Martin Heinrich

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Martin Heinrich
Martin Heinrich.jpg
U.S. Senate, New Mexico
In office
January 3, 2013
Term ends
January 3, 2019
Years in position 1
PredecessorJeff Bingaman (D)
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$16.93 in 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 2018
Campaign $$11,963,130
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House, New Mexico, District 1
January 3, 2009-2013
Trustee of New Mexico State Natural Resources
Albuquerque City Council
Bachelor'sUniversity of Missouri
OtherUniversity of New Mexico (attended but did not earn degree)
BirthdayOctober 17, 1971
Place of birthFallon, Nevada
ProfessionMechanical Enginner
Net worth$53,008
Office website
Campaign website
Martin T. Heinrich (b. October 17, 1971, in Fallon, Nevada) is a Democratic U.S. Senator for New Mexico. He is currently serving in his first term, having won election to the U.S. Senate in 2012.[1][2] He defeated Hector Balderas in the June 5th Democratic primary and defeated Heather Wilson in the November general election.[1][3]

Prior to assuming his seat in the U.S. Senate on January 3, 2013, Heinrich served as a member of the U.S. House, representing the 1st Congressional District of New Mexico.

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

Heinrich will first come up for re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2018. His term ends January 3, 2019.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Heinrich is a more moderate left of center Democratic Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Democratic Party line more than his fellow members.


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.[4] Before entering politics, Heinrich worked as a mechanical engineer at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico.[4]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Heinrich's academic, professional and political career:[4]

  • 1995: Graduated from University of Missouri
  • 2003-2007: Member of the Albuquerque City Council
  • 2009-2013: U.S. House Representative
  • 2013-Present: U.S. Senator

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate


Heinrich serves on the following Senate committees:[5]

U.S. House


Heinrich served on the following committees:[6]


Campaign themes


According to his website, Heinrich's campaign platform included the following issues:[7]

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


Legislative actions

113th Congress


The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[8] For more information pertaining to Heinrich's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[9]

National security

Iranian sanctions support

Voted "Yes" Heinrich voted in support of S Res 65 - A resolution strongly supporting the full implementation of United States and international sanctions on Iran and urging the President to continue to strengthen enforcement of sanctions legislation. The resolution passed in the Senate by a vote of 99-0 on May 22, 2013.[10]

John Brennan CIA nomination
See also: Rand Paul filibuster of John Brennan's CIA Nomination in March 2013

Voted "Yes" Heinrich voted in support of the confirmation of John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The nomination was confirmed by the Senate by a vote of 63-34 on March 7, 2013. Most Democrats supported the nomination, while Republicans were somewhat divided with roughly one-third supporting the nomination.[11]


Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" During the shutdown in October 2013, the Senate rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[12] The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. Heinrich voted with the Democratic Party for the bill.[13]

Student loan interest rates

Voted "Yes" Heinrich voted in support of HR 1911 - To amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to establish interest rates for new loans made on or after July 1, 2013. The bill passed in the Senate by a vote of 81-18 on July 24, 2013. The purpose of the bill was to set interest rates for student loans retroactively. Some Democrats split on the bill.[14]

No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013

Voted "Yes" Heinrich voted in support of HR 325 - A bill to ensure the complete and timely payment of the obligations of the United States Government until May 19, 2013, and for other purposes. The bill passed in the Senate by a vote of 64-34 on January 31, 2013. The purpose of the bill was to temporarily suspend the debt ceiling and withhold the pay of members of Congress until a budget could be passed. The vote largely followed party lines with Democrats overwhelmingly supporting it and many Republicans in opposition to the bill.[15]


Mexico-U.S. border

Voted "No" Heinrich voted in opposition of Thune Amdt. No. 1197 - Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border. The amendment failed in the Senate by a vote of 39-54 on June 18, 2013. The purpose of the amendment was to require the completion of 350 miles of fence described in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted. It would also require 700 miles of fence be completed before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be changed to permanent resident status. The vote followed party lines.[16]


Defund Affordable Care Act

Voted "No" Heinrich voted in opposition of Cruz Amdt. No. 30 - To prohibit the use of funds to carry out the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment failed in the Senate by a vote of 45-52 on March 13, 2013. The purpose of the amendment was to block funding for the healthcare program. Voting was split along party lines.[17]

Social issues

Background checks on gun sales

Voted "Yes" Heinrich voted in support of Manchin Amdt. No. 715 - To protect Second Amendment rights, ensure that all individuals who should be prohibited from buying a firearm are listed in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, and provide a responsible and consistent background check process. The amendment failed in the Senate by a vote of 54-46 on April 17, 2013. The purpose of the amendment was to extend background checks for gun sales to gun shows and internet sales. Five democrats voted in opposition of the amendment, while four republicans supported it.[18]

