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Michael Baumgartner

A candidate for U.S. Senator, State of Washington in the 2012 Washington Primary

Party: Republican

Age: 41

City: Spokane, WA


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.

On this race:

Issues: Balance the budget while fighting tax increases, replace health care reforms with more workable system, end the war in Afghanistan “as soon as possible”, diversify energy sources. Notable: Met his wife Eleanor when they both worked in Afghanistan in a counternarcotics program.

Election results

Maria Cantwell (D) 698,686 55.45%
Michael Baumgartner (R) 382,599 30.36%
Art Coday (R) 69,570 5.52%
Timmy (Doc) Wilson (D) 29,149 2.31%
Chuck Jackson (R) 24,004 1.91%
Glen R. Stockwell (R) 23,944 1.90%
Mike The Mover (R) 18,109 1.44%
Will Baker (R) 13,978 1.11%

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