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  Bennet, Michael
CANDIDATE DETAILS
AffiliationDemocratic  
<-  2010-01-01  
 
NameMichael Bennet
Address
Denver, Colorado , United States
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Website [Link]
Born November 28, 1964 (53 years)
ContributorCOSDem
Last ModifedRBH
Apr 26, 2018 04:34pm
Tags Health Care Reform -
InfoMichael Farrand Bennet

As an innovative businessman and public servant, Michael Bennet is known as a pragmatic leader who implements new solutions to old problems. His desire to represent Colorado in the U.S. Senate is deeply rooted in a moral obligation to leave this country in a better place for his children, and a fear that we will fail in that obligation if we do not take a fresh approach to Washington. He believes that the pragmatism and independent thinking that have been so essential to making Colorado such an incredible place to live are also the values we must embrace at a national level to achieve the fundamental change we need to turn this country around.

Michael has not wasted any time. His efforts to help forge a consensus on the essential economic stimulus package quickly demonstrated his ability to bring people together to embrace innovative and pragmatic solutions. His positions on the Senate Committees on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs; Homeland Security and Government Affairs; and the Special Committee on Aging will enable him, on behalf of Colorado, to continue to confront the country's challenges head on.

Michael Bennet is accustomed to leading during difficult times. As Superintendent of Denver Public Schools, Michael worked with teachers, parents, students, and school administrators to end the cycles of budget cuts and underachievement plaguing the district. He took a common sense approach to leading the district-- holding daily meetings with principals and faculty. As Michael said in a recent interview, "I was able to gain a lot from those meetings and use the benefit of their experience to learn how policies either supported or impeded their work."

The pragmatic approach was successful. The District enacted a nationally recognized merit pay system, streamlined the budget, and passed the largest school bond issue in the state's history with a record margin. Recent standardized tests show that Denver's kids are improving faster than students in the rest of the state and graduation rates have increased. And, the District now has the funding to expand its early childhood education and full-day kindergarten programs.

Michael also served for two years as Denver Mayor, John Hickenlooper's, Chief of Staff. His service to Mayor Hickenlooper was marked by unprecedented fiscal changes in the city. Michael helped wipe out an historic budget deficit, renegotiate several collective bargaining agreements, and overhaul the way the city supervises its police.

Michael has also led difficult turnarounds in the private sector. Before going to work for Denver, he served as the Managing Director of the Anschutz Investment Company. Though he did not have any previous business experience, Michael became one of the most effective people at the company, leading the company to one of the most profitable deals in its history. His business experience gave him hands on experience managing corporate debt. He led the reorganization of four distressed companies requiring the restructuring of over $3 billion in debt. Cy Harvey, President of Anschutz recently commented on Michael Bennet's success in the Denver Business Journal, "Not only is Michael Bennet one of the brightest and most insightful individuals I have known, he is also one of the most effective."

Michael Bennet comes from a tenacious family with a commitment to public service. After surviving the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II, Michael's grandparents and mother eventually moved to New York to start fresh in 1950. Two generations later, Michael is representative of the how far the family has come-all the way from tragedy in Poland and fragile beginnings in New York City to the United States Senate.

Michael Bennet is married to Susan Daggett, a natural resources attorney, and has three children, Caroline 9, Halina 7, and Anne 4.

