SALAZAR, Kenneth Lee (1955-)
Senate Years of Service: 2005-2009

SALAZAR, KENNETH LEE, (brother of John Salazar), a Senator from Colorado; born in Alamosa, Colorado, March 2, 1955; B.A., political science, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1977; J.D., University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Mich., 1981; practiced law in Denver, Colo., 1981-1986, 1994-1998; chief legal counsel, Governor Roy Romer of Colorado, 1986-1990; executive director, Colorado Department of Natural Resources 1990-1994; Colorado State attorney general 1999-2005; elected as a Democrat to the U.S. Senate in 2004, and served from January 3, 2005, until his resignation on January 20, 2009, to accept a Cabinet position; Secretary of the Interior in the Cabinet of President Barack Obama, 2009-2013.

University of Colorado Libraries
Boulder, CO
Papers: Senatorial papers.

  • "Ken Salazar" in Hispanic Americans in Congress, 1822-2012. Prepared under the direction of the Committee on House Administration by the Office of the Historian and the Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives. Washington: Government Printing Office, 2013.
  • U.S. Congress. Tributes Delivered in Congress: Ken Salazar, United States Senator, 2005-2009. Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2012.