Michael Bennet first won election to the Senate in 2010 following his appointment in January 2009 to replace the Senate seat left vacant by Ken Salazar, who was appointed Secretary of the Interior. As a senator, Bennet has been a consistent voice in favor of a new energy direction for our nation that promotes clean energy and energy efficiency while taking on the challenge of global warming. For example, he cosponsored legislation requiring utilities nationwide to secure 25% of their electricity from clean, renewable energy sources by 2025, and he supports legislation that achieves at least 20% reductions in global warming pollution by 2020 and 80% reductions by 2050. He earned a perfect 100% LCV score in 2009.
Bennet and his wife Susan Daggett—a natural resources attorney formerly with Earthjustice, the Sierra Club, and the Natural Resources Defense Council—cite Colorado's beauty and inspiration as a reason for moving to the state. Before his Senate appointment, Bennet served as a reform-minded Superintendent of the Denver Public Schools, as Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper's Chief of Staff, and as Managing Director of the Anschutz Investment Company.
Bennet returns to the Senate for his first full term after defeating Dirty Dozen member and staunch climate change denier Ken Buck. In the 111th Congress he sat on the Agriculture Committee, which oversees our nation's farms and forests, and the Banking Committee, which among other issues has jurisdiction over public transit.
In his own words:
"Global climate change is one of the most significant threats that Colorado faces. But we must turn this threat into an opportunity to boost our economy and preserve and maintain Colorado's natural treasures. The challenge is great, especially here in Colorado, where our winters have been too warm to stop the spread of the bark beetle, and our early melting snowpack is making water supplies less predictable. Colorado is blessed with an abundance of the clean energy resources that America needs to reduce carbon emissions in an economically feasible way. The reality is that the old choice between the economy and the environment has been proven to be a false choice, and as our country mobilizes to respond to global climate change, Colorado will see immense economic growth and job creation."
Source: Bennet's LCV candidate questionnaire.