|U.S. Senate, Washington|
|January 3, 2013|
|Years in position||12|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 7, 2006|
|First elected||November 7, 2000|
|Next election||November 6, 2012|
|U.S. House of Representatives, Washington|
|Washington State House of Representatives|
|Bachelor's||Miami University of Ohio|
|Birthday||October 13, 1958|
|Place of birth||Indianapolis, IN|
Cantwell was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, and earned her bachelor's degree from Miami University of Ohio. 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.
- 2001-Present: U.S. Senate
- 1993-1995: U.S. House of Representatives
- 1987-1993: Washington State House of Representatives
- Energy and Natural Resources Committee
- Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee
- Finance Committee
- Indian Affairs Committee
- Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee
Cantwell won re-election in 2012. 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.
Cantwell had a $4.5 million advantage over any of her challengers.
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).
|Maria Cantwell 2012 Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||March 31, 2012||$4,029,121.41||$1,231,794.24||$(657,199.09)||$4,603,716.56|
|July Quarterly||June 30, 2012||$4,603,716.56||$1,194,963.56||$(606,503.37)||$5,192,176.55|
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.
|U.S. Senate, Washington, 2010 - Maria Cantwell Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$10,853,230|
|Total Spent by General Election Opponent||$10,842,132|
|Top contributors to Maria Cantwell's campaign committee|
|Baron & Budd||$76,150|
|Preston, Gates et al||$63,461|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Securities & Investment||$716,142|
Congressional Staff Salaries
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.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - 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.
Percentage voting with party
The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Cantwell has voted with the Democratic Party 89.0% of the time, which ranked 44 among the 51 Senate Democratic members as of November 2011.
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- Senators Mark Kirk and Maria Cantwell Go on the Offense to Protect the Arctic ... - Huffington Post
- Washington, Alaska senators pave way for 4 new icebreakers - The Columbian
- Senators tour Seattle boat to study loans for new fishing fleet - The Seattle Times
- The Rise Of Kirsten Gillibrand: How Hillary Clinton's Heir Is Winning Battles ... - Huffington Post
- Thad Cochran To Run For Reelection - Huffington Post
- Senate women target military sexual assaults - Boston Globe
- Alaska, Washington Senators Introduce Bipartisan Icebreaker Amendment - Alaska Native News
- Senate Votes To Send A Message Ahead Of Next Year's Election - NPR (blog)
- Chuck Schumer Reveals How He 'Helped Persuade' Elizabeth Warren To Run ... - Huffington Post
- Senate Passes Resolution Honoring Native American Heritage Month - Indian Country Today Media Network
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- ↑ Gov Track "Maria Cantwell," Accessed March 3, 2012
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 CNN "Washington Senate Race - 2012 Election Center"
- ↑ Huffington Post "Maria Cantwell's Marital Status Used By GOP Opponent In Political Attack," Accessed February 18, 2012
- ↑ Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "Maria Cantwell," Accessed October 14, 2011
- ↑ WhoRunsGov.com "Maria Cantwell," Accessed October 14, 2011
- ↑ AP Primary Results
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Seattle Times "Senate race Cantwell's to lose — unless Obama support craters," July 10, 2012
- ↑ U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006"
- ↑ Federal Election Commission "Maria Cantwell's Summary Report," Accessed October 12, 2012
- ↑ Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly" Accessed October 12, 2012
- ↑ Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly" Accessed October 12, 2012
- ↑ Open Secrets "Maria Cantwell 2006 Election Cycle," Accessed November 26, 2011
- ↑ LegiStorm "Maria Cantwell"
- ↑ OpenSecrets.org, "Cantwell, (D-Wash), 2010"
- ↑ OpenCongress "Voting With Party"
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