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Senate to swear in new Colorado senator

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

DENVER ” Colorado gets a new senator Thursday.

Senate leaders say they will give the oath of office Thursday afternoon to Denver Democrat Michael Bennet, who replaces former Sen. Ken Salazar. On Tuesday, Salazar resigned his seat to become Interior secretary for President Barack Obama.

Bennet is the replacement pick of Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter. Bennet is a lawyer-turned-businessman who became superintendent of Denver Public Schools in 2005. Bennet advised Obama on education policy last year during the presidential campaign and is a former adviser to Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper.

Bennet will have to run for re-election in 2010, when Salazar’s term would have ended. Bennet says he’ll become the nation’s first big-city schools superintendent to go on to the Senate.

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