Denver superintendent named U.S. senator

Denver Superintendent Michael Bennet, a well-respected reformer, has been picked as Colorado’s new senator.  He’ll replace Sen. Ken Salazar, who is stepping down to serve as Interior secretary.

A Yale-educated lawyer who made millions working as a corporate restructuring specialist before entering government work, Bennet was an aide to Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper before taking over Denver’s schools in 2005.

An earlier Obama supporter, Bennet advised the president-elect on education and was mentioned as a possible Education secretary. This New Yorker profile is well worth reading.

It will be great to have a U.S. senator who’s grappled with the toughest education challenges.

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