Former Senator Pete V. Domenici is a senior fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center. He served as a United States Senator from New Mexico longer than any other person (1973 to 2009). During his 36 years in the Senate, Domenici served as chairman and ranking minority member of the Senate Budget Committee and the Appropriations Subcommittee of Energy and Water Development. In addition, he served as chairman and ranking minority member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
As chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and the Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee, he promoted legislation to bolster U.S. efforts to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons and the components to build such weapons. He worked in support of the evolving mission of the U.S. national laboratories and other high-technology research facilities.
Domenici supports greater U.S. energy independence, encouraging the development of the domestic oil and natural gas industries, while calling for a reduction in the country's reliance on foreign sources of energy. He has led national efforts to assure that nuclear energy, which now provides over one-fifth of our nation's electricity, remains a strong option for clean, reliable production.