Michael Bennet is a US Senator from Colorado who is in his second term. He announced his run for President on May 2, 2019. (For debate info, visit our home page.)
Birthdate: November 28, 1964
Birthplace: New Delhi, India
Birth name: Michael Farrand Bennet
Father: Douglas J. Bennet, Jr., former President of NPR
Mother: Susanne (Klejman) Bennet, art collector/dealer, philanthropist
Marriage: Susan Daggett
Children: Halina, Anne and Caroline
Education: Wesleyan University, B.A. 1987; Yale University, J.D. 1993.
Campaign website: https://michaelbennet.com/
- After law school Bennet was a law clerk for the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals and an associate of Washington, D.C. attorney Lloyd Cutler. He then served as Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General during the Clinton administration.
- Bennet worked for six years in Denver as Managing Director for the Anschutz Investment Company, where he led the reorganization of an oil company and helped consolidate three movie theater chains into the Regal Entertainment Group.
- The Denver Board of Education selected Bennet as superintendent of Denver Public Schools on June 27, 2005, and he took office on July 1. He had no experience as a school administrator.
- On January 3, 2009, he was named by Colorado Governor Bill Ritter to fill the seat in the United States Senate vacated by United States Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar on January 20. He sucessfully ran for the office in 2010 and 2016.
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