Senator Maria Cantwell
United States Senator for the State of Washington
Maria Cantwell currently serves as a United States Senator for the State of Washington. Cantwell was first elected in 2000 when she beat the incumbent Senator Slade Gorton.
Cantwell was the first member of her family to graduate from college. She worked in the Washington state legislature and then as a member of the US Congress. She lost her seat in the Republican sweep into Congress in 1994. Cadwell then entered the private sector to become a successful business woman in the high tech industry as an executive at RealNetworks. In 2000 she was urged to run for the Senate and spent $10 million of her own money, eschewing support from PAC’s.
Cantwell currently serves on the Finance Committee, the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee and the Indian Affairs Committee.
Senator Cadwell spoke at The Common Good in 2011.