Maria Cantwell

Born:October 13, 1958 (age 61)
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 attended Emmerich Manual High School and was inducted into the Indiana Public School Hall of Fame in 2006. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in public administration from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. After college, Cantwell moved to Seattle, Washington, to assist in Alan Cranston's unsuccessful presidential campaign in 1984.

In 1993, Cantwell became the first Democrat to be elected to the United States House of Representatives from Washington's 1st Congressional District. As a representative, she helped write Washington's Growth Management Act, which required cities to develop comprehensive growth plans.

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