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Meet Ken Salazar's replacement-to-be

From NBC's Abby Livingston
Colorado's next senator-apparent is a man who has never run for office and whose name might not ring a bell. 

But Michael Bennet has pedigree. Lots of it.

The Rocky Mountain News did an extensive profile on Bennet in 2003, when he served as the chief-of-staff of Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper (who was also an oft-mentioned candidate for the Senate appointment).

Bennet was born in New Delhi, India in 1964. The circumstance of the exotic locale was that his father, Douglas Bennet, was serving as an aide to Chester Bowles, then the U.S. ambassador to India and previously foreign policy aide to President Kennedy.

Bennet grew up in Washington, DC and attended the exclusive all-boys St. Alban's school. He went on to graduate from Wesleyan University, and in between undergraduate school and law school he served as a body man to Ohio governor Dick Celeste. After graduating from Yale Law in 1993, he served in the Clinton administration as counsel to Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick, a position that included writing speeches for Attorney General Janet Reno.

After he left the Justice Department, he worked as an assistant special US attorney in Connecticut, but moved to Colorado in 1997. For six years, he worked for billionaire entertainment mogul Phil Anschutz. Over that time, though, he struck up a friendship with John Hickenlooper, who, when elected mayor, named Bennet his chief-of-staff. 

For the last 3 1/2 years, he has served as the superintendent of Denver public schools.

He married Susan Daggett in 1997. They have two daughters. His brother is Atlantic Monthly editor James Bennet, who had previously worked at the New York Times as a Jerusalem bureau chief.