John Salazar

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John Salazar
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Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture
In office
2011 - Present
Years in position 4
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 current 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 served 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-Present)

Governor John Hickenlooper appointed Salazar as Commissioner of Agriculture in 2011.[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% of the time.[2] That same analysis reported that he also voted with party leadership 96.0% 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% of the time with a majority of Democrats in the House of Representatives.[3]

  • Specific Votes

Rep. Salazar voted for the auto bailout.[4] As of September 13, 2010: 56% of Americans disapproved of the auto bailout, while 43% supported it.[5]

Salazar also supported the stimulus bill.[6] As of August 2010, 57% of U.S. voters believed that the stimulus had either hurt the economy (36%) or had no impact (21%). 38% believed the stimulus helped the economy. [7]

In addition, Salazar voted for the "Cash for Clunkers" bill.[8] According to a June 2009 Rasmussen Reports poll, 54% of likely U.S. voters opposed Cash for Clunkers, while 35% supported it.[9]

Salazar also voted in favor of the health care reform bill.[10] As of September 2010, 57% of likely voters at least somewhat favored repeal of the health care reform bill, including 46% who strongly favored repeal. 35% of likely voters opposed repeal. 51% of likely voters believed the health care reform bill would be bad for the country, while 36% believed it would be beneficial.[11]

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.[12]

John Salazar'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.[13][14]

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