John Salazar (Colorado)

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John Salazar
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Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture
Former officeholder
In office
2011 - 2014
Colorado General Assembly
U.S. House
Base salary$146,040
Elections and appointments
Appointed byGovernor John Hickenlooper
Campaign $$163,747
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sAdams State College
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Army
Office website
John Salazar is the former Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture. He is a former Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, representing the 3rd District of Colorado. Governor John Hickenlooper appointed Salazar as Commissioner of Agriculture in 2011.[1]

Salazar announced his retirement as commissioner on November 14, 2014. The governor's office selected Don Brown as his replacement on January 30, 2015.[2][3][4]


Salazar served for three years in the U.S. Army.[1] He served on the Rio Grande Water Conservation District, the Colorado Agricultural Leadership Forum and the Colorado Agricultural Commission before being elected as a state representative in 2002.[1]


  • B.S. in business administration - Adams State College[1]

Political career

Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture (2011-2014)

Governor John Hickenlooper appointed Salazar as Commissioner of Agriculture in 2011. He served in office until his resignation in 2014.[1]

U.S. House (2004-2011)

Salazar served three terms representing Colorado's 3rd Congressional District and was a member of the House Agriculture Committee.[1]

Voting record

  • Frequency of Voting with Democratic Leadership

According to a July 2010 analysis of 1,357 votes cast from January 1, 2009 to June 16, 2010, Salazar has voted with the House Democratic leadership 96.9 percent of the time.[5] That same analysis reported that he also voted with party leadership 96.0 percent of the time in 2010.

  • Washington Post Analysis

A separate analysis from The Washington Post from July 23, 2010, concluded that he voted 97.2 percent of the time with a majority of Democrats in the House of Representatives.[6]

  • Specific Votes

Rep. Salazar voted for the auto bailout.[7] As of September 13, 2010, 56 percent of Americans disapproved of the auto bailout, while 43 percent supported it.[8]

Salazar also supported the stimulus bill.[9] As of August 2010, 57 percent of U.S. voters believed that the stimulus had either hurt the economy (36 percent) or had no impact (21 percent). 38 percent believed the stimulus helped the economy.[10]

In addition, Salazar voted for the "Cash for Clunkers" bill.[11] According to a June 2009 Rasmussen Reports poll, 54 percent of likely U.S. voters opposed Cash for Clunkers, while 35 percent supported it.[12]

Salazar also voted in favor of the health care reform bill.[13] As of September 2010, 57 percent of likely voters at least somewhat favored repeal of the health care reform bill, including 46 percent who strongly favored repeal. 35 percent of likely voters opposed repeal. 51 percent of likely voters believed the health care reform bill would be bad for the country, while 36 percent believed it would be beneficial.[14]

Colorado General Assembly (2002-2004)

Before his time in Congress, Salazar served in the Colorado General Assembly for two years.[1]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Salazar is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Salazar raised a total of $163,747 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 8, 2013.[15]

John Salazar (Colorado)'s Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2002 Colorado State House District 62 Won $163,747
Grand Total Raised $163,747


Salazar and his wife, Mary Lou, have three children.[16][17]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture
Succeeded by
Don Brown