A Wallace Stegner Center Green Bag lecture
12:15-1:15 p.m., S.J. Quinney College of Law, Level 6
In his presentation on “Bridging the Divide,” Senator Jeff Bingaman will discuss the obstacles that make it difficult to find common ground on policy disputes in Washington. He will discuss the tactics that undermine the proper functioning of the federal government, including shutdowns, threats to default on the national debt, and Senate refusal to consider Presidential nominations.
Jeff Bingaman, United States Senator, New Mexico, 1983-2013
Jeff Bingaman was born on October 3, 1943. He grew up in the southwestern New Mexico community of Silver City. His father was a chemistry professor and chair of the science department of Western New Mexico University. His mother taught in the public schools. After graduating from Western (now Silver) High School in 1961, Jeff attended Harvard College and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in government in 1965. He then entered Stanford Law School we 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. They have one son, John. After law school Jeff spent one year as an assistant attorney general and eight years in private law practice in Santa Fe. Jeff was elected Attorney General of New Mexico in 1978 and served four years in that position. In 1982 he was elected to the United States Senate. He was re-elected to a fifth term in the Senate in 2006. At the end of that term he chose not to seek re-election and completed his service in the Senate on January 3, 2013. At the time of his retirement from the Senate he was Chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. He also served on the Finance Committee, the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and the Joint Economic Committee. In April of 2013 he began a year as a Distinguished Fellow with the Steyer-Tyalor Center for Energy Policy and Finance and Stanford Law School. In 2015 he taught a seminar the function of Congress, in the Honors College at the University of New Mexico. Jeff and his wife, Anne, reside in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
1 hour of CLE (pending). Lunch provided.
No registration required. Free and open to the public.
This lecture is supported by a generous donation from the Cultural Vision Fund.
For questions about this event contact Spencer (801) 587-0391.
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