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Encyclopedia > Ken Salazar
Ken Salazar
Ken Salazar

Incumbent
Assumed office 
January 3, 2005
Serving with Wayne Allard
Preceded by Ben Nighthorse Campbell
Succeeded by Incumbent (2011)

Born March 02, 1955 (1955-03-02) (age 52)
Alamosa, Colorado
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse Hope Salazar
Profession Lawyer
Religion Roman Catholic

Kenneth Lee Salazar (born March 2, 1955) is an American politician, rancher, and environmentalist from the U.S. state of Colorado. Salazar, a Democrat, served as state Attorney General before winning a U.S. Senate seat in the 2004 Senate elections. He has been the junior U.S. Senator from Colorado since January 2005. He and Mel Martinez (R-Florida) are the first Hispanic U.S. Senators since 1977. They were joined by Bob Menendez (D-New Jersey) in January 2006. Released by campaign File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Type Upper House President of the Senate Richard B. Cheney, R since January 20, 2001 President pro tempore Robert C. Byrd, D since January 4, 2007 Members 100 Political groups Democratic Party Republican Party Last elections November 7, 2006 Meeting place Senate Chamber United States Capitol Washington, DC United States... 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Contents

Early Life and Family

Senator Ken Salazar was born in the town of Alamosa and grew up near the town of Manassa, Colorado in the San Luis Valley area of south-central Colorado to his parents, Emma M. and Henry (Enrique) S. Salazar,[1] Americans of Mexican descent. Salazar can trace his ancestry all the way back from before his family's arrival in North America to 12th century Spain. Ken is a 5th generation Coloradan, 12th generation North American or the family roots go back in what is now classified as North America for 12 generations. Alamosa is a city located in Alamosa County, Colorado. ... Manassa is a town located in Conejos County, Colorado. ... The Great Sand Dunes sit directly west of the Sangre de Cristo Range, which is featured in the background. ... North America North America is a continent[1] in the Earths northern hemisphere and (chiefly) western hemisphere. ...


Salazar attended St. Francis Seminary and Centauri High School in Conejos County, graduating in 1973. He later attended Colorado College, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science in 1977, and received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 1981. Later Salazar was awarded honorary degrees (Doctor of Laws) from Colorado College (1993) and the University of Denver (1999). Conejos County is a county located in the U.S. state of Colorado. ... The Colorado College is a private four-year, co-educational liberal arts college located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. ... A B.A. issued from the University of Tennessee. ... The Politics series Politics Portal This box:      Political Science is the field concerning the theory and practice of politics and the description and analysis of political systems and political behaviour. ... “J.D.” redirects here. ... It has been suggested that Student Funded Fellowships be merged into this article or section. ... An honorary degree (Latin: honoris causa ad gradum, not to be confused with an honors degree) is an academic degree awarded to an individual as a decoration, rather than as the result of matriculating and studying for several years. ... The University of Denver (DU) is an independent, coeducational, four-year university in Denver, Colorado. ...


After graduating Salazar had a private law practice. In 1986 he became chief legal counsel to then Governor Roy Romer; in 1990 Romer appointed him to his cabinet as Director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. The Governor of Colorado is the chief executive of the U.S. state of Colorado. ... Roy R. Romer (born October 31, 1928 in Garden City, Kansas, United States) was the 39th governor of Colorado and served as the superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District from 2001 to 2006. ... This article is about the governmental body. ...


U.S. Senator

In 1994, Salazar returned to private practice. In 1998, he was elected state attorney general; he was reelected to this position in 2002. In 2004, he declared his candidacy the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Republican Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell. Salazar considers himself a moderate and has at times taken positions that are in disagreement with the base of his party — for a number of years he opposed gay adoption. Salazar lost to Mike Miles at the State nominating convention. In spite of this loss, the national Democratic Party backed Salazar with contributions from the DSCC and promotion of Salazar as the only primary candidate. Salazar came back to defeat Miles in the Democratic primary,and he narrowly defeated beer executive Pete Coors of the Coors Brewing Company to win. His elder brother John also had an electoral victory in 2004, winning a race for the U.S. House of Representatives from Colorado's third congressional district. The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Ben Nighthorse Campbell (born April 13, 1933) is an American politician. ... For other uses, see Primary. ... For other uses, see Beer (disambiguation). ... Peter Hanson Coors (born September 20, 1946) is a U.S. businessman and entrepreneur. ... The Coors Brewing Company is a regional division of the world’s fifth-largest brewery companies, the Molson Coors Brewing Company. ... John Salazar John T. Salazar (born July 21, 1953) is a Democrat from Colorado, was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2004, representing the states third Congressional district (map). ... Type Bicameral Speaker of the House of Representatives House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi, (D) since January 4, 2007 Steny Hoyer, (D) since January 4, 2007 House Minority Leader John Boehner, (R) since January 4, 2007 Members 435 plus 4 Delegates and 1 Resident Commissioner Political groups Democratic Party Republican Party... A congressional district is an electoral constituency that elects a single member of a congress. ...

