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Senator Jeff Bingaman on The Role of Government in Health Care and Energy


February 13, 2013 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Room 290

The Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy & Finance is pleased to host Former Senator Jeff Bingaman to discuss the appropriate role of government in health care and energy.   Registration is required.  Please click here to register. 


Senator Jeff Bingaman's Bio:

Jeff Bingaman was born on October 3, 1943. He grew up in the southwestern New Mexico community of Silver City, in a family with deep, small town roots. His father was a science professor at Western New Mexico University, and his mother taught in the public schools.

After graduating from Western (now Silver) High School in 1961, Jeff attended Harvard University and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in government in 1965. He then entered the Stanford University School of Law, where he met, and later married, fellow law student, Anne Kovacovich.

Upon earning his law degree from Stanford in 1968, Jeff and Anne returned to New Mexico and had their son, John. Jeff 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, Jeff was elected Attorney General of New Mexico in 1978. In 1982, he won election to the United States Senate. He was re-elected to a fifth Senate term in 2006.  Jeff's seniority, along with his Chairmanship of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, allowed him to champion issues important to New Mexico families and communities. Jeff also served on the Senate Finance Committee and it's Subcommittee on Healthcare, as well as on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.  In those committees he was actively involved in the development of the Affordable Care Act.

Senator Bingaman retired from the Senate at the end of the 112th Congress, after 30 years in office.