u 2012 Washington General Election

Michael Baumgartner

A candidate for U.S. Senator in the 2012 Washington General Election

Party: Republican

Age: 40City: Spokane, WA

On this race: NOTABLE: Bachelor’s degree WSU, masters degree Harvard; former foreign service officer in Iraq, former civilian contractor in Afghanistan; lectures on counterterrorism, finishing second year in state Senate. Named one of Spokane’s sexiest people in a 2011 Pacific Northwest Inlander article. Key issues: The road from Olympia to Washington is long and difficult – he has far less name recognition and money than Cantwell, is from a less populous part of the state, and has spent two years on state issues. He’s trying to use his expertise in the Middle East to bring foreign affairs to the forefront of the race.


Education: Master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University, 2002; bachelor’s degree from WSU in economics, minors in math and French, 1999. Attended Gonaga Prep for two years before returning with his family to Pullman, where he graduated high school in 1995.

Work experience: Worked for office of the Crown Prince of Dubai as economic development adviser for about a year starting in June 2002. Worked two years starting in the spring of 2003 for i4, a company that hoped to build a telecommunication network in Saudi Arabia. Worked as Dubai-based business consultant for about a year. Worked as consultant for Hecla Mining related to gold mine in Venezuela for several months in 2006. Worked as economics officer for the U.S. State Department in Iraq for about a year starting in spring 2007. Worked for Civilian Police International, a State Department contractor, in Afghanistan on a counter-narcotics program for about eight months starting in December 2008. Currently is a consultant, teaching troops about economic development issues before deployment.

Political experience: Elected to state Senate in 2010, unseating Democratic incumbent Chris Marr. Unsuccessfully challenged Democratic U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell in 2012.

Family: Wife; three children.

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Last updated: Nov. 13, 9:30 p.m. Election results

Maria Cantwell (D) 1,714,271 60.16%
Michael Baumgartner (R) 1,135,453 39.84%
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