This month, the
Waterfowl Advocate interviewed three newly elected lawmakers about the legislative issues they see affecting sportsmen in the upcoming Congress.
U.S. Senator-elect Martin Heinrich (NM)
DU: As an incoming senator, please tell us a little about your background.
Raised in rural areas in the West and Midwest, fishing and hunting have always been an important part of my life. I’m a passionate public lands and backcountry hunter. Throughout my career, I’ve been a strong advocate for protecting public land and expanding responsible access to it for all Americans, and I plan to do the same in the United States Senate.
Elected to Congress in 2008, I’ve served for two terms as a member of the House Natural Resources Committee and play an important role in managing public lands and developing the country’s energy resources, both prominent assets to my home state of New Mexico. Prior to Congress, I served as an Albuquerque city councilor and helped make Albuquerque a leader in energy and water conservation. I also served as the State of New Mexico’s natural resources trustee, working to protect the state’s natural environment and cleaning up contaminated areas in impoverished areas.
DU: What are your legislative priorities for the 113th Congress that will affect sportsmen?
Sportsmen are the guardians of something uniquely American: our public wildlife and public lands. As New Mexico’s next U.S. senator, I will be a strong and effective voice for access, conservation and maintaining our outdoor heritage. I support policies that encourage joint private/public partnerships that protect habitat and preserve the North American model of wildlife conservation to provide additional hunting and fishing areas. Educating the public and engaging with communities across the country about these issues are essential to ensuring our sons and daughters have the same access to the outdoors that we enjoy today.
The following issues are critically important to me: 1) Maintaining and improving fish and wildlife habitat, 2) Providing responsible access to public lands for hunting and fishing and 3) Engaging our kids in our outdoor heritage.