Birthdate: Oct. 17, 1971
Birth Place: Fallon, NV, United States
Residence: Albuquerque, NM
State: New Mexico
Martin Heinrich was born in Fallon, Nev., and lives in Albuquerque, N.M. He earned a bachelor's degree in science and engineering from the University of Missouri.
Heinrich was elected to the U.S. House in 2008 from New Mexico's 1st Congressional District.
Before his election to Congress, Heinrich owned a public affairs consulting business. He was elected to the Albuquerque City Council in 2003 and became its president in 2006.
Former Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson named Heinrich as state natural resources trustee in February 2006.
He and his wife, Julie, have two children.
Martin Heinrich, a two term Democratic representative in U.S. House, is seeking in 2012 the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Democratic incumbent Jeff Bingaman. He defeated state Auditor Hector Balderas in New Mexico's 2012 Democratic primary.
In his campaign, Heinrich has positioned himself as a defender of working-class New Mexicans. The son of an electrician and factory worker, Heinrich promises to "advocate for the people who get up every day and go to work and do what good New Mexicans do to provide for their families."
"We're going to have to get our finances in line, there's no question about that," Heinrich said. "But we shouldn't do it on the backs of teachers and firefighters. We shouldn't do it by cutting education."
His 2012 Republican opponent, Heather Wilson, has tried to portray Heinrich as a big-spending, big-government Democrat and she criticizes his support for the health care reform bill signed into law in 2010 by President Barack Obama.
When the legislation passed, Heinrich said the "vote to reform our broken health insurance system defines who we are as a nation."
Heinrich was elected to represent New Mexico's 1st Congressional District in 2008. He is the first Democrat to win the Albuquerque-area district in 40 years.
In the House, a third of the members have a more liberal voting record than Heinrich, according to rankings by the National Journal.
Heinrich was the only member of New Mexico's three-member House delegation who supported a bill in 2011 that raised the debt ceiling and prevented a government default.
"Over the last several weeks, House Republicans have hijacked the very serious business of upholding the good faith and credit of our nation," Heinrich said. "We've clearly seen that tea party Republicans are willing to take our economy hostage just to score political points, but I'm not willing to do that. This agreement was necessary to avoid a global financial crisis, and I voted reluctantly to ensure that did not happen."
He backed the 2009 federal economic stimulus package and said it provided an "impressive list of things that will benefit our economy for a long time to come." In 2012, he voted for a $143 billion package that extended a payroll tax cut and federal unemployment benefits.
As member of the Armed Services Committee, Heinrich has watched out for the interests of Sandia National Laboratories and Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque. He promoted legislation that ensured New Mexico Air National Guard's 150th Fighter Wing would receive a mission after it was slated for elimination.
He also is a member of the House National Resources Committee.
Source: Associated Press