2004 campaign logo. Salazar's slogan was "fighting for Colorado's land, water, and people."

He took office on January 4, 2005. Salazar and his wife Esperanza "Hope" have two daughters, Melinda (20) and Andrea (19). Ken and his family are Roman Catholic. This is a copyrighted and/or trademarked logo. ... This is a copyrighted and/or trademarked logo. ... Catholic Church redirects here. ...


Soon after arriving in the Senate, Salazar generated controversy within his party by introducing Attorney General nominee Alberto Gonzales and sitting by his side during Gonzales' confirmation hearings. In most common law jurisdictions, the Attorney General is the main legal adviser to the government, and in some jurisdictions may in addition have executive responsibility for law enforcement or responsibility for public prosecutions. ... Alberto Gonzales (born August 4, 1955), is the 80th and current Attorney General of the United States. ...


On May 23, 2005, Salazar was one of fourteen moderate senators to forge a compromise on the Democrats' use of the judicial filibuster, thus blocking the Republican leadership's attempt to implement the so-called "nuclear option". Under the agreement, the Democrats would retain the power to filibuster a Bush judicial nominee only in an "extraordinary circumstance", and the three most conservative Bush appellate court nominees (Janice Rogers Brown, Priscilla Owen and William Pryor) would receive a vote by the full Senate. Salazar has been feuding with Focus on the Family, a Colorado-based conservative religious group of national stature, over his stance on judicial nominees. As a form of obstructionism in a legislature or other decision making body, a filibuster is an attempt to extend debate upon a proposal in order to delay or completely prevent a vote on its passage. ... The nuclear option, also called the Constitutional option, is a parliamentary ruling by the presiding officer of the United States Senate to end debate and hold an immediate vote on a matter under consideration. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Appeal. ... The Honorable Janice Rogers Brown Janice Rogers Brown (born May 11, 1949 in Greenville, Alabama) is a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. ... Priscilla Owen (born in Palacios, Texas, October 4, 1954) is a judge in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. ... William Holcombe Pryor, Jr. ... The graphic identity of Focus on the Family is intended to recall old time traditional values. ...


In August of 2006 Ken Salazar supported fellow Democratic Senator Joe Lieberman in his primary race against Ned Lamont in Connecticut. Ned Lamont, running primarily as an anti-war candidate, won the primary. Salazar's continued support of Lieberman, who successfully ran as an independent against Lamont, has rankled the anti-war wing of the Democratic party. Joseph Isadore Joe Lieberman (born February 24, 1942) is a United States Senator from Connecticut. ... Edward Miner Lamont, Jr. ... Official language(s) English Capital Hartford Largest city Bridgeport[3] Largest metro area Hartford Metro Area[2] Area  Ranked 48th  - Total 5,543[4] sq mi (14,356 km²)  - Width 70 miles (113 km)  - Length 110 miles (177 km)  - % water 12. ...


Electoral History

Colorado U.S. Senate Race 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Ken Salazar 1,081,188 51.3
Republican Pete Coors 980,668 47.4

The Democratic Party is one of the two major United States political parties. ... This article is about the modern United States Republican Party. ... Peter Hanson Coors (born September 20, 1946) is a U.S. businessman and entrepreneur. ...

Footnotes

  1. ^ http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~battle/senators/salazar.htm

See also

List of Hispanic Americans in the United States Congress This is a list of Hispanic Americans who have served in the U.S. Congress. ...


External links

United States Senate
Preceded by
Ben Nighthorse Campbell
Senator from Colorado (Class 3)
2005 – present
Served alongside: Wayne Allard
Incumbent
Legal offices
Preceded by
Gale Norton
Attorney General of Colorado
1999 – 2005
Succeeded by
John W. Suthers

  Results from FactBites:
 
Ken Salazar - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (554 words)
Salazar was born in the town of Alamosa in the San Luis Valley area of south-central Colorado.
Salazar considers himself a moderate and has at times taken positions which are in disagreement with the base of his party -- for a number of years he opposed gay adoption, and during the general election he ran ads attacking Pete Coors for saying Osama bin Laden should not receive the death penalty.
On May 23, 2005, Salazar was one of fourteen moderate senators to forge a compromise on the Democrats' use of the judicial filibuster, thus blocking the Republican leadership's attempt to implement the so-called "nuclear option".
Ken Salazar - dKosopedia (310 words)
Ken Salazar was elected as a United States Senator from Colorado in 2004.
Ken Salazar has so far voted as a centrist Democrat to the right of the Congressional party, for example, as one of the few Democrats to support President Bush's appointment of Alberto Gonzales as United States Attorney General.
Salazar received praise from many Democrats for his war of words with James Dobson of Focus on the Family after Dobson labeled Salazar, who is a practicing Catholic, "anti-Catholic" as part of an advertising campaign related to federal judicial nominations.
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