|Address||200 E. Colfax, Room 271 |
Denver, Colorado , United States
|| July 21, 1953
Jul 01, 2011 08:32pm
Caucasian - Hispanic - Moderate-to-Liberal - Pro-Choice - Pro-Labor - Married - U.S. Army - Catholic - Christian - Straight -
|Info||Born a fifth generation Coloradoan, John Salazar (3rd District, Colorado) is the third of eight children raised on a small farm in Colorado’s San Luis Valley. John’s family arrived in Southern Colorado in the mid-1860’s and settled an area called Los Rincones. For six generations, the Salazar family has farmed and ranched the same land outside of the small town of Manassa. |
John graduated from Centauri High School (La Jara, CO), and in 1973, he joined the United States Army. After serving in Heidelberg, Germany, Salazar received an honorable military discharge in 1976. Following his service, John enrolled at Adams State College in Alamosa, Colorado where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business (1981).
Coming from a family with a farm legacy, John has worked the Colorado land his entire life. In that family tradition, he owns and operates over 2000 acres of irrigated crop land in South Central Colorado near the New Mexico border. Year-round, John can be found tending to his crops, including Colorado Certified Seed Potatoes, alfalfa, and grass hay.
As a farmer, John understands the needs of rural communities. In 2002, he was elected to the Colorado State House of Representatives, House District 62. While there, John fought to defend rural values. John has also served out appointments to the Governor’s Economic Development Advisory Board, the Colorado State Agricultural Commission and was a member of the Rio Grande Water Conservation District Board of Directors.
On November 2 nd, 2004, John Salazar was elected and sent to the United States House of Representatives to proudly represent the 3 rd District of Colorado. The district is comprised of 29 counties stretching from Otero County in the East to Moffat County in Northwest Colorado.
Upon arrival, John was appointed to sit on the powerful House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, which among other things has jurisdiction over the nation’s highway and transit programs, water resources development, and aviation. He was also appointed to serve on the House Committee on Agriculture where he will be able to shape agricultural policy into the future.
John Salazar has joined his colleagues on both the Congressional Blue Dog Coalition and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to address the needs of Third Congressional District residents.
John and his wife, Mary Lou, have been married for twenty-six years. The couple has three sons: Jesus, Esteban and Miguel and one grandson: Charlie.
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