Reports: Bennet to Senate in Colorado
By Garance Franke-Ruta
Colo. Gov. Bill Ritter has scheduled a news conference for Saturday afternoon to announce his pick to replace Interior Secretary-designate Ken Salazar in the U.S Senate and two Colorado papers are reporting that he has chosen Denver Public Schools superintendent Michael Bennet for the role.
Bennet, 44, has been school superintendent since 2005 and also served for two years as chief of staff to a man who was frequently mentioned in the Colorado press as another potential Senate appointee, Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper.
Bennet was for six years as Managing Director for the Anschutz Investment Company in Denver, and also served as counsel to the deputy attorney general in the Clinton Justice Department before moving to Denver.
A Yale Law School-trained lawyer, Bennet is the brother of The Atlantic magazine editor James Bennet and son of the former president of Wesleyan University, which he attended as an undergraduate.
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January 2, 2009; 5:43 PM ET
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