National Labs

Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories employ some of the best and brightest minds in the country and are indispensable to our national security. The labs also strengthen our economy by providing high-paying, high-skilled technology jobs in our great state and I will always fight to protect their missions.

As an engineer, I bring a unique perspective to the U.S. Senate in advocating for New Mexico’s national laboratories. I have consistently fought to protect the national security missions of the labs while strengthening their diversity in areas such as energy, homeland security, and nonproliferation. I also remain focused on looking for ways to better leverage our laboratories’ resources and competitive strengths in partnership with universities and the private sector.

Our labs will continue to have a vital role in addressing the nation’s most pressing challenges, including energy independence. Additionally, the completion of the cleanup of defense legacy at Los Alamos is an important commitment that Congress and the Department of Energy have made to the community and the State of New Mexico, and that should remain a top funding priority. 


  • Heinrich Questions Top Military Officials On Trump’s National Security Declaration

    Feb. 26, 2019) - During a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing today on the Department of Defense budget, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) questioned Commander of United States Strategic Command General John Hyten and head of U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command General Terrence O'Shaughnessy on President Trump’s national emergency declaration to fund his border wall.  Earlier this month, President Trump declared a national emergency and said that he would take up to $3.6 billion dollars from military construction projects across the United States to pay for the wall. Read More

  • Heinrich: Act on energy, education

    SANTA FE - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich called on state lawmakers Friday to pass legislation dealing with renewable energy, climate change and early childhood education during their ongoing 60-day legislation. Read More

  • Heinrich To Address Joint Session Of NM Legislature

    SANTA FE, N.M. - On Friday, January 25, at 12 p.m. MT, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) will address a joint session of the New Mexico Legislature to share his vision for the state and urge lawmakers to make bold investments in early childhood education, clean energy, and New Mexico families. Read More

  • Heinrich Appointed As Ranking Member Of Strategic Forces Subcommittee

    Jan. 17, 2019) - Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) was appointed as the Ranking Member of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee on the Senate Armed Services Committee. The subcommittee's responsibilities include budget and policy oversight of nuclear weapons, non-proliferation, space programs, environmental cleanup and disposal, and missile defense. Read More

  • Heinrich Leads Bipartisan Legislation To Help Improve Veterans’ Health Care

    U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Senators Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Angus King (I-Maine), and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), introduced bipartisan legislation to help improve veterans' health care by increasing collaboration among federal agencies and authorizing the Department of Energy's (DOE) national laboratories, including Los Alamos National Laboratory, to develop technologies that solve complex data challenges.  Read More

  • Udall, Heinrich, Lujan Grisham Announce $20 Million from NSF for NM SMART Grid Center at UNM

    WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that the University of New Mexico (UNM) was awarded a $20 million, five-year grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to create the New Mexico SMART (Sustainable, Modular, Adaptive, Resilient and Transactive) Grid Center, an interdisciplinary research and education program to help support development of a modern electric grid. The center will coalesce ongoing independent research efforts throughout New Mexico in academia, national laboratories and industry under the umbrella of a unified, integrated program.  Read More