Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington:
Cantwell is best known for her passionate pro-environment stances, and her political leadership in developing alternative energy sources and financial industry reform. Senator Cantwell is a hardworker and policy "wonk" with terrific political skills. Veteran Sen. Patrick Leahy has referred to her as a workhorse.
Maria Cantwell also came to national prominence for her spirited support of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform bill. Both senators singled her out for praise when Congress first passed the legislation.
Major Areas of Interest:
Senate Committees in 112th Congress, 2011-2012:
- Energy & Natural Resources Committee
- Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee
- Finance Committee
- Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee
- Indian Affairs Committee
- Congressional Internet Caucus
- Birth - October 13, 1958 In Indianapolis, Indiana
- Education - B.A. in public administration in 1980 from Miami University of Ohio
- Family - Single, shares a modest home in Edmond, Washington with her mother
- Faith - Roman Catholic
Senator Cantwell and Her Father:
Interesting Personal Notes:
"The civil liberties that our nation's founders fought so hard to provide us with should not be the very liberties that are on the table whenever we face a potential domestic threat. In particular, our nation's traditions demand a respect for the privacy of people's personal effects. That's why I am very conerned about provisions in the Patriot Act that compromise the privacy of bookstore proprietors, librarians and their customers."
"Even though it's the United States Senate, it's a ittle bit better (work) pace than an Internet startup or a campaign in high gear."
"....the GI Bill opened the door to higher education, helping millions of service members and veterans who wouldn't otherwise have had the chance to pay for college. But there are many others who did not, or could not, use their earned education benefits within that time frame. We should not stop veterans from going to school because of an arbitrary time limit. The GI Bill for Life, would ensure that educational opportunities are lifelong, allowing service members and veterans the flexibility to seek education and job training opportunities when it is the right time for them to do so."
"There is so much potential for technology to improve the daily lives of people, from delivering better health care to creating higher paying jobs at home."