Senator Michael Farrand Bennet is an American Politician, lawyer, and businessman from Colorado. He has been serving as a senior U.S. Senator under the Democrats since 2009.
Bennet worked as the managing director of the Anschutz Investment company. He was also once the Chief of Staff to Mayor John Hickenlooper, and later, the superintendent of Denver Public School.
Bennet was born in India on November 28, 1964. Yet, he grew up with his family in Washington. He graduated from Wesleyan University with a Bachelors’ Degree in 1987.
Bennet started his career as an aide to the Ohio Governor. He then proceeded to Yale Law School, where he acquired his J.D. in 1993. After his J.D. He worked as a clerk and later as a counsel for the U.S. Deputy Attorney General. He also worked as a special assistant to the U.S. Attorney for Connecticut.
In 1997, Bennet became the director of Anschutz Investment company in Denver. His work in restructuring and guiding troubled and bankrupted businesses earned him Denver’s Chief of Staff in 2003.
In 2005, he became the Superintendent of Denver Public Schools. He garnered public notice for his notable work in improving the failing state of Denver education.
In 2009, Governor Ritter appointed Senator Michael Bennet to fill the U.S Senate seat when Ken Salazar became the secretary of Interior. Bennet ran for the seat after Ken’s term and won in 2010 and 2016. He also chaired the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in 2014.
In 2019, Bennet announced his interest in representing the Democrats for the U.S. President. He dropped out during the primary elections in 2020.
Bennet is an American businessman, a Democratic politician and a senior senator from Colorado. He has been known as a vocal senator who raises his voice on popular topics.
You can find out more about the senator here.
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Here’s our collection of the best Michael Bennet Quotes.
Michael Bennet Quotes on Politics/Power
I’m not a career politician, so the ways of Washington may be a little obscure to me.Michael Bennet
Oftentimes, political games prevent senators from even beginning to debate some of the most important issues.Michael Bennet
We have to end political gerrymandering in this country. We have to end it.Michael Bennet
We have managed to acquire $13 trillion of debt on our balance sheet. In my view we have nothing to show for it. We haven’t invested in our roads, our bridges, our waste-water systems, our sewer systems. We haven’t even maintained the assets that our parents and grandparents built for us.Michael Bennet
I think one of the things that we are facing right now is that we’ve stopped listening to each other in our politics.Michael Bennet
If we, as individuals, want to keep control of our democracy – rather than have a government paid for by corporate interest checks – then we have to fight back now and make sure our system reflects the belief that people, not corporations, control our democracy.Michael Bennet
Listen, I, I did vote – I did cast a vote for health care, and I also said that I thought the process was horrible. The status quo before we passed health care was also horrible.Michael Bennet
Demagoguery is not unknown in American history.Michael Bennet
Electoral victory is not an end in itself. It is intended to set in motion a pluralist process to resolve our disputes and move the country forward.Michael Bennet
Michael Bennet Quotes on Economy
To protect our country’s economic future and the health and well being of all Americans, we must find a way to rein in out-of-control costs, provide quality, affordable health care choices to all, and make outrageous insurance industry abuses a thing of the past.Michael Bennet
We’ve got a lot of work to do: not only on education, but on the economy, on our tax code, and on reducing our crushing debt.Michael Bennet
A stable and affordable home is fundamental to economic security.Michael Bennet
Michael Bennet Quotes on Society
As we all become increasingly reliant on social networking websites and new technologies to stay connected, it’s important to remain cognizant of how private personal information and data is handled.Michael Bennet
Social networking websites like Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr provide an unparalleled ability for people to stay connected in new and unique ways.Michael Bennet
Facebook is by far the largest of these social networking sites, and starting with its ill-fated Beacon service, privacy concerns have more than once been raised about how the ubiquitous social networking site handles its user data.Michael Bennet
I think that we have positive moments in our history and negative moments in our history. We incarcerated Japanese Americans in the state of Colorado, in Camp Amache. You could say that’s part of our heritage; I would say it’s a shameful part of our heritage and not something we should repeat.Michael Bennet
Michael Bennet Quotes on Education
Ensuring all kids have access to an effective, talented teacher needs to be a national priority.Michael Bennet
Teaching is hard. It takes years to master the technically demanding work and a lot of effort to do that work well.Michael Bennet
My time at the Denver Public Schools taught me there is no harder, or more important, job than being a teacher.Michael Bennet
Local school districts should be free to adapt their academic programs in ways appropriate for their community, but we cannot allow mindless budget shortfalls to force wrongheaded changes to our children’s education.Michael Bennet
The Child Tax Credit is one of the most progressive changes to our tax code in generations. That’s what we ought to be fighting for — not the SALT deduction.Michael Bennet
