Martin Heinrich

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Martin Heinrich
Martin Heinrich.jpg
U.S. House, New Mexico, District 1
In office
January 3, 2009-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 6
Base salary$174,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Trustee of New Mexico State Natural Resources
Albuquerque City Council
Bachelor'sUniversity of Missouri
OtherUniversity of New Mexico (attended but did not earn degree)
Date of birthOctober 17, 1971
Place of birthFallon, Nevada
ProfessionMechanical Enginner
Office website
Campaign website
Martin T. Heinrich (b. October 17, 1971) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from New Mexico. Heinrich was elected by voters from New Mexico's 1st congressional district.

He won election to the U.S. Senate in 2012.[1]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Heinrich is a "centrist Democrat".[2]


Heinrich was born in Fallon, Nevada. He earned a B.A. from the University of Missouri in 1995 and pursued graduate coursework at the University of New Mexico.[3]


He began his career working as a mechanical engineer at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico. Prior to being elected to Congress, Heinrich served as Albuquerque City Council President and as Natural Resources Trustee for the State of New Mexico.[4]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Heinrich serves on the following committees:[5]


Campaign themes


According to his website, Heinrich's campaign platform included the following issues[8]:

  • Raising taxes on the wealthy
  • Promoting renewable energy
  • Bringing home the troops

Political positions

Specific Votes

Rep. Heinrich voted for the stimulus bill.[9] 57% of U.S. voters believe that the stimulus has either hurt the economy (36%) or had no impact (21%). 38% believe the stimulus helped the economy. [10]

Heinrich also voted in favor of the "Cash for Clunkers" bill.[11] According to a June 2009 Rasmussen Reports poll, 54% of likely U.S. voters opposed Cash for Clunkers, while 35% supported it.[12]

Heinrich supported the "Cap and Trade" bill.[13] Just after the bill’s passage, 42% of likely U.S. voters said that cap and trade would hurt the economy, while 19% believed it would help. 15% said that the bill would have no impact.[14]

Finally, Heinrich voted in favor of the health care reform bill.[15] 57% of likely voters at least somewhat favor repeal of the health care reform bill, including 46% who strongly favor repeal. 35% of likely voters oppose repeal. 51% of likely voters believe the health care reform bill will be bad for the country, while 36% believe it will be beneficial.[16]



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

Heinrich ran for U.S. Senate in 2012.[17] He defeated Hector Balderas in the June 5 Democratic primary and defeated Heather Wilson in the November general election.[1][18]

The University of Virginia's Center for Politics published an article called Sabato's Crystal Ball on March 22, 2012 detailing the 8 races in the Senate in 2012 that would decide the political fate of which party will end up with control in 2013.[19] The seat, rated a toss-up, was seen by Sabato's Crystal Ball as most likely to end up Democratic. The article noted that the state has generally been leaning Democratic and did not become a race with much interest until the incumbent Jeff Bingaman announced he would retire rather than seek re-election in 2012.[19] The Republican challenger Heather Wilson was expected to give Republicans a "fighting chance in a tough state for them".[19][20]

U.S. Senate-New Mexico Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMartin Heinrich 58.9% 83,432
Hector Balderas 41.1% 58,128
Total Votes 141,560


On November 2, 2010, Heinrich was re-elected to the United States House for a second term. He defeated Jonathan L. Barela (R).[21]

United States House, New Mexico General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMartin Heinrich Incumbent 51.8% 112,010
     Republican Jonathan L. Barela 48.2% 104,215
Total Votes 216,225


Martin Heinrich vs. Heather Wilson
Poll Heinrich WilsonOther candidateUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Rasmussen (August 23,2012)
Public Policy Polling (September 7-9)
Albequerque Journal (September 3-6)
Research & Polling Inc. of Albuquerque
(October 23-25, 2012)
Public Opinion Strategies (October 29, 2012)
GBA Strategies (October 30,2012)
AVERAGES 48.5% 41.83% 3.33% 6.17% +/-3.9 608.5
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to



Heinrich has been endorsed by the Sierra Club, New Mexico AFL-CIO, National Education Association, and Planned Parenthood Action Fund, among others.[22] A longer list of endorsements is available on his website.

