Maria Cantwell

Born:October 13, 1958 (age 65)
Career:U.S. Senate, 2001-present
U.S. House of Representatives, 1993-1995
Education:B.A., Miami University

Maria Cantwell assumed office as a United States senator for the state of Washington in January 2001.

Cantwell was born October 13, 1958, in Indianapolis, Indiana. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in public administration from Miami University of Ohio in 1980. After working for two political campaigns following graduation, Cantwell, worked in public relations.

Cantwell served as a Washington State representative from 1987-1993. In 1993, she was elected to the United States House of Representatives from Washington's 1st Congressional District, serving only one term before losing the next election. From 1995-2000, she was senior vice president of consumer products for RealNetworks. In 2000, she was elected to the U.S. Senate and is currently serving her fourth term.

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