Former Sen. Ken Salazar

Democrat  •  Colorado 1 Terms  •  Sworn In 2005


Salazar was born March 2, 1955 in the town of Alamosa, Colorado in the San Luis Valley area of south-central Colorado to Spanish-American parents. Senator Salazar can trace his ancestory all the way back to 12th Century Spain. Five generations of Salazar's family had farmed and ranched in San Luis Valley, since before Colorado was a state; before that, Salazar's ancestors had farmed and ranched in neighboring New Mexico.

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's law school in 1981. Later Salazar was awarded honorary degrees (Doctor of Laws) from Colorado College (1993) and the University of Denver (1999). Read More...

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