At a Glance
- Career History: Denver Public School Superintendant (2005 to Jan. 2009); Chief of Staff in Denver mayor's office, John Hickenlooper (2003 to 2005); Managing Director and other various positions at Anschutz Investment Co. (1997 to 2003)
- Hometown: Washington, D.C.
- Alma Mater: Wesleyan University; J.D. at Yale University Law School, 1993
- Spouse: Susan Daggett
- DC Office: 702 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510; Phone: (202) 224-5852
- State Offices: 2300 15th St., Suite 450, Denver 80202, (303) 455-7600; 835 East 2nd Avenue, Suite 203, Durango 81301, (970) 259-1710; 409 North Tejon St., Suite 107 Colorado Springs 80903, (719) 328-1100; North Central Office 1200 South College Avenue, Suite 211 Fort Collins 80524, (970) 224-2200, 109 East Railroad Ave., #4 Fort Morgan 80701, (970) 542-9446; 225 North 5th Street, Suite 511 Grand Junction 81501, (970) 241-6631; 129 West B Street Pueblo 81003, (719) 542-7550; 609 Main Street, Suite 110 Alamosa 81101, (719) 587-0096
Path to Power
A graduate of Wesleyan University, where Bennet's father became president in 1995 and served 12 years there, Bennet moved on to Yale law. He became editor of the Yale Law Journal.
After graduating in 1993, he became an assistant to former Ohio Gov. Richard Celeste (D). He worked as counsel to a deputy U.S. attorney general during the Clinton administration, and wrote some speeches for then-Attorney General Janet Reno.
Bennet said he would serve as Denver school's superintendent for five years. But a little more than three years after he took the job, Salazar was named Obama's interior secretary. Ritter was confronted with a long list of potential replacements that included Salazar's brother and member of the House John Salazar (D-Colo.), as well as Bennet's old boss, Hickenlooper.
Although considered a longshot, especially since he had never previously sought public office and would be up for election in 2010, Bennet received the nod. Despite his lack of experience, important allies have come to support the decision, including Salazar.
Bennet worked on the Barack Obama's 2008 campaign as an education adviser. He also co-hosted a fundraiser in Colorado for the then-candidate. He may have an ally in the press; his brother, James Bennet, is a former New York Times reporter who is now editor of The Atlantic Monthly. His father, Douglas, served for ten years as president and CEO of National Public Radio, a popular source of news for the capital's political elite.
Bennet used to work at Anschutz Investment Co., where he was personally hired by billionaire owner, Philip Anshutz. He worked with Janet Reno, when she was President Bill Clinton's attorney general. He also worked with former Ohio governor Richard Celeste.