Albuquerque, NM – The web site Politico.com reports Bingaman says he will make a decision early next year. The 67-year-old Bingaman tells Politico he had considered retiring before previous campaigns for re-election, as well, adding there are "many pros and cons" to the idea.
Bingaman has served continuously as a US Senator from New Mexico since 1983, and is the chairman of the powerful Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. He says he hopes the next two years will bring the passage of key energy legislation, but he tells Politico that any potential campaign wouldn't be a concern in accomplishing that.
No clear Republican opposition has emerged so far for Bingaman in 2012, if he decides to run. But former Republican Congresswoman Heather Wilson, who is heading up incoming Governor Susana Martinez's transition team, may be a frontrunner.