Senator Michael Bennet Sets Up a Borrowed Shop and Gets to Work in D.C.


January 26 2009, 8:49 AM
Colorado's newest U.S. senator, Michael Bennet, is, at the moment, borrowing an office and a staff in the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C., according to The Washington Post, which notes that the life of the 44-year-old senator, who is the "greenest and least well-known member," has been a "blur lately." Bennet was at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science on Sunday for an open house, the Rocky Mountain News reports, surrounded by Democratic well-wishers, brownies, and cookies. He said his first vote as a senator is to back the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which extends the statute of limitations for women to challenge discriminatory pay in court. His top priority is the economy, but as The Denver Post notes in an editorial, Bennet could be the pivotal vote on the Employee Free Choice Act, a measure backed by unions. The act, which failed last year, would eliminate secret ballot votes among workers forming unions.