Coloradans want to take the long view and invest in our state’s future. We know that to do this, we cannot neglect our schools.Michael Bennet
To get enough of the teachers we need, teaching has to be a great job where talented people are supported and rewarded.Michael Bennet
Our ability to compete for the jobs of tomorrow depends, above all, on our capacity to educate children today.Michael Bennet
When I was superintendent of Denver Public Schools, I saw the potential of some of our best and brightest students cut short, punished for the actions of others – kids who had grown up and done well in our school system, and kids who know no other home but America. This is unacceptable.Michael Bennet
Study after study affirms what I saw in the classroom every day as superintendent of Denver Public Schools: Nothing makes a bigger difference for student learning than great teaching.Michael Bennet
I am most interested in the outcomes at schools and school districts and ensuring that all kids are prepared for college and a career in the 21st-century job market.Michael Bennet
We’ve done a terrible job of hiring, supporting, and retaining the people tasked with the difficult responsibility of teaching our children.Michael Bennet
Teacher compensation isn’t the only factor in cultivating great teaching. Other important priorities include changing how we measure student performance, providing more flexibility to teacher-preparation programs, and improving how we train and support principals.Michael Bennet
If teaching isn’t rewarding and challenging, we’re going to continue to lose our best teachers to work in other fields.Michael Bennet
A student who has excelled in the classroom should have the opportunity to attend college and become a productive, taxpaying member of society.Michael Bennet
I’ve focused on making sure we have talented teachers and principals in our schools through proposals like the GREAT Teachers and Principals Act and the Presidential Teachers Corps.Michael Bennet
Fixing our schools must begin with reforming the way we attract talent to teaching.Michael Bennet
Competitive programs such as Race to the Top provide incentives for communities to develop new solutions for old problems. Because of Race to the Top, states have raised their standards and committed to fixing schools that have persistently failed students.Michael Bennet
To me, the burden of proof isn’t on people looking for ways to improve our schools; it’s on people who want to keep things the same. Our current system isn’t working, and too many kids are being left behind.Michael Bennet
I believe there’s not a harder job in the world than being a teacher, and there isn’t a job with a more direct impact on the performance of our students.Michael Bennet
Michael Bennet Quotes on Environment
To hand down the Colorado that we love to our kids & grandkids, we have to address climate change. It’s affecting our health, economy and way of life. We can’t miss this opportunity to make a historic investment to cut climate pollution & advance clean energy.Michael Bennet
After devastating wildfires, forests in Colorado have significant restoration needs. That’s why I’m glad our REPLANT Act was included in the bipartisan infrastructure bill to help the forest service plant 1.2B trees, restoring our forests while creating thousands of jobs.Michael Bennet
As climate change fuels more extreme wildfires in the West, the need to invest in our forests is urgent. We now have an opportunity to pass a historic forestry investment to help reduce wildfire risk. Let’s get this over the finish line.Michael Bennet
Michael Bennet Quotes on Taxes
It’s not our job to cut taxes for the wealthiest Americans — but that’s exactly what the House SALT proposal does. If we limit SALT changes to households making less than $400K per year, 97% of taxpayers would be eligible. And the richest would not.Michael Bennet
Michael Bennet Quotes on Rights/Justice/Constitution
I say we have not even had the decency to maintain the assets that our parents and grandparents built for us – our roads, our bridges, our wastewater systems, our sewer systems; by the way, those weren’t Bolsheviks, those weren’t socialists that built those things for us – much less build the infrastructure we need for the 21st century.Michael Bennet
Improving some of the rules under which the Senate functions can begin to replace some of the bad habits Washington has developed with better ones.Michael Bennet
I think the worst vote I ever cast was a vote to change the rules to lower the threshold for approval of judicial nominations and executive administration nominations.Michael Bennet
We need to work with the other countries in the hemisphere so that they also have refugee policies in place so that people have a place to go and can escape the violence in El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala.Michael Bennet
Other Michael Bennet Quotes
There is simply no way we are going to make progress on the enormous challenges we face without making hard choices. It’s impossible.Michael Bennet
We are a strong country with weak leadership.Michael Bennet
In my experience, durable progress must be fashioned out of more than obscured truth, slogans, and empty promises. You do it through hard work. By going everywhere. Listening to everyone. Being honest with people. Being ambitious without indulging in magical thinking.Michael Bennet
Anyone who thinks they’re a progressive should be interested in making progress.Michael Bennet
A lot of people in America don’t know me, and that’s something I have to overcome.Michael Bennet
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