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JOB APPROVAL POLLS
DateFirmApproveDisapproveDon't Know
01/01/2017-03/31/2017 Morning Consult 54.00% ( 0.0) 26.00% ( 0.0) 20.00% ( 0.0)
09/29/2016-10/02/2016 Monmouth University 53.00% ( 2.0) 25.00% ( 0.0) 22.00% ( 2.0)
09/27/2016-09/28/2016 Public Policy Polling (D) 43.00% ( 15.0) 32.00% ( 2.0) 25.00% ( 13.0)
07/09/2016-07/12/2016 Monmouth University 51.00% ( 0.0) 25.00% ( 0.0) 24.00% ( 0.0)
10/16/2014-10/19/2014 Public Policy Polling (D) 28.00% ( 9.0) 34.00% ( 3.0) 38.00% ( 12.0)
06/05/2013-06/10/2013 Quinnipiac University 40.00% ( 0.0) 31.00% ( 0.0) 29.00% ( 0.0)
06/14/2012-06/17/2012 Public Policy Polling (D) 37.00% ( 4.0) 37.00% ( 1.0) 26.00% ( 2.0)
04/05/2012-04/07/2012 Public Policy Polling (D) 33.00% ( 5.0) 38.00% ( 5.0) 28.00% ( 1.0)
12/01/2011-12/04/2011 Public Policy Polling (D) 38.00% ( 6.0) 33.00% ( 3.0) 29.00% ( 8.0)
08/04/2011-08/07/2011 Public Policy Polling (D) 44.00% ( 2.0) 36.00% ( 4.0) 21.00% ( 3.0)
FAVORABILITY POLLS
DateFirmFavorableUnfavorableDon't Know
07/07/2016-07/09/2016 Harper Polling 40.00% ( 0.0) 27.00% ( 0.0) 33.00% ( 0.0)

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NEWS
Date Category Headline Article Contributor
Jul 19, 2011 06:00pm Announcement Senator Bennet says "I'm an ally for equality..."  Article COSDem 
Jan 10, 2011 06:00pm News ‘Angry’ man threatens Bennet  Article The Sunset Provision 
Dec 01, 2010 10:00pm General Michael Bennet: 'It's all rigged'  Article COSDem 
Aug 06, 2010 03:00pm General Exotic Deals Put Denver Schools Deeper in Debt  Article COSDem 
Mar 25, 2010 10:15am Idiocy Michael Bennet “Doesn’t Confuse the Blogosphere with Real People and Real Voters”  Article Craverguy 
Nov 22, 2009 11:00am Interview Freshman Dem: Passing health care reform worth losing my seat  Article Brandonius Maximus 

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RACES
  11/08/2016 CO US Senate Won 49.97% (+5.66%)
  06/28/2016 CO US Senate - D Primary Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  12/04/2012 DSCC Chairman Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/06/2012 Agriculture Committee Seat 7 Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/06/2012 Finance Committee Seat 12 Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/02/2010 CO US Senate Won 48.05% (+1.63%)
  08/10/2010 CO US Senate - D Primary Won 54.15% (+8.29%)
  03/16/2010 CO US Senate - D Caucus Lost 41.88% (-8.07%)
  01/22/2009 CO US Senate - Appointment Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  01/21/2009 Seat 10 Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
ENDORSEMENTS
Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board - Jan 23, 2018 R Jerome H. Powell
US Ambassador to the Holy See - Oct 16, 2017 R Callista Gingrich
US Deputy Secretary of the Interior - Jul 24, 2017 R David Bernhardt
US Secretary of the Interior - Mar 01, 2017 R Ryan Zinke
US Secretary of Commerce - Feb 27, 2017 R Wilbur L. Ross, Jr.
CO US President - D Caucus - Mar 01, 2016 D Hillary Clinton
US President - D Primaries - Feb 09, 2016 D Hillary Clinton
US Attorney General - Apr 23, 2015 D Loretta Lynch
CO District 06 - D Primary - Jun 24, 2014 D Andrew Romanoff
MA US Senate - Special D Primary - Apr 30, 2013 D Edward J. Markey
C.I.A. Director - Mar 07, 2013 N John O. Brennan
CO Amendment 64 - Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act - Nov 06, 2012 NO No
San Francisco District Attorney - Nov 08, 2011 D David Onek
CO Governor - D Primary - Aug 10, 2010 D John Hickenlooper
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Aug 05, 2010 D Elena Kagan
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Aug 06, 2009 I Sonia Sotomayor
US Attorney General - Feb 02, 2009 D Eric Holder
FEC COMMITTEES
C00458398 BENNET FOR COLORADO $ 1595912.00