Michael Bennet

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Michael Bennet
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U.S. Senate, Colorado
In office
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 5
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
AppointedJanuary 22, 2009
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sWesleyan University
J.D.Yale Law School
BirthdayNovember 28, 1964
Place of birthNew Delhi, India
Office website
Michael Bennet (b. November 28, 1964) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Colorado. Bennet was first appointed to the Senate in 2009.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Bennet is a "moderate Democratic follower".[1]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Bennet's academic, professional and political career:[2]

  • 1987: Graduated from Wesleyan University with B.A.
  • 1993: Graduated from Yale Law School with J.D.
  • 1995-1997: Counsel to U.S. deputy attorney general
  • 1997: Special assistant U.S. attorney, Conn.
  • 1997-2003: Managing director, Anschutz Investment Co.
  • 2003-2005: Chief of staff to mayor of Denver
  • 2005-2009: Superintendent, Denver Public Schools
  • 2009-Present: U.S. Senator from Colorado

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate



Specific votes

Senator Bennet voted for the stimulus bill.[3] 57% of U.S. voters believe that the stimulus has either hurt the economy (36%) or had no impact (21%). 38% believe the stimulus helped the economy. [4]

Bennet also supported the health care reform bill.[5] 57% of likely voters at least somewhat favor repeal of the health care reform bill, including 46% who strongly favor repeal. 35% of likely voters oppose repeal. 51% of likely voters believe the health care reform bill will be bad for the country, while 36% believe it will be beneficial.[6]

Finally, Bennet voted against an amendment that would have defunded the Obama Administration's lawsuit against Arizona over its new immigration law.[7] As of July 8, 2010, 56% of U.S. voters were opposed to the Obama Administration's challenge to the Arizona immigration law.[8]



On November 2, 2010, Bennet won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Ken Buck, Bob Kinsey, Maclyn Stringer, Jason Napolitano, Charley Miller, and J. Moromisato in the general election.[9]

U.S. Senate, Colorado General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Bennet Incumbent 48.1% 851,590
     Republican Ken Buck 46.4% 822,731
     Green Bob Kinsey 2.2% 38,768
     Libertarian Maclyn Stringer 1.3% 22,589
     Independent Reform Jason Napolitano 1.1% 19,415
     Unaffiliated Charley Miller 0.6% 11,330
     Unaffiliated J. Moromisato 0.3% 5,767
Total Votes 1,772,190

Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Bennet's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Bennet won re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Bennet's campaign committee raised a total of $11,536,750 and spent $10,875,565.[10]

His top 5 contributors between 2005-2010 were:

U.S. Senate election, Colorado, 2010 - Michael Bennet Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $11,536,750
Total Spent $10,875,565
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $4,953,818
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $4,791,784
Top contributors to Michael Bennet's campaign committee
Brownstein, Hyatt et al$85,884
Blackstone Group$57,100
Comcast Corp$52,950
Hogan Lovells$51,750
League of Conservation Voters$45,142
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$1,363,660
Securities & Investment$1,075,024
Real Estate$539,795
Misc Finance$381,657


Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Bennet paid his congressional staff a total of $2,633,822 in 2011. He ranks 21 on the list of the lowest paid Democratic Senatorial Staff Salaries and he ranks 58th overall of the lowest paid Senatorial Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Colorado ranks 18th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[11]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Bennet's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $4,986,027 and $19,465,000. That averages to $3,466,263.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Senators in 2010 of $19,383,524 .[12]

Political positions

Percentage voting with party

The website Open Congress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Bennet votes with the Democratic Party 93.8% of the time. This ranks 27th among the 51 Senate Democrats in 2011.[13]

Recent news

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Bennet and his wife, Susan, have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ken Salazar
U.S. Senate - Colorado
Succeeded by