United States Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO)
Rohini Kosolglu, Legislative Assistant
Washington DC Office
261 Russel Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Michael F. Bennet was elected United States Senator for Colorado in November 2010. A newcomer to politics and former superintendent, with experience in business and public service, he is widely-recognized as a pragmatic, innovative and independent thinker driven by a deep-seated obligation to create more opportunity for the next generation.
Michael has led the fight to create jobs and provide tax relief for Colorado families, support our veterans and military families, strengthen the safety net for our seniors’ health and financial well-being, restore fiscal discipline to Washington, fix our public schools, reform the way Washington works, and lower health care costs for Colorado families and small businesses.
Michael is the co-founder of the bipartisan, bicameral Assisting Caregivers Today (ACT) Caucus which has a goal to inform and educate members of Congress about caregiving issues and create a sense of urgency to act. He introduced the RAISE Act to help develop a national strategy to support caregivers.
Senator Bennet has consistently fought to protect the benefits available through Medicare, including preventing cuts to Medicare’s guaranteed benefits and worked to promote transitions of care for Medicare beneficiaries in the Affordable Care Act.
Senator Bennet believes our country’s growing and diverse senior population should have the tools and resources they need to age in place. As a cosponsor of the Older Americans Reauthorization Act, he worked to ensure the bill that passed the Senate includes support to help nutrition services organizations promote the use of locally grown foods for seniors. He also authored the LGBT Elder Americans Act to improve services for LGBT elders.
Senator Bennet is also a member of the bipartisan Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease.
He is a member of the Senate Committees on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; and Finance.
Before his appointment to the Senate in 2009 and subsequent election to a full six year term in 2010, Michael served as Superintendent of Denver Public Schools. Prior to his time at the Denver Public Schools, he served as Chief of Staff to then-Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper and as Managing Director at the Anschutz Investment Company.
Michael married Susan Daggett, a successful natural resources lawyer, in 1997. They are the proud parents of three daughters: Caroline, Halina and Anne.
The National Alliance for Caregiving would like to recognize Senator Bennet for his continued leadership and support of family caregivers.