Portrait of Senator Bingaman

Jeff (Jesse Francis) Bingaman Jr. was born in El Paso, TX on October 3, 1943 and grew up in Silver City, NM. His father taught science at Western New Mexico University; his mother was a public school teacher. Jeff graduated from Harvard College in 1965 with a degree in government. He earned his law degree from Stanford in 1968. He met his wife, Anne Kovacovich, a fellow law student, while at Stanford. Jeff and Anne returned to New Mexico after graduation, and had their son John. That same year, Jeff was admitted to the New Mexico bar. He served in the U.S. Army Reserve, from 1968-1974.

Jeff Bingaman became assistant New Mexico Attorney General in 1969. He was in private practice from 1970-1978 and was elected Attorney General of New Mexico in 1978. Bingaman successfully ran for the U. S. Senate as a democrat in 1982, defeating incumbent Harrison Schmitt (R). Bingaman served 6 terms in the Senate and chose not to run for reelection in 2012. While in the Senate, he chaired the Senate Impeachment Trial Committee and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. He served on the Committee on Armed Services; Committee on Finance; Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions; and Joint Economic Committee. Bingaman’s priority issues were energy, natural resources, public lands, national and border security, health care, education, economy and competitiveness. He championed issues important to New Mexico’s families and communities. Jeff Bingaman boards a private airplane