Maria Cantwell

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Maria Cantwell
Maria Cantwell.jpg
U.S. Senate, Washington
In office
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 14
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 7, 2006
First electedNovember 7, 2000
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House of Representatives, Washington
Washington State House of Representatives
Bachelor'sMiami University of Ohio
Date of birthOctober 13, 1958
Place of birthIndianapolis, IN
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Campaign website
Maria Cantwell (b. October 13, 1958) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Washington. Cantwell was first elected to the Senate in 2000.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Cantwell is a "rank-and-file Democrat".[1]

Cantwell won re-election in 2012.[2] Washington State Senator Michael Baumgartner ran on the Republican ticket.[3]


Cantwell was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, and earned her bachelor's degree from Miami University of Ohio.[4] After losing her 1994 bid for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, she pursued a career in the high-tech industry before returning to politics again in 2000.[5]


Committee assignments




See also: United States Senate elections in Washington, 2012

Cantwell won re-election in 2012.[2] Washington's top-two primary system means that all candidates are included on one ballot. The top two vote-getters, regardless of party, continue to the general election. She and Michael Baumgartner advanced past the blanket primary, and Cantwell defeated Baumgartner in the general election on November 6, 2012.[6]

Cantwell had a $4.5 million advantage over any of her challengers.[7]

According to the Washington Republican Party Chairman, state Senator Michael Baumgartner and political newcomer Art Coday were the top Republican hopes.[7]


On November 7, 2006, Cantwell won re-election to the U.S. Senate, defeating Mike McGavick (R), Robin Adair (I), Bruce Gurthrie (L), and Aaron Dixon (Green).[8]

U.S. Senate, Washington, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMaria Cantwell Incumbent 56.9% 1,184,659
     Republican Mike McGavick 39.9% 832,106
     Independent Robin Adair 0.8% 16,384
     Libertarian Bruce Guthrie 1.4% 29,331
     Green Aaron Dixon 1% 21,254
Total Votes 2,083,734

Campaign donors


Campaign Donors


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Cantwell's reports.[9]

Maria Cantwell 2012 Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[10]March 31, 2012$4,029,121.41$1,231,794.24$(657,199.09)$4,603,716.56
July Quarterly[11]June 30, 2012$4,603,716.56$1,194,963.56$(606,503.37)$5,192,176.55
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Cantwell's campaign funds before the 2006 election.

Cantwell won re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2006. During that re-election cycle, Cantwell's campaign committee raised a total of $18,879,272 and spent $16,712,061.[12]


Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Cantwell paid her congressional staff a total of $2,507,979 in 2011. She ranks 13th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic Senatorial Staff Salaries and she ranks 42nd overall of the lowest paid Senatorial Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Washington ranks 25th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[13]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Cantwell's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $2,037,012 and $10,289,999. That averages to $6,163,505.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Senators in 2010 of $19,383,524.[14]

Political positions

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Cantwell voted with the Democratic Party 89.0% of the time, which ranked 44 among the 51 Senate Democratic members as of November 2011.[15]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Slade Gorton
U.S. Senate - Washington
Succeeded by