Senator Maria Cantwell Democrat of Washington
Born: October 13, 1958
Education: Miami University of Ohio, B.A. Public Policy, 1980
Occupation: Internet Audio Company Executive; Public Relations Consultant, Washington State House, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate
Religion: Roman Catholic
Political Career: Washington House, 1987-92; U.S. House 1993-95; U.S. Senate 2000-present
Committees: Commerce, Science & Transportation; Energy & Natural Resources; Finance; Indian Affairs; Small Business
Why Your Support
Washington has been a national trendsetter and on the cutting edge of innovation. It is the home of Starbucks, Boeing, Microsoft and Amazon.com. During the early 20th century, Washington lived off the government development of hydroelectric power. Today, Washington lives less off the brawn of hydroelectric power and rail and ship tonnage and more off the brains that made Boeing the world leader in aircraft and Microsoft the world leader in software. Washington’s governor and both of its senators are Democrats and women. The population is 76% white with 89% finishing high school and 30% holding college degrees. The median income is $53,950.
About The Candidate
Maria Cantwell grew up in a working-class family and with the help of Pell Grants, was the first member of her family to graduate college. When she began her first campaign for a seat in the Washington State house, she became well known as a dedicated campaigner, knocking on every door in the district and getting to know her constituents. Senator Cantwell was elected to the state house at the age of 28, and quickly became known for her leadership efforts. When she eventually ran in the House of Representatives, she became the first democrat to be elected from her district in 40 years before being defeated in the Republican landslide of 1994.
Putting politics aside for a few years, she joined a Seattle Internet start-up and became senior vice president of Real Networks. She proved herself to be a successful businesswoman in the private sector, helping to build up the company and create hundreds of high-paying jobs. When she ran for the U.S. Senate seat in 2000, Cantwell was able to tap into her personal resources to guarantee her success.
In the Senate over the past 11 years, Senator Cantwell has earned her reputation as an emerging player on issues directly relating to the interests of her home state. Her voting record has been solidly democratic, demonstrating her desire to bring Pacific Northwest progressivism to the Hill in trying to “get the rest of the country to think a little more like we [in Washington state] do.”
Senator Cantwell has become a leader on energy, tax and other issues, using her committee assignments and leadership skills to work on “cap and trade” proposals, renewable energy projects and energy regulation commission investigations.