Justice & Civil Liberties

Our civil rights and liberties are only real if every American benefits from them equally. 

From fighting for LGBTQ+ equality and increasing transparency and accountability in government, to reforming our broken immigration system, protecting your right to privacy, closing the gender wage gap, and reducing sexual and domestic violence, I will work to safeguard the rights of all New Mexicans. 

During my time in the Senate, I have also worked to rein in the NSA's pervasive and constitutionally flawed domestic surveillance activities and adopt reforms that protect privacy while ensuring American security.

Together, we will create a fairer, more just future for our children.

Latest

  • Udall, Heinrich Slam Trump Administration Proposal To Weaken Protections Against Discrimination In Health Care

    August 14, 2019) - Yesterday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined 34 fellow Democratic senators to submit a comment letter for the record to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar criticizing the Trump Administration's proposed rule to weaken critical protections that help address discrimination in health care. The senators outlined several issues with the proposed rule, including how it could harm patients who already face barriers when seeking care by emboldening insurers and health care providers to discriminate against them, and called on the Trump Administration to withdraw the proposal. Read More


  • After mass shootings, gun law debate heats up

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The debate over guns is one that is very divisive, and one that many people are passionate about. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich says he is a hunter and believes in protecting the rights of law abiding gun owners. Read More


  • Heinrich urges votes on election security bills

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich criticized Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell last week for blocking legislation he said would protect elections from foreign interference. He called on the Republican senator from Kentucky to allow votes on legislation following testimony by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the release of Mueller's report detailing intervention by Russia in the 2016 presidential election. Read More


  • Heinrich Calls For Majority Leader McConnell To Protect American Democracy, Act On Election Security Legislation

    July 30, 2019) - Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, joined Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and fellow Democrats to call out the legislative graveyard that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has created, including blocking legislation to protect American elections from foreign interference. Read More


  • Udall, Heinrich Introduce Fair Elections Now Act

    July 26, 2019) - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, along with 23 Senate colleagues, have introduced the Fair Elections Now Act, which would dramatically change the way U.S. Senate elections are financed. Under the legislation, qualified Senate candidates would earn grants, matching funds, and television vouchers to run competitive campaigns based on small-dollar contributions, rather than rely on funding from wealthy donors and corporate special interests. Read More


  • Heinrich Leads Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation To Protect Native American Seeds And Traditional Food Products

    July 23, 2019) - Today, U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), U.S. Assistant House Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), and U.S. Representatives Don Young (R-Alaska), Betty McCollum (D-Minn.), and Tom Cole (R-Okla.) announced the introduction of the bipartisan, bicameral Native American Seeds Protection Act of 2019 to clearly identify ways to protect Native American seeds and traditional food products, and assist tribes in ensuring that cultural practices and traditional ways of life preserved. Read More


  • Bipartisan, Bicameral STOP Act To Safeguard Tribal Items Introduced

    (July 18, 2019) Today, U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) reintroduced the bipartisan Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony (STOP) Act, a bill to prohibit the exporting of sacred Native American items and increase penalties for stealing and illegally trafficking tribal cultural patrimony. The House companion was introduced by Assistant House Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), Don Young (R-Alaska), and Tom Cole (R-Okla.). Read More


  • Udall, Heinrich: Census Should Stay On Schedule, Omit Citizenship Question

    June 28, 2019) - Today U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined a group of 27 senators in calling for Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to meet the administration's previously set deadline of July 1 to begin printing materials for the 2020 Census and move forward without adding a politically motivated question about citizenship. Read More


  • Udall, Heinrich Seek Applicants to Fill Upcoming Vacancy on US District Court

    WASHINGTON -- On September 28, 2018, the Honorable Judith C. Herrera announced her intention to assume senior status after 15 years of distinguished service on the federal bench. Judge Herrera's announcement, effective July 1, 2019, will create a vacancy in Albuquerque, N.M., for a U.S. District Judge for the District of New Mexico. Read More