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YLS Graduate Michael Bennet ’93 Named to U.S. Senate

Denver Schools Superintendent Michael Bennet ’93 has been chosen by Colorado Governor Bill Ritter to fill the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Democrat Ken Salazar, who has been appointed Interior secretary in the Obama administration. Once Salazar is confirmed to the Cabinet position in mid-January and resigns his Senate seat, Bennet, a Democrat, will serve until 2010, when the seat comes up for re-election.

Bennet was appointed superintendent of Denver Public Schools in June 2005. He previously served for two years as chief of staff to Denver Mayor John Hickenloope. He also worked for six years as managing director of the Anschutz Investment Company in Denver and was counsel to the deputy attorney general in the Clinton administration.

Bennet, 44, earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Wesleyan University and his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of The Yale Law Journal. He is married to Yale Law School graduate Susan Daggett ’91 and has three children.