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Profile of Sen Michael Bennet of Colorado

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Profile of Sen Michael Bennet of Colorado
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Sen Michael Bennet of Colorado:

Democrat Michael Bennet was appointed to the U.S. Senate in January 2009 by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, to succeed Sen. Ken Salazar. Salazer resigned to become President Obama's Interior Department Secretary. From 2003 to 2005, Bennet served as Chief of Staff for then Denver Mayor Hickenlooper. Sen. Bennet was reelected in 2010 by a narrow margin to his first full term as U.S. senator.

Bennet, who hails from a prominent family active in diplomacy and journalism, was an early supporter of and educational policy advisor to presidential candidate Barack Obama. Sen. Bennet has been a reliable Senate ally of the Obama administration agenda.

A moderate, pro-business senator, Bennet was a firm supporter of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. Sen. Bennet favors reform of U.S. immigration laws, and was a co-sponsor in 2009 of the DREAM Act.

Senate Committees in the 112th Congress, 2011-2012:

In the 112th Congress, Sen. Bennet is a member of the Senate:
  • Agriculture, Nutrition, Forestry Committee
  • Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Forestry, Natural Resources (Chair)
  • Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition, Specialty Crops, Food and Agricultural Research
  • Agriculture Subcommittee on Commodities, Markets, Trade, Risk Management
  • Banking, Housing, Urban Affairs Committee
  • Banking Subcommittee on Security, International Trade and Finance
  • Banking Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance, Investment
  • Banking Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, Community Development
  • Health, Education, Labor, Pensions Committee
  • Health Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety
  • Health Subcommittee on Children and Families
See U.S. Senate Committee Chairs in 112th Congress for a complete listing.

Michael Bennet Before the U.S. Senate:

  • 1988 to 1990 - Aide to Ohio Governor Richard Celeste
  • 1995 to 1997 - Counsel to the U.S. Deputy Attorney General
  • 1997 to 2003 - Managing Director, Anschutz Investment Company, a venture capital fund and partial owner of The Staples Center in Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Lakers NBA team
  • 2003 to 2005 - Chief of Staff, then Denver Mayor Democrat John Hickenlooper
  • 2005 to 2009 - Superintendent of Denver Public School District

Personal Data:

  • Birth - November 28, 1964 in New Delhi, India to Douglas Bennet, prominent U.S. diplomat, journalist and educator, and wife Susanne, a Polish-Jewish immigrant whose family survived Nazi imprisonment in Warsaw.
  • Education - B.A. in history, 1987, Wesleyan University. J.D., 1993, Yale University Law School Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Law Journal.
  • Family - Married since 1997 to Susan Daggett, a Yale Law School graduate and attorney for Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund. Three young daughters: Anne, Halina, Caroline.
  • Faith - ""I was raised with two different heritages, one was Jewish and one was Christian. I am proud that both heritages are part of me, and I believe in God." Source - Rocky Mountain News

Sen. Bennet's Prominent Family and Ancestors:

Sen. Bennet "was born in New Delhi while his father, Douglas J. Bennet, was serving as an aide to Chester Bowles, then the U.S. ambassador to India.The elder Bennet ran the United States Agency for International Development under President Jimmy Carter,served as President and CEO of National Public Radio (1983–1993), Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs in the Clinton Administration (1993–1995), and President of Wesleyan University (1995–2007). His grandfather, Douglas Bennet, had been an economic adviser in Franklin D. Roosevelt’s administration.His grandmother, Phoebe Bennet née Benedict, is a direct-line descendant of Edward Fuller, who crossed the Atlantic Ocean from England to Plymouth Colony on the Mayflower in 1620." Source - Wikipedia

Sen Michael Bennet on the Issues:

On Renewable Energy and Agriculture Policies

"Agriculture and rural America are at the heart of economic recovery and national prosperity. Beyond production of basic commodities-livestock, food and feed-agriculture is poised to become the engine of a new renewable energy economy... Our economic future is tied closely to the ability of our rural communities to develop these resources.

"The 2008 farm bill included a host of programs designed to speed research and development of third-generation biofuels, construction of renewable energy facilities, and generation of wind energy... I will work tirelessly to advocate for additional energy initiatives, such as construction of new transmission lines, financing for energy efficiency, and development of third-generation biofuels..."

On the Economy and Obama Administration Achievements

"The road to economic recovery will be long and difficult, but we have taken important steps to help working families stave off a prolonged recession. Specifically, we have:

  • Made the vigorous investments necessary to get our economy moving again. Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, we have made targeted investments in energy, health care, education, and transportation that will help create jobs and grow our economy.
  • Cut taxes for 95 percent of American families. The Making Work Pay tax cut - which covers more Americans than any in history...
  • Passed the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act, to help keep struggling... families in their homes by providing more tools to homeowners and loan servicers to stem the tide of home foreclosures.
  • Passed the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure Act to help American consumers by limiting unfair and abusive credit card company practices.
  • Passed the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment, which provides an exemption from Social Security payroll taxes for businesses that hire unemployed workers, creates a $1,000 tax credit for hiring new workers, and allows small businesses to write off increased levels of capital expenditures.
  • Passed the Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act, which extended the first time homebuyer tax credit, created a new tax credit for existing homeowners, and provided tax relief for struggling businesses."
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