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Jeff Bingaman, JD Biography

Former US Senator (D-NM)
Con to the question "Should the United States Maintain Its Embargo against Cuba?"

“Another out-of-date policy from the Cold War is the trade embargo on Cuba. The world has changed, and it is long past time that we change our policies with Cuba… It does not make our country safer and it does no good to the people of Cuba…

That regime has survived 50 years of sanctions. Old age and ill health will end their rule rather than the embargo.

A better approach is building relationships between the people and businesses here and the people and businesses in Cuba.

This doesn’t mean we stop advocating for human rights. We should be able to balance these goals as we did in our approach with China and based on vote today on Russia.”

Speech on the floor of the US Senate, Dec. 6, 2012

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Distinguished fellow, Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, Stanford University, Apr. 2013-present
  • US Senator (D-NM), Jan. 3, 1983-Jan. 3, 2013
  • Chairman, Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, 2001-2002 and 2007-2013
  • Recipient, William S. Lee Award, 2006
  • Chairman, Senate Impeachment Trial Committee, 1989-1991
  • New Mexico Attorney General, 1979-1982
  • Served in United States Army Reserve, 1968-1974
  • Founded private law practice, 1970
  • Counsel, State constitutional convention, 1969
  • Assistant New Mexico attorney general, 1969
  • Admitted to New Mexico bar, 1968
  • Became Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America, 1958
  • Education:
  • JD, Stanford Law School, 1968
  • BA, Government, Harvard University, 1965
  • Other:
  • Born Oct. 3, 1943 in El Paso, TX
  • Legal name Jesse Francis Bingaman, Jr.
  • Quoted in:
    Pro & Con Quotes: Should the United States Maintain Its Embargo against Cuba?