John Salazar

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John Salazar previously served the 3rd Congressional district of Colorado

John T. Salazar, a Democrat, is a former U.S. Representative for the 3rd Congressional district of Colorado, having served 2005 to 2011.[1] Pueblo, Durango, and Grand Junction were in Salazar's district.

Record and controversies

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Iraq War

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.


Salazar was born July 21, 1953 in Alamosa, Colorado, but calls Manassa, Colorado home. He is married to Mary Lou Salazar and has three children. His brother, Ken Salazar, was also elected in 2004 to represent Colorado in the U.S. Senate.

Salazar served in the U.S. Army from 1973-1976, and is a farmer and rancher, raising cattle, potatoes, wheat, barley, and hay. He also served on the Colorado Agricultural Commission from 1999-2002 and in the Colorado House of Representatives. from 2003 until 2004.

Salazar, who grew up on his parents' farm and ranch, is concerned with conservation, particularly when it comes to water rights. He has said his top priority on Capitol Hill will be ensuring that water derived from the snow melt of Colorado's Western Slope will stay in his district instead of being sent to California or Nevada. Though a Democrat, he has conservative leanings -- he opposes expanding gun control and supports permanent repeal of the inheritance tax. He also supports allowing Americans to buy cheaper prescription drugs from Canada.

As a veteran, a son of a veteran, and father of a child serving in the Colorado National Guard (as of 2004), Salazar has also been vocal against cuts to veterans' benefits and has criticized the Bush administration's proposed cuts to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

2006 elections

In 2006, the Republicans nominated Scott Tipton, and the Libertarian Party nominated Bert L. Sargent to face Salazar in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [1] Salazar retained his seat.

2008 elections

This information was gathered by volunteer researchers as part of the Superdelegate Transparency Project on the superdelegates for the 2008 Democratic presidential primary. For more info see the Colorado superdelegate tracker or visit the STP homepage.

Before Hillary Clinton conceded the race, John Salazar, as a superdelegate, had not endorsed a candidate for President.

  • For more information and sources, see the state page for this superdelegate linked to in the blue box above.

2010 elections

In 2010, Salazar was defeated by Republican Scott Tipton.[1]

Money in politics

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Links to more campaign contribution information for John Salazar
from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Fundraising profile: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2006 election cycle Career totals

Committees and affiliations


  • House Committee on Agriculture
    • Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management
    • Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, Energy, and Research
    • Subcommittee on Specialty Crops, Rural Development and Foreign Agriculture Programs

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

Coalitions and caucuses

  • Board Member, Reo Grande Water Conservation District, 1990-1994
  • Member, Colorado State Agricultural Commission
  • Board Member, Governor's Economic Development Advisory

Boards and other affiliations

  • Dr. Michael P. Espinoza Challenge for Success
  • Manasa Elementary School, Basketball Basics For Leadership Training
  • Saint Joseph's Parish Youth Group.

Wikipedia also has an article on John Salazar. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 John Salazar profile, The Washington Post, accessed January 2011.


Articles & Commentary

Local blogs and discussion sites

Corresponding article on Wikipedia and Cause Caller. (If Cause Caller link does not work, pick from its list of senators and representatives.)

Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives
111th Congress
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110th Congress
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Reo Grande Water Conservation District, Colorado State Agricultural Commission, Governor's Economic Development Advisory
Committees: House Committee on Agriculture, House Committee on Agriculture/Subcommittee on Conservation Credit Energy and Research, House Committee on Agriculture/Subcommittee on Specialty Crops Rural Developmentm and Foreign Agriculture, House Committee on Agriculture/Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure/Subcommittee on Aviation, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure/Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs/Subcommittee on Health
Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 2, 2004
First Took Current Office:
January 3, 2005
Next Election:
November 2, 2010
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Freshman Member?
Previous Political Work?
Colorado House of Representatives
Other Party Membership:
District Offices:
1. 609 Main Street, #6, Alamosa, CO 81101,
Phone: 719-587-5105 / Fax: 719-587-5137
2. 700 Main Avenue, Suite F, Durango, CO 81301
Phone: 970-375-3264 / Fax: 970-375-3265
3. 225 North 5th Street, Suite 702, Grand Junction, CO 81501
Phone: 970-245-7107 / Fax: 970-245-2194
4. 134 West B Street, Pueblo, CO 81003
Phone: 719-543-8200 / Fax: 719-543-8204

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Date of Birth: July 21, 1953