Colorado Senator Michael Bennet is running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination
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- Democratic Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado announced he's running for president in a May 2 appearance on CBS "This Morning."
- Bennet, the 21st Democrat to announce a presidential campaign, is currently serving his second elected term as Colorado's senior senator. He was first appointed in 2009 and re-elected the following year.
- Bennet will be competing against his former boss and fellow Coloradan former Gov. John Hickenlooper, who announced his presidential bid in March.
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Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado is running for the Democratic nomination for president, he announced in a May 2 appearance on CBS "This Morning."
Bennet, the 21st Democrat and seventh US senator to announce a 2020 presidential campaign, is currently serving his second elected term as Colorado's senior senator.
He was first appointed in 2009 to replace Ken Salazar after his appointment as Obama's Secretary of the Interior and was re-elected in 2010.
Born in New Delhi, India and raised by a wealthy family in Washington, Bennet attended Wesleyan University and Yale Law School, briefly working as a law clerk for a federal judge on the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. His brother James is the editorial page editor of the New York Times.
Bennet then made a small fortune in the private sector, working for many years as a managing director for The Anschutz Investment Company before going into politics.
The Colorado senator began his career in public service as chief of staff for former Denver Mayor and fellow presidential contender John Hickenlooper, who went on to serve two terms as Colorado's governor. In 2005, Bennet was appointed as the superintendent of the Denver public school system, a position in which he served four years.
Colorado political figures close to Bennet, including former State Senator Chris Romer, predicted to INSIDER in February that Bennet will likely run a campaign appealing to a centrist, business-friendly wing of the Democratic party.
As a senator, Bennet has mainly been known for his quiet intellect, bipartisan legislative achievements, and affable demeanor. As he was preparing to leave office in 2016, former President Barack Obama identified Bennet as one of the Democratic Party's most "gifted" up-and-coming politicians.
But this January the usually demure Bennet went viral for an uncharacteristically fiery and passionate speech on the Senate floor slamming Sen. Ted Cruz for shedding "crocodile tears" over the then-ongoing government shutdown.
On April 19, Bennet announced he underwent successful surgery to treat prostate cancer, previously telling the Colorado Independent's Mike Littwin that he would move forward with a presidential bid if he was cleared of the disease.
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