During his tenure in the U.S. House, Representative Martin Heinrich has been an environmental and clean energy leader, as demonstrated by his lifetime score of 95% on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard.
Representative Heinrich’s role as a champion on clean energy and conservation is further demonstrated by his participation in the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition and his steadfast defense of the Clean Air Act against ongoing pressure to undermine its authority, including voting against legislation that would prevent the EPA from applying commonsense safeguards to curb harmful carbon pollution and protect public health.
In the U.S. Senate, Heinrich has pledged to continue his fight to make this country energy independent. A true conservationist, Heinrich has had a life-long commitment to the environment. As a board member of the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, he brought ranchers, Native American leaders, and environmentalists together to win federal protection for the Ojito Wilderness. He also served New Mexico as the Natural Resources Trustee where he worked to restore contaminated public lands using funds seized from environmental polluters.
Heinrich joins the U.S. Senate after defeating Heather Wilson, a former Congresswoman who received a lifetime score of 15% on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard during her time in Congress, earning her a spot on LCV’s Dirty Dozen campaign again this election cycle. Heinrich fills the seat held by retiring Senator Jeff Bingaman, who received a lifetime score of 72% on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard through 2011.
In his own words:
"Our nation faces a tremendous challenge in our need to reverse climate change and to lead the world in clean energy technology. I share their commitment in rising to that challenge," said Martin Heinrich. "Here in New Mexico, we already know the potential for clean energy to create jobs and jumpstart our economy. Through American ingenuity and the right policies we can unleash the full potential of this growing industry and put even more Americans to work building the clean energy economy."