Michael Farrand Bennet is an American businessman, lawyer, and politician who has served as the senior United States Senator from Colorado 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 John Hickenlooper, and Superintendent of Denver Public Schools.
- Full name: Michael Farrand Bennet
- Profession: American businessman, lawyer and politician
- Born: 28 November 1964 (age 55 years), New Delhi, India
- Office: Senator (CO) since 2009
- Spouse: Susan Daggett (m. 1997)
- Books: The Land of Flickering Lights: Restoring America in an Age of Broken Politics
- Education: Yale Law School, Wesleyan University, Beauvoir, Yale University, St. Albans School
- Children: Halina Bennet, Caroline Bennet, Anne Bennet
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About Michael Bennet
Bennet was born in New Delhi, India, the son of Susanne Christine (née Klejman) and Douglas J. Bennet.
His father, who was born in New Jersey, served as an aide to Chester Bowles, then the U.S. ambassador to India.
Bennet’s father was Christian. Bennet’s mother is a Jewish Holocaust survivor who was born in 1938 in Warsaw, Poland and immigrated to the United States with her family in 1950. Her parents survived imprisonment in the Warsaw Ghetto.
Bennet’s father ran the United States Agency for International Development under President Jimmy Carter, served as President and CEO of National Public Radio (1983–93), and Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs in the Clinton Administration (1993–95).
His grandfather Douglas Bennet was an economic adviser in Franklin D. Roosevelt’s administration. Bennet’s mother is a retired elementary school librarian.
Bennet grew up in Washington, D.C. as his father served as an aide to Vice President Hubert Humphrey, among others. Bennet was held back in second grade because of his dyslexia.
He was enrolled at St. Albans School, an elite all-boys preparatory school, and served as a page on Capitol Hill.
In 1987, Bennet earned his Bachelor of Arts in history from Wesleyan University, the alma mater of his father and grandfather
At Wesleyan he was a member of Beta Theta Pi. Bennet earned his J.D. degree from Yale Law School, where he was the Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Law Journal.
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 went on to receive his Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School, after which he worked as a law clerk and later as Counsel to the U.S. Deputy Attorney General in the Bill Clinton Administration.
Bennet became superintendent of the Denver public school system in July 2005. In late 2008 he was speculated to be a candidate for Obama’s United States Secretary of Education.
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 re-elected to the Senate in 2016.
On May 2, 2019, Bennet announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States. He dropped out of the race on February 11, 2020, after a poor showing in the New Hampshire primary.