On the Issues


New Mexico’s boundless natural resources power our people and our economy.

Protecting these resources have driven Martin’s time in public office, from his work passing green building codes and water conservation incentives on the Albuquerque city council to his fight to keep public lands in public hands.

Martin’s work to protect our lands and grow our outdoor recreation industry is helping to strengthen New Mexico’s economy. Each year the outdoor industry generates $9.9 billion in consumer spending, $623 million in state and local tax revenue, and 99,000 jobs across the state.

Protecting our public lands and New Mexico’s way of life includes acknowledging that climate change is real and taking concrete steps to stop its effects. Martin is a recognized leader in the Senate calling for climate action, curbing greenhouse gases and energy conservation.

Public lands connect people of all means with our traditions and the great outdoors – when we protect these places, it doesn’t take much for families to go camping, hunting or fishing. While wealthy special interests would prefer locked gates and no trespassing signs, public land advocates like Martin are fighting back on behalf of working families and our environment.

Martin has:

  • Championed the creation of the Rio Grande Del Norte and Organ Mountains Desert-Peaks National Monuments and stood up to the Trump administration’s attempted land-grab
  • Created the Columbine-Hondo Wilderness in the Carson National Forest
  • Played an instrumental role in the creation of the Sabinoso Wilderness and worked to finally unlock public access
  • Pushed the creation of the Manhattan Project National Historic Park into law
  • Passed legislation expanding public access to the Valles Caldera National Preserve and putting the National Park Service in charge of its management
  • Made it easier for defense installations to launch clean energy projects
  • Led the fight to keep a rule limiting natural gas waste to protect air quality and taxpayer-owned natural gas