Maria Cantwell was elected to a seat in the United States Senate in 2000 and was sworn in on January 3, 2001. Maria has worked diligently for Washington State citizens by aggressively fighting to boost Washingtons economy while creating jobs and supporting core industries at home. She has been combating to implement strict environmental regulations and blocking outrageous energy laws proposed by the Bush administration in an effort to protect our environment and natural resources in the Pacific Northwest. She has been a staunch supporter for quality healthcare and educational opportunities for children. Maria promises to fight for political reform and aid in expanding opportunity for every citizen living in Washington State.