Campaign donors


Martin Heinrich[23] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[24]April 13, 2012$1,369,967.70$491,047.80$(307,022.46)$1,553,993.04
Pre-Primary[25]May 24, 2012$1,553,993.04$330,186.43$(722,546.58)$1,161,632.89
July Quarterly[26]July 13, 2012$1,161,632.89$1,088,428.57$(486,308.10)$1,763,753.36
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Heinrich's campaign funds before the 2010 election.
Heinrich was re-elected to the U.S. House in 2010 for a second term. His campaign committee raised a total of $2,750,081 and spent $2,728,325.[27]


Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Heinrich paid his congressional staff a total of $978,425 in 2011. Overall, New Mexico ranks 23rd in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[28]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Heinrich's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $19,015 to $120,000. Averaging to a net worth of $69,507.50 which is lower than the average net worth of Democrats in 2010 of $4,465,875.[29]

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Martin Heinrich voted with the Democratic Party 89.6% of the time, which ranked 152nd among the 192 House Democratic members as of December 2011.[30]


Heinrich and his wife Julie are raising their two sons in Albuquerque.[31]

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 CNN "New Mexico Senate Race - 2012 Election Center"
  2. Gov Track "Heinrich" Accessed May 23, 2012
  3. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "HEINRICH, Martin, (1971 - )"
  4. Martin Heinrich, Representing the 1st District of New Mexico "Biography"
  5. Martin Heinrich, Representing the 1st District of New Mexico "Committee Assignments"
  6. Armed Services Committees "Subcommittees"
  7. Natural Resources Committee "Subcommittees"
  8. Martin Heinrich campaign website "Issues," Accessed May 26, 2012
  9. US House Clerk "Roll Call 46," January 28, 2009
  10. Rasmussen "38% Say Stimulus Plan Helped Economy, 36% Say It Hurt," August 24, 2010
  11. US House Clerk "Roll Call 314," June 9, 2009
  12. Rasmussen "54% Oppose “Cash for Clunkers” Plan To Spur Purchase of Greener Cars," June 23, 2009
  13. US House Clerk "Roll Call 477," June 26, 2009
  14. Rasmussen "42% Say Climate Change Bill Will Hurt The Economy," June 30, 2009
  15. US House Clerk "Roll Call 165," March 21, 2010
  16. Rasmussen "61% Favor Repeal of Health Care Law," September 20, 2010
  17. Roll Call "Balderas Enters N.M. Senate Race Against Heinrich," Accessed January 6, 2012
  18. Associated Press "New Mexico - Summary Vote Results," June 6, 2012
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 Center for Politics "Tilting the Toss Ups – the Eight Races That Will Decide the Senate" Accessed April 9, 2012
  20. New Mexico Secretary of State "2012 Primary Results"
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  22. Martin Heinrich campaign website "News," Accessed May 26, 2012
  23. FEC Reports "Martin Heinrich Summary Reports" Accessed August 21, 2012
  24. FEC Reports "April Quarterly" Accessed August 21, 2012
  25. FEC Reports "Pre-Primary" Accessed August 21, 2012
  26. FEC Reports "July Quarterly" Accessed August 21, 2012
  27. Open Secrets "Martin Heinrich 2010 Election Data," Accessed December 2, 2011
  28. LegiStorm, "Martin Heinrich," Accessed October 2, 2012
  29., "Martin Heinrich (D-NM), 2010," Accessed October 2, 2012
  30. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  31. Martin Heinrich for Senate "About"
Political offices
Preceded by
Heather Wilson
U.S. House of Representatives - New Mexico District 1
Succeeded by
Preceded by
New Mexico State Natural Resources Trustee
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Albuquerque City Council
Succeeded by