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Michael Baumgartner

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

Party: Republican

Age: 42

City: Spokane, WA

Education: Graduated from Pullman High School in 1995, after attending Gonzaga Prep for two years. Graduated from Washington State University in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in economics. Graduated from Harvard University in 2002 with a master’s degree in public administration.

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. Provided pre-deployment advisory to U.S. military on counterinsurgency. Lecturer on counterinsurgency at Sciences Po University in Paris.

Political experience: Elected to state Senate in 2010, unseating Democratic incumbent Chris Marr. Unsuccessfully challenged Democratic U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell in 2012. Previously served as vice chairman of Senate Ways and Means Committee and chairman of Commerce and Labor committee.

Family: Married. Has four children.

 

 

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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

Candidate Votes Pct
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 %
Charlie 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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Art Coday

Republican

Mike The Mover

Republican

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