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Michael F. BennetDEMDemocrat United States Senator
58
Years of Age
13
Years of Experience
COResidence (state)

Michael Farrand Bennet (born November 28, 1964) is an American attorney, businessman, and politician serving as the senior United States senator from Colorado, a seat he has held since 2009. A member of the Democratic Party, he was appointed to the seat when Senator Ken Salazar became Secretary of the Interior. Bennet previously worked as a managing director for the Anschutz Investment Company, chief of staff to Denver mayor (and his future Senate colleague) John Hickenlooper, and superintendent of Denver Public Schools. Bennet is the son of Douglas J. Bennet, a former State Department official and president of Wesleyan University. Early in his career, Bennet worked for Ohio Governor Richard Celeste. He received a Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School, worked as a law clerk, and was counsel to the U.S. Deputy Attorney General during the administration of Bill Clinton. Bennet became superintendent of the Denver public school system in July 2005. He was appointed by Governor Bill Ritter to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Ken Salazar when Salazar became Secretary of the Interior in January 2009. Bennet was elected in the 2010 Senate election, defeating Republican Ken Buck. He chaired the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) for the 2014 cycle and was reelected to the Senate in 2016 and 2022.

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Campaign Funding

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$17,579,297
Total Raised
$16,483,644
Total Spent
$1,531,853
Cash on Hand
Top Industries  (1 - 4 of 10) View All Industries
99%
Securities & Investment$2,069,531
90%
Lawyers/Law Firms$1,883,683
64%
Retired$1,330,193
45%
Real Estate$934,785
30%
Lobbyists$630,483
28%
Education$590,712
24%
Health Professionals$509,730
23%
Environment$485,158
23%
TV/Movies/Music$484,192
21%
Leadership PACs$436,350
Direct campaign contributions grouped by the industry industry of each donor/PAC.

Largest Contributors

Funding generally from an organization's PAC or its members/employees. Organizations did not donate directly.
Financial Data Source: Center for Responsive Politics
Education5 - 5 of 3
Yale Law School
Juris Doctor
1993
Wesleyan University
Bachelor of Arts study of history
1987
St. Albans School
1983
Past Positions1 - 8 of 8
Senator
United States Senate
2009 - Current
Superintendent
Denver Public Schools
2005 - 2009
Chief of Staff
Mayor, City of Denver, John Hickenlooper
2003 - 2005
Managing Director
Anschutz Investment Company
1997 - 2003
Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General
United States Department of Justice
1995 - 1997
Special Assistant
United States Attorney, State of Connecticut
1997
Administrative Aide
Ohio Governor Richard Celeste
1988 - 1990
Law Clerk
4th Circuit Court of Appeals
Other Experience1 - 8 of 8
Former Editor-in-Chief
Yale Law Journal
Former Chair
Subcommittee on Conservation, Forestry, and Natural Resources, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Commodities, Risk Management and Trade, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Primary Health and Retirement Security, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Children and Families, United States Senate
Former Member
Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Nutrition, Agricultural Research, and Specialty Crops, United States Senate