Assault weapon ban

Voted "No" Heinrich voted in opposition of Feinstein Amdt. No. 711 - To regulate assault weapons, to ensure that the right to keep and bear arms is not unlimited, and for other purposes. The purpose of the bill was to ban the future sale, manufacturing and possession of assault weapons. The amendment failed in the Senate by a vote of 40-60 on April 17, 2013. One republican voted in support of the amendment while fifteen democrats voted in opposition.[19]

Violence Against Women (2013)

Voted "Yes" Heinrich voted in support of S 47 - A bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act of 1994. The bill was passed in the Senate by a vote of 78-22 on February 12, 2013. The purpose of the bill was to combat violence against women, from domestic violence to international trafficking in persons. All 22 dissenting votes were cast by Republicans.[20]

Political positions

American response in Syria

Following the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's passage of a resolution authorizing President Barack Obama's proposed military strikes against the Assad regime in Syria on September 4, 2013, Heinrich supported the action, albeit with a caveat attached. He stated, "I commend President Obama for seeking congressional approval for military action against the Assad regime in Syria, but I believe the draft resolution that the administration submitted to Congress over the weekend was overly broad and open-ended. Therefore, I welcome the new draft resolution written by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee leadership to ensure any military action taken is both limited in scope and duration, and prevents the use of any U.S. ground forces inside Syria."[21]

Specific votes

Rep. Heinrich voted for the stimulus bill, which 57% of U.S. voters believed either hurt the economy (36%) or had no impact (21%). Only 38% believe the stimulus helped the economy.[22][23] Heinrich also voted in favor of the "Cash for Clunkers" bill.[24] According to a June 2009 Rasmussen Reports poll, 54% of likely U.S. voters opposed Cash for Clunkers, while 35% supported it.[25]

Heinrich supported the "Cap and Trade" bill.[26] 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. Only 15% said that the bill would have no impact.[27]

Finally, Heinrich voted in favor of the health care reform bill, which 57% of likely voters at least somewhat favor repeal of, including 46% who strongly favor repeal. Only 35% of likely voters oppose repeal. While 51% of likely voters believe the health care reform bill will be bad for the country, 36% believe it will be beneficial.[28][29]

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Heinrich 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. He was 1 of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257-167 vote on January 1, 2013.[30]



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

Heinrich won election to the U.S. Senate in 2012.[31] He defeated Hector Balderas in the June 5th Democratic primary and defeated Heather Wilson in the November general election.[1][3]

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.[32] 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.[32] The Republican challenger, Heather Wilson, was expected to give Republicans a "fighting chance in a tough state for them."[32][33]

General election

U.S. Senate, New Mexico General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMartin Heinrich 51% 395,717
     Republican Heather Wilson 45.3% 351,260
     Independent American Jon Ross Barrie 3.6% 28,199
Total Votes 775,176
Source: New Mexico Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Democratic Primary

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

Full history


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

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Heinrich is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Heinrich raised a total of $11,963,130 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 22, 2013.[36]

Martin Heinrich's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US Senate (New Mexico) Won $6,699,290
2010 US House (New Mexico, District 1) Won $2,750,081
2008 US House (New Mexico, District 1) Won $2,513,759
Grand Total Raised $11,963,130


Breakdown of the source of Heinrich's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Heinrich won election to the U.S. Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Heinrich's campaign committee raised a total of $6,699,291 and spent $6,692,326.[37] This is less than the average $10.2 million spent by Senate winners in 2012.[38]

Cost per vote

Heinrich spent $16.93 per vote received in 2012.


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.[39]


Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Heinrich was a "centrist Democrat" before joining the Senate in 2013.[40]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[41]

Heinrich most often votes with:

Heinrich least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Heinrich missed 0 of 96 roll call votes from January 2013 to April 2013. This amounts to 0%, which is better than the median of 1.7% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving as of April 2013.[42]

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 ranked 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.[43]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Heinrich was one of nearly 25 percent of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Heinrich's staff was given an apparent $54,804.16 in bonus money.[44]

Unpaid interns

In January 2014, Heinrich drew criticism from conservatives for co-sponsoring legislation to raise the national minimum wage while his office had unpaid interns on staff. According to a report released by the Employment Practices Institute, 96% of sponsors of the Fair Minimum Wage Act, among them Heinrich, did not pay their interns. Heinrich did not comment on the criticism, but other New Mexico Democrats argued that though they are unpaid, congressional internships offered valuable experience, could be used for college credit and might lead to future employment. As of January 2014, New Mexico's sole Republican representative, Steve Pearce, was not paying his interns, nor did he support raising the minimum wage.[45][46]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Heinrich's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $106,984 and $448,999. That averages to $277,991.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic senators in 2012 of $13,566,333.90. Heinrich ranked as the 93rd most wealthy senator in 2012.[47]

Martin Heinrich Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net Worth% Difference from previous year

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. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.


