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Davidson also serves as a presidentially appointed commissioner for the National Commission on Military, National and Public Service. A member of the Democratic Party, he was appointed to the seat when Senator Ken Salazar became Secretary of the Interior. Here’s an overview of where he stands on the issues. Michael Bennet, in full Michael Farrand Bennet, (born November 28, 1964, New Delhi, India), American politician and lawyer who was appointed as a Democrat to represent Colorado in the U.S. Senate in 2009 and was elected to that body the following year.. Michael sponsored an amendment to open the first permanent patent office west of the Mississippi. Bipartisan Hermosa Creek Watershed Protection, Chimney Rock National Monument Designation, Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructure, Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight, Conservation, Forestry and Natural Resources, Ranking Member, Jobs, Rural Economic Growth, and Energy Innovation, Nutrition, Specialty Crops, Food and Agriculture, Assisting Caregivers Today Caucus, Co-Chair. In the last presidential election, MSU Denver had the highest undergraduate voting rate among more than 1,000 colleges and universities who participate in the ALL-IN Campus Democracy Challenge. , From 1988 until 1990, when he left to attend Yale, he served as an aide to Ohio Governor Richard Celeste. Bennet. The nonprofit Rock the Vote estimates that Millennials and Generation Z will make up nearly 40% of American voters this fall.  In 2013 he was a member of the Gang of Eight, a bipartisan group of four Democratic and four Republican U.S. DENVER (CBS4) – Sen. Michael Bennet, a Democrat and Colorado’s senior senator, dropped off his ballot on Thursday morning in Denver. Tonight I was interrupted on the Senate floor for telling the truth about Majority Leader McConnell’s record of degrading our institutions.  In February and March 2019 he traveled to early primary states such as Iowa and New Hampshire. But young Americans are facing unprecedented obstacles to voter registration, election information and poll access thanks to COVID-19, and it’s our job as civic leaders to make sure students have what they need to vote. , 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). Donate now to keep Michael Bennet fighting for us in the Senate! Bennet was reelected to a second term on November 8, 2016, defeating the Republican nominee, El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn. He also won more votes in Colorado's rural counties than any other statewide Democrat in state history. Browns Canyon attracts outdoor enthusiasts from around the world to hike, climb, and raft among its rugged beauty—creating tourism and jobs that boost local economies. Davidson also serves as a presidentially appointed commissioner for the National Commission on Military, National and Public Service.  Bennet and the City of Denver also partnered with private philanthropists to increase college enrollment and affordability for DPS graduates.  Bennet was previously mentioned as a possible presidential candidate following his viral response to Senator Ted Cruz in January 2019. ", In November 2018, Bennet was one of 25 Democratic senators to cosponsor a resolution in response to findings of the Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change report and National Climate Assessment.  In 2018 Bennet criticized the Trump administration for attempting to cherry-pick data to misinform the public on marijuana use. If you've saved your payment information with ActBlue Express, your donation will go through immediately. $100.  In 2019 Bennet and Kaine reintroduced the latest version of the plan, which would also "expand access to tax credits. Bennet was elected in the 2010 Senate election, defeating Republican Ken Buck.  Following the surgery, Bennet's office said the procedure was "completely successful" and that he requires no further treatment. As of 2010 the school system had paid $115 million in interest and other fees, at least $25 million more than it originally anticipated. Bennet portrayed Buck as an extremist conservative opposed to abortion and direct election of Senators, while Buck and the groups supporting him characterized Bennet as a big-spending liberal. He spearheaded several amendments in the law to streamline regulatory processes, while maintaining safety and efficacy for consumers. , Bennet owns a shotgun, which he has called a "hunting shotgun". , In 2009 Bennet co-sponsored the Solar Manufacturing Jobs Creation Act, legislation that would have provided a tax credit to support solar manufacturing in the U.S. The legislation was not enacted. They wrote: "In American news outlets, Beijing has used financial ties to suppress negative information about the CCP.  He has said that he was "raised with two different heritages, one [that] was Jewish and one [that] was Christian," and that he believes in God. Bennet was in the middle of a tirade attacking Majority Leader Mitch McConnell when Republican U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn from Tennessee put a stop to it. ", As of 2010 Bennet had earned a "C+" rating from the National Rifle Association for a mixed record regarding his votes for gun rights. , Bennet was among the many officials whose names were circulated for United States Secretary of Education in the Obama administration, a position eventually filled by Arne Duncan. 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.  After briefly living in Montana, he moved with his fiancé to Colorado in 1997. Michael Bennet has represented Colorado in the United States Senate since 2009. The fix also included forest management reforms that build on Michael’s work in the 2014 Farm Bill to expand Good Neighbor Authority and improve Stewardship Contracting. He subsequently returned to Washington, D.C. in January 2011 to start a full six-year term. In response, the White House's Office of National Drug Control Policy committed to be completely objective and dispassionate in its analysis of marijuana. Mr. Bennet has focused heavily on education, pledging to ensure equal access to high-quality programs by 2028. , Bennet's 2020 presidential campaign began on May 2, 2019, when he officially declared his candidacy during an appearance on CBS This Morning. Tell Senator Michael Bennet thank you for introducing legislation which will make us safer, improve the economy and environment, and make the oil and gas approval process more transparent! By providing your cell phone number you agree to receive periodic campaign updates.  He appeared in the second set of debates, on July 26 and 27, this time receiving 10.6 minutes of airtime. A champion for small business, Michael led the fight in the Senate to pass a bill that boosted small business investments and provided more than $12 billion in targeted tax relief for Colorado job creators. As Colorado's U.S. , He was one of the handful of Democratic Senators who have supported construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, voting for it in 2013, 2014, and 2015. Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado. Michael's experience saving jobs and turning around failing companies has also served him well in the U.S. Senate. The New York Times Book Review took a look at his campaign memoir. , In October 2017, Bennet was one of 19 senators to sign a letter to Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt questioning Pruitt's decision to repeal the Clean Power Plan, asserting that Pruitt used "mathematical sleights of hand to overstate the costs of industry compliance with the 2015 Rule and understate the benefits that will be lost if the 2017 repeal is finalized", and that science denial and math tricks fail to "satisfy the requirements of the law, nor will it slow the increase in frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, the inexorable rise in sea levels, or the other dire effects of global warming that our planet is already experiencing. He had no experience as a school administrator.