Tech Executive To Washington State Senator

March 23, 2012 by staff 

Tech Executive To Washington State Senator, Elected to Congress in 1992, this former state legislator lost her first re-election bid in 1994 and took a job at Seattle-based RealNetworks, where she earned millions in stock options. Staging a political comeback in 2000, she won a narrow victory for a U.S. Senate seat in a recount, but the dot-com bust wiped out much of her fortune.

Maria E. Cantwell (born October 13, 1958) is the junior United States Senator from the state of Washington and a member of the Democratic Party.

She previously served in the Washington House of Representatives, and then in the United States House of Representatives from Washington’s 1st congressional district from 1993 to 1995, after which she worked as an executive for RealNetworks. She is Washington’s second female senator, after Patty Murray.

Cantwell was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. She was raised in a predominantly Irish-American neighborhood on the south side of Indianapolis. Her father, Paul F. Cantwell, served as county commissioner, city councilman, state legislator, and Chief of Staff for U.S. Representative Andrew Jacobs, Jr. Her mother, Rose M., was an administrative assistant.

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