Heinrich ranked 149th in the liberal House rankings in 2012.[48]


Heinrich ranked 146th in the liberal House rankings in 2011.[49]

Voting with Party


Heinrich voted with the Democratic Party 94.2% of the time, which ranked 32nd among the 52 Senate Democratic members as of June 2013.[50]


Heinrich voted with the Democratic Party 89.6% of the time, which ranked 152nd among the 192 House Democratic members as of December 2011.[51]


Heinrich and his wife Julie are raising their two sons in Albuquerque.[52]

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External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 CNN, "New Mexico Senate Race - 2012 Election Center"
  2. Roll Call, "Balderas Enters N.M. Senate Race Against Heinrich," accessed January 6, 2012
  3. 3.0 3.1 Associated Press, "New Mexico - Summary Vote Results," June 6, 2012
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "HEINRICH, Martin, (1971 - )"
  5. Congressional Quarterly, "Senate Committee List," accessed January 22, 2013
  6. Martin Heinrich, Representing the 1st District of New Mexico, "Committee Assignments"
  7. Martin Heinrich campaign website, "Issues," accessed May 26, 2012
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  9. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  10. Washington Post, "S RES 65," May 22, 2013
  11. Washington Post, "Confirmation of John Owen Brennan," March 7, 2013
  12. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  13., "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013
  14. Washington Post, "HR 1911," July 24, 2013
  15. Washington Post, "HR 325," January 31, 2013
  16. Washington Post, "S 744," June 18, 2013
  17. Washington Post, "HR 933," March 13, 2013
  18. Washington Post, "S 649 Expand background check to gun shows and Internet," April 17, 2013
  19. Washington Post, "S 649 Ban assault weapons," April 17, 2013
  20. Washington Post, "S 47," February 12, 2013
  21. Martin Heinrich, United States Senator for New Mexico, "Press Release: Heinrich Statement On Proposed Senate Resolution To Authorize Use Of Military Force In Syria," September 4, 2013
  22. US House Clerk, "Roll Call 46," January 28, 2009
  23. Rasmussen, "38% Say Stimulus Plan Helped Economy, 36% Say It Hurt," August 24, 2010
  24. US House Clerk, "Roll Call 314," June 9, 2009
  25. Rasmussen, "54% Oppose “Cash for Clunkers” Plan To Spur Purchase of Greener Cars," June 23, 2009
  26. US House Clerk, "Roll Call 477," June 26, 2009
  27. Rasmussen, "42% Say Climate Change Bill Will Hurt The Economy," June 30, 2009
  28. US House Clerk, "Roll Call 165," March 21, 2010
  29. Rasmussen, "61% Favor Repeal of Healthcare Law," September 20, 2010
  30. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  31. Roll Call, "Balderas Enters N.M. Senate Race Against Heinrich," accessed January 6, 2012
  32. 32.0 32.1 32.2 Center for Politics, "Tilting the Toss Ups – the Eight Races That Will Decide the Senate," accessed April 9, 2012
  33. New Mexico Secretary of State, "2012 Primary Results"
  34. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  35. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  36., "Career Fundraising for Martin Heinrich," accessed April 22, 2013
  37., "Martin Heinrich 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 26, 2013
  38., "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  39., "Martin Heinrich 2010 Election Data," accessed December 2, 2011
  40. Gov Track, "Heinrich," accessed May 23, 2012
  41. OpenCongress, "Sen. Martin Heinrich," accessed August 22, 2013
  42. GovTrack, "Martin Heinrich," accessed March 26, 2013
  43. LegiStorm, "Martin Heinrich," accessed October 2, 2012
  44. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  45., "Conservative group attacks Heinrich and others on minimum wage, internships," January 28, 2014
  46., "Maximum Hypocrisy on the Minimum Wage" January 27, 2014
  47., "Heinrich, (D-NM), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  48. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 6, 2013
  49. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  50. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  51. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  52. Martin Heinrich for Senate, "About"
Political offices
Preceded by
Jeff Bingaman
U.S. Senate - New Mexico
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Heather Wilson
U.S. House of Representatives - New Mexico District 1
Succeeded by
Michelle Lujan Grisham
Preceded by
New Mexico State Natural Resources Trustee
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Albuquerque City Council
Succeeded by