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Ken Salazar

Ken SalazarAKA Kenneth Lee Salazar

Born: 2-Mar-1955
Birthplace: Alamosa, CO

Gender: Male
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: Hispanic
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Politician
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: US Secretary of the Interior, 2009-13

Former Attorney General of Colorado, elected to the US Senate in 2004, defeating Pete Coors to succeed retiring Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell. Appointed Secretary of the Interior by President Barack Obama in 2009, despite a generally lukewarm record on environmental issues. As Senator in 2006, voted to allow increased offshore oil drilling in the Gulf Coast, and as Secretary of the Interior he oversaw the governmental response to the months-long British Petroleum oil gusher in the Gulf in 2010.

Father: Henry Salazar (d. 23-Dec-2001)
Mother: Emma
Brother: Leandro (d. 1992)
Brother: John Salazar (older)
Brother: LeRoy
Brother: Elliott
Sister: Margaret
Sister: Elaine
Sister: June
Wife: Hope Hernandez (m. 1985)
Daughter: Melinda
Daughter: Andrea

    High School: Centauri High School, Conejos County, CO (1973)
    University: BA Political Science, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO (1977)
    University: JD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (1981)

    US Secretary of the Interior (2009-13)
    US Senator, Colorado (3-Jan-2005 to 21-Jan-2009, resigned)
    Attorney General of Colorado (1999-2004)
    Colorado State Official Executive Dir., Department of Natural Resources (1990-94)
    Colorado State Official Chief Legal Counsel, Gov. Roy Romer (1986-90)
    Dairy Queen franchisee, Westminster, CO (2001-)
    Gore 2000
    Joe Lieberman for President
    Funeral: Ted Kennedy (2009)

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