Jeff Bingaman

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Jeff Bingaman
U.S. Junior Senator, New Mexico
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Party Democratic
Assumed office (class 1)

January 3, 1983
Serving with Pete Domenici

Preceded by Harrison Schmitt
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Born October 3, 1943
Spouse Anne Kovacovich Bingaman
Religion Methodist


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Jesse Francis "Jeff" Bingaman Jr. (born October 3, 1943) is the junior U.S. Senator from New Mexico. He has been in the Senate since 1983 and is a member of the Democratic Party. He was reelected in 1988, 1994, 2000 and 2006. On February 18, 2011, Sen. Bingaman announced that he will not seek reelection in 2012.

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Bingaman earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in government from Harvard University in 1965. He then entered the Stanford University School of Law, graduating in 1968.

Bingaman was elected Attorney General of New Mexico in 1978 and served until his election to the U.S. Senate in 1982, defeating Republican incumbent and former astronaut Harrison Schmitt. He was re-elected in 1988, 1994, 2000, and again in 2006. Bingaman has announce he will not run for reelection in 2012. [1]

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

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