minimum wage, create new jobs, and he advocated the use of wind and solar power. In February 2006, he was appointed by Governor Bill Richardson to be the state’s Natural Resources Trustee.
Race Type: Democratic Protect
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