Democratic Rep. Martin Heinrich is considering a run for Senate in 2012 following Sen. Jeff Bingaman’s announcement last week that he would not seek re-election in New Mexico, the House Member said Sunday.
“I have not yet made a decision, but together with my wife Julie, I plan to actively consider running,” Heinrich said in a statement. “Jeff Bingaman and I share a passionate concern for this great state and its people, and my decision will be based on whether I believe I can best serve New Mexico in the House or in the Senate.”
Heinrich called Bingaman (D) a “friend and mentor.” The five-term Senator had been favored for re-election according to recent polling, but he said Friday that “the end of this Congress is the right time for me to step aside and allow someone else to serve.”
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.