Jeff Bingaman

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Jeff Bingaman
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U.S. Senate, New Mexico
Former member
In office
January 3, 1983-2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 7, 2006
First electedNovember 2, 1982
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Attorney General of New Mexico
Bachelor'sHarvard University
J.D.Stanford University
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army Reserves
Years of service1968-1974
Date of birthOctober 3, 1943
Place of birthEl Paso, Texas
Net worth(2012) $10,472,583
Office website
Jesse Francis "Jeff" Bingaman, Jr. (b. October 3, 1943) was a Democratic member of the United States Senate from New Mexico. He was first elected to the Senate in 1982.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Bingaman was a "moderate Democratic leader."[1]

Bingaman did not run for re-election in 2012.[2][3]


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Bingaman was born in El Paso, Texas. He grew up in Silver City, New Mexico. After graduating from Silver High School, Bingaman earned a B.A. in government from Harvard University in 1965. He then entered Stanford Law School, graduating in 1968.


After his admission to the New Mexico bar, Bingaman commenced work as a private practice attorney alongside his wife. He also served as counsel to the New Mexico Constitutional Convention of 1969. From 1968 to 1974, Bingaman was a member of the U.S. Army Reserve.[4]

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate


Bingaman served on the following committees:[5]


Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Bingaman voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the Senate by an 89 - 8 vote on January 1, 2013.[6]



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

Bingaman did not run for re-election in 2012. Martin Heinrich (D) defeated Heather Wilson (R) and Jon Ross Barrie (I) in the general election.

The University of Virginia's Center for Politics published an article called Sabato's Crystal Ball on March 22, 2012, detailing the eight races in the Senate in 2012 that will decide the political fate of which party will end up with control in 2013.[7] The seat rated a toss-up that the Sabato's Crystal Ball believes is most likely to end up Democratic is the Senate seat in New Mexico. The article notes that the state has generally been leaning Democratic and did not become a race with much interest until incumbent Bingaman announced he would retire rather than seek re-election in 2012.[7] The Republican challenger Heather Wilson is expected to give Republicans a "fighting chance in a tough state for them."[7]


On November 7, 2006, Jeff Bingaman won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Allen W. McCulloch (D) and Orlin G. Cole (R) in the general election.[8]

U.S. Senate, New Mexico General Election, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Bingaman 70.6% 394,365
     Democratic Allen W. McCulloch 29.3% 163,826
     Republican (Write-in) Orlin G. Cole 0.1% 359
Total Votes 558,550

Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Bingaman's campaign funds before the 2006 election.
Bingaman was re-elected to the U.S. Senate for a fifth term in 2006. His campaign committee raised a total of $4,188,204 and spent $3,387,019.[9]


Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Bingaman paid his congressional staff a total of $2,548,009 in 2011. He ranked 17th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic senatorial staff salaries and ranked 48th overall of the lowest paid senatorial staff salaries in 2011. Overall, New Mexico ranked 32nd in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[10]

Net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Bingaman's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $4,937,166 to $16,008,000. That averages to $10,472,583, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic senators in 2011 of $20,795,450. His average calculated net worth[11] decreased by 35.56% from 2010.[12]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Bingaman's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $6,895,272 and $25,606,999. That averages to $16,251,135.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican senators in 2010 of $19,383,524.[13]

National Journal vote ratings


See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Bingaman ranked 25th in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. Senate.[14]

Political positions

Voting with party

November 2011

Jeff Bingaman voted with the Democratic Party 96.5 percent of the time, which ranked 5th among the 51 Senate Democratic members as of November 2011.[15]

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Bingaman, an Eagle Scout, and his wife Anne Kovacovich have one son.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Harrison Schmitt
United States Senate - New Mexico
Succeeded by
Martin Heinrich (D)
Preceded by
Toney Anaya
Attorney General of New Mexico
Succeeded by
Paul Bardacke