Senator Martin Heinrich
Senator Martin Heinrich has long been a strong advocate for archaeology, historic preservation and our nation’s public lands. Before his election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2008, he served four years as an Albuquerque, New Mexico City Councilor. During his time on the City Council, he championed legislation establishing an archaeological ordinance and the position of a city archaeologist. After his term on the Albuquerque City Council, Heinrich served two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012, and continued to be a leading proponent of preserving and protecting public lands and cultural resources. He worked with communities across the state of New Mexico to designate the Río Grande del Norte and Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monuments. Heinrich also helped lead the effort to establish the Manhattan Project National Historical Park in Los Alamos, New Mexico.
In 2015, he supported increasing the Historic Preservation Fund, and with Senator Maria Cantwell, introduced legislation to permanently authorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which conserves and promotes public access to the country’s national parks, forests and public lands. Senator Heinrich has fought back efforts to dismantle the Antiquities Act, and to sell off public lands outside of national parks and monuments as a means to lower the federal deficit. In March 2015, Senator Heinrich, along with Senators Tom Udall, Marco Rubio, and Bob Mendez, and Representative Raul Grijalva, introduced a bipartisan bill to give colleges and universities with a high Hispanic student enrollment, access to a grant program for increasing Hispanic students’ participation in historic preservation and cultural programs.