In November 2012, Heinrich won election to the U.S. Senate, defeating Republican Heather Wilson in the general election.
A native of Fallon, Nevada, Martin Heinrich graduated from the University of Missouri in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in science and engineering, and later took graduate courses at the University of New Mexico. He served as executive director of the Cottonwood Gulch Foundation, a New Mexico nonprofit dedicated to educating young people on natural science and the environment, and founded his own public affairs consulting firm.
Heinrich served on the Albuquerque City Council from 2003 to 2007, which included one term as city council president in 2006. As a city councilman, he sought to reduce crime, raise the minimum wage, create new jobs, and he advocated the use of wind and solar power. In February 2006, he was appointed by Governor Bill Richardson to be the state’s Natural Resources Trustee. 
In the mid-1990s, after his undergraduate years, Heinrich moved to New Mexico on a whim, having read a book lauding the state’s extraordinary natural beauty. There, he got a job as a research engineer at the Phillips Research Site on Kirtland Air Force Base. A few years later, he enrolled in graduate school.
As recently as 2003, Heinrich was still a graduate student—at the school of architecture and planning at the University of New Mexico—and was only just starting to ponder a run for District Six’s vacant city council seat.
Javier Benavidez, a fellow student and long-time political activist from the city, volunteered for his campaign. “Like a lot of us at that school, he was focused on smart growth and community development,” he remembers.
Heinrich won that election and spent the next few years working on labor issues, conservation politics—the mayor at the time was floating plans to build a road through a landscape of ancient petroglyphs—transport policy, and other themes that endeared him to local progressives. “He was seen as a real fighter for working people. Very active when it came to labor disputes, the minimum wage, helping neighborhoods with crime issues, and smart growth. He was taking on some tough fights with big real estate and the Chamber of Commerce,” says Benavidez, who Heinrich hired on as his policy analyst.
In 2008, Heinrich ran for an open House seat, and won handily 56%-44%. In 2010, he won by fewer than 8,000 votes, but ran an effective campaign in the face of a Republican tide that swept many Republicans to victory in the state and country.
In the House, he serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the Committee on Natural Resources. A member of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee, last year he worked to build support for ratification of the New START agreement and this year was a leader in building bi-partisan support for full funding for nuclear non-proliferation programs.
21st Century Democrats support
21st Century Democrats is a Political Action Committee that has stood for Progressive causes for over 20 years. Founded in 1986 by Institute for Policy Studies affiliate, Iowa Senator Tom Harkin, Democratic Socialists of America affiliates, former Texas Agriculture Secretary Jim Hightower, and former Illinois Congressman Lane Evans. Its three main goals are to help elect progressive candidates, train young people about grassroots organizing, and lastly, to continue to support our elected officials after Election Day "through our comprehensive progressive network".
Carol Moseley Braun, a former US Senator from Illinois, and long time Communist Party USA affiliate, serves on the organization's Advisory Board. Long time Board chair was Democratic Socialists of America member Jim Scheibel, a former Mayor of Saint Paul, Minnesota.
The mission of 21st Century Democrats is to build a "farm team" of progressive populists who will be the future leaders of the Democratic Party.
- In each election cycle, we endorse a diverse array of candidates who exemplify our values and show unusual promise to advance our progressive goals. We invest in some of the most competitive races as well as in some of the most challenging – those in which the candidates are outstanding but the traditional Democratic supporters are most reticent. We back candidates in primaries as well as general election races, and we focus the bulk of our resources on electing challengers and protecting vulnerable incumbents.
He was one of 17 supported in 2010.
2012 CLW Senate victories
2012 CLW Senate Victories were;Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Bob Casey (D-PA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Angus King (I-ME), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Chris Murphy (D-CT) Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Jon Tester (D-MT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).
The Council said of Heinrich;
- He wrote: “Strengthening nuclear threat reduction efforts remains our first line of defense to reduce the risk of nuclear terrorism. Failure to secure or remove bomb-grade materials where they are most vulnerable will unnecessarily increase the likelihood that terrorists or countries hostile to the United States will acquire a nuclear weapons capability.”
- Heinrich supports ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty and the Kissinger-Schulz-Nunn-Perry vision of moving toward a world free of nuclear weapons. He also opposes building a new generation of nuclear weapons.
- On the Committee on Natural Resources, the Representative has worked on clean energy issues as part of a drive for energy independence.
- Additionally, Heinrich has pressed President Obama to begin withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan. Congressman Heinrich received a perfect 100% on the Council’s voting scorecard.
- If Martin Heinrich is elected to the U.S. Senate, he will be positioned to be an active leader on our issues for many years. Council for a Livable World has a history of helping to elect new candidates who can make a difference in the Senate, such as a little-known state senator from Illinois named Barack Obama and a 29-year old Joe Biden in his first statewide contest.
CLW Inauguration event
Council for a Livable World and the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation hosted an event on Monday, January 21, 2013 celebrating the second inauguration of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden and theirr endorsed candidates in the 113th Congress. The event was held at the Phoenix Park Hotel ballroom across from Union Station and just two blocks from the U.S. Capitol.
A number of prestigious guests attended the event, including Senators Tammy Baldwin, Martin Heinrich, Angus King and Bernie Sanders, U.S. Representatives Suzan DelBene, Lois Frankel and Mark Takano, United Steel Workers International President Leo Gerard, host of The Ed Show on MSNBC, Ed Schultz and Vicki Hansen Thackray from the executive committee of Democrats Abroad.
Board member Bob Musil introduced Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM). Senator Heinrich, who is well known for his environmental and clean energy advocacy, spoke about the importance of grassroots support. Over 1,300 council contributors gave more than $100,000 to Senator Heinrich’s campaign with an average gift of $75.
The Communications Workers of America is to make filibuster reform a top cause and they're trying to bring the rest of the union movement along. The union reiterated that goal in post-election comments.
"The 2012 election makes the reform even more paramount," it said. "Seven Democratic senators-elect - Tammy Baldwin (Wis.), Martin Heinrich (N.M.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Mazie Hirono (Hawaii), Tim Kaine (Va.), Chris Murphy (Conn.) and Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) - have all already pledged to Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., to support rules reform. And Maine's Independent candidate, former Gov. Angus King won on a platform included filibuster reform as a major campaign issue.
"The American people want their elected officials to debate and address the major issues of our time and to move past obstruction for obstruction's sake," added CWA Legislative Director Shane Larson.
Heinrich received $2000 in lobbying funds from Planned Parenthood in 2008.
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- The Chain Reaction, Council for a Livable World celebrates the 57th Presidential Inauguration JAN 29, 2013 | POSTED BY CHRISTINE
- PW, Momentum grows for ending the filibuster, by: Mark Gruenberg November 12 2012