U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich is the junior United States Senator for New Mexico. Elected in 2012, Heinrich serves on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources, Armed Services, Intelligence, and Joint Economic Committees. Heinrich joined the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus in 2009 as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served for two terms before being elected to the Senate. He is also one of four lawmakers to sit on the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission.
An avid backcountry hunter, Heinrich is a leader on habitat conservation issues, improving access to public lands, and boosting the outdoor recreation economy. In his home state of New Mexico, hunters and anglers alone spend more than $613 million per year, and outdoor recreation as a whole is directly responsible for 68,000 jobs in the state.
Heinrich is a lead sponsor of the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2015, which includes a broad array of measures to enhance opportunities for hunters, anglers, and outdoor recreation enthusiasts. The bipartisan package also includes the Hunt Unrestricted on National Treasures (HUNT) Act, a measure Heinrich first introduced in the House to maintain and expand access to the public lands that provide key fish and wildlife habitat and offer unequaled opportunities for hunting and fishing. He is also a lead proponent of permanently authorizing and fully funding the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).
Heinrich worked with communities across New Mexico to designate the Río Grande del Norte and Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monuments. These two areas within the National Landscape Conservation System are managed by the Bureau of Land Management and harbor some of the best hunting and fishing opportunities in the state of New Mexico.
“Hunting and fishing are a way of life for millions of Americans – especially in my home state of New Mexico. It’s an honor to serve on the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus to work to increase opportunities for hunters and anglers and conserve fish and wildlife habitat, while growing our outdoor recreation economy. As an avid hunter myself, I remain deeply committed to safeguarding our outdoor heritage and conserving America’s treasured public lands for future generations to enjoy,” said Senator Martin Heinrich.
"Like many New Mexicans, my 11-year-old son and I went elk hunting on public land last fall. The bull elk that we brought home will feed our family for most of the coming year, but the experience of backpacking into the Sangre de Cristos, sleeping on the ground and hearing the elk bugle around us will feed my son’s imagination for decades to come. The Sportsmen’s Act will help ensure that American families can pass on these outdoor traditions year after year and for generations to come."
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Recently, numerous states have tried to pass legislation that would ban hunting contests. What is your personal view on hunting contests?
- I am fine with hunting contests and have participated in them. (35.29%)
- I support others’ ability to participate in them but I choose not to. (27.94%)
- I support hunting contests, but believe the regulations governing the contests should be updated to ensure that all contest promoters work with tanneries to make use of the animals harvested. (14.71%)
- I am against hunting contests. (20.59%)
- I am unsure. (1.47%)