State Sen. Baumgartner announces for Cantwell seat

Oct 3, 2011

SPOKANE, Wash. — Republican State Sen. Michael Baumgartner of Spokane is announcing he will seek the U.S. Senate seat held by Democratic Sen. Maria Cantwell.

The 35-year-old Baumgartner is in his first term after winning the most expensive state senate campaign in Washington history last year.

Baumgartner graduated from Washington State and holds a master's degree from Harvard. He served as a State Department diplomat in Iraq and as a civilian contractor in counter narcotics in Afghanistan. He says the nation needs to restore a dynamic economy at home and end a haphazard foreign policy overseas.

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