Senator Jeff Bingaman, D-New Mexico

Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) was born on October 3, 1943, and was raised in Silver City, New Mexico . The son of educators, Bingaman attended Silver City public schools.

After graduating from Western High School (now Silver High) in 1961, Bingaman attended Harvard University and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in government in 1965. He then entered the Stanford University School of Law, graduating in 1968. Bingaman 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, Bingaman was elected Attorney General of New Mexico in 1978, and in 1982 he was elected to the U.S. Senate.

Bingaman is married to Anne Kovacovich Bingaman. They have one son, John. Ms. Bingaman, a Stanford graduate and longtime New Mexico attorney, works in the private sector.

Senator Bingaman is the Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. He serves on the Finance Committee, where he chairs the Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructure. He also serves on the Subcommittee on International Trade and Global Competitiveness and the Subcommittee on Health Care.

On the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Bingaman is the lead Democratic Senator on Education Standards, Education Technology, At-Risk Students, and Pension Reform.

He serves as Senior Member of the Joint Economic Committee. His Leadership Posts include: Deputy Democratic Whip, Member of the Democratic Steering and Coordination Committee, and Member of the Democratic Technology and Communications Committee.

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