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Michael Bennet ’93JD

Just as one Yale Law School graduate (Hillary Clinton ’73JD) leaves the Senate, another is arriving: On January 3, Michael Bennet ’93JD was appointed by Colorado governor Bill Ritter to fill the Senate vacancy to be created when Senator Ken Salazar becomes Barack Obama’s secretary of the interior. Bennet, a Democrat, has been Denver’s superintendent of schools for three and a half years; before that, he had stints in Denver city government, the Clinton justice department, and corporate law.

Bennet is not the only Eli in his family: he is married to Susan Daggett ’91JD, an environmental lawyer, and his brother, James Bennet ’88, is the editor of the Atlantic. As for the Senate, he’ll be one of eight members of the Bulldog caucus.

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