John Salazar named state agriculture commissioner

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John Salazar

— Gov.-elect John Hicken­loop­er announced Wednesday that John Salazar will be commissioner of agriculture, according to a news release. 

Salazar served three terms representing Colorado’s 3rd Con­gres­sional District and was a member of the House Agriculture Committee. Before that, Salazar served in the Colo­rado General Assembly for two years.

“A thriving agriculture sector is critical to Colorado’s economic recovery,” Hickenlooper said in the release. “Farmers and ranchers are also leading the way as business innovators. Their prosperity helps build a foundation for all of Colorado. And no one has been a more passionate champion for agriculture and rural communities than John Salazar. We are fortunate to have his leadership at the helm of the Department of Agriculture.”

Republican Scott Tipton, a Cortez businessman and state legislator, defeated Salazar in November in his bid for a fourth term in Washington.

Hickenlooper also announced that current Agriculture Commissioner John Stulp will be special policy adviser to the governor on water and chairman of the Interbasin Compact Committee.

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