Awards Presentation Affordable Housing Trailblazer Award Honoree

SENATOR MARIA CANTWELL Senator Maria Cantwell currently serves as a United States Senator for the State of Washington. As a respected leader—both in public service and in the private sector— Maria has always embraced the values she first learned growing up in a strong working- class family. With the help of Pell Grants, Maria was the first member of her family to graduate college. Later, a successful businesswoman in Washington’s hi-tech industry, she helped build a company that created hundreds of high-paying jobs from the ground up. Maria was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2000, 2006 and again in 2012, pledging to honor the hard work, aspirations and faith of the people of Washington state. She is working to create affordable opportunities for consumers, businesses and families, to make our nation more secure today, to foster innovation for tomorrow, and to stand with parents as they educate and care for their children.


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