Former senator and Stanford alum Jeff Bingaman returns to the Farm

Jeff Bingaman
Jeff Bingaman

Former U.S. Sen. JEFF BINGAMAN, a Stanford Law School alumnus, has joined the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance as a distinguished fellow to develop policies to assist states and local communities in promoting increased use of clean energy.

Currently, 29 states plus the District of Columbia have adopted policies to promote increased generation of electricity from renewable energy sources in the form of Renewable Portfolio Standards. Seven other states have adopted voluntary goals for generation of electricity from renewable sources. Bingaman’s efforts will focus on actions that could be taken to extend and update those policies. His fellowship is made possible by a grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Bingaman, who spent 30 years in the Senate, championed the Clean Energy Standards Act of 2012, which would have required greater use of low-carbon energy sources. During his tenure, he served as chair of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. He also served on the Senate Finance Committee and its Subcommittee on Healthcare and on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee; in those committees he was involved in the development of the Affordable Care Act.

Bingaman earned his undergraduate degree in government from Harvard in 1965. He then entered the Stanford Law School, where he met, and later married, fellow law student Anne Kovacovich. After one year as New Mexico assistant attorney general and eight years in private law practice, Bingman was elected attorney general of New Mexico in 1978. In 1982, he won election to the U.S. Senate. He was re-elected to a fifth term in 2006. Bingaman’s seniority, along with his chairmanship of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, allowed him to pursue issues important to New Mexico families and communities.

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