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U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman to receive honorary doctorate from NMSU

U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman will receive an honorary degree from New Mexico State University during the fall 2008 commencement ceremony Saturday, Dec. 13, at the Pan American Center. Commencement begins at 10 a.m. with candidates for degrees from all colleges attending this ceremony.

Sen. Bingaman grew up in Silver City. His father was a science professor at Western New Mexico University, and his mother taught in the public schools. After graduating from high school, Bingaman earned a bachelor's degree in government from Harvard University in 1965. He then entered the Stanford University School of Law, graduating in 1968. While at Stanford, he met fellow law student Anne Kovacovich. After graduation, they married and returned to New Mexico where they both practiced law. The two have a son named John.

Bingaman's political career began when he was elected New Mexico's attorney general in 1978. In that office, he earned a reputation as a thoughtful and dedicated public official. In 1982, he won election to the U.S. Senate. Since then, his seniority in the Senate and his leadership positions on key committees have allowed him to successfully fight for issues important to New Mexico.

During his time in office, Sen. Bingaman has shown an exceptional commitment to numerous NMSU programs, including those that strengthen economic development, research on renewable energy and the protection of natural resources, among others.

Sen. Bingaman won re-election in 2006 and is currently serving his fifth term in the Senate.