Governor John Hickenlooper appointed John Salazar as Commissioner of Agriculture in 2011. A sixth-generation farmer and rancher, Salazar served three terms representing Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District and was a member of the House Agriculture Committee. Before his time in Congress, Salazar served in the Colorado General Assembly for two years.
Salazar’s advocacy in Congress earned him recognition for outstanding service by the American Farm Bureau and the Golden Triangle Award from the National Farmers Union. He played a key role in passing the historic farm bill of 2008 and authored the rural broadband and specialty crop provisions. With a seat on the powerful House Appropriations Committee in his third term, Salazar worked on national energy issues, jobs creation and the economy.
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.
Salazar earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Adams State College after serving three years in the U.S. Army.
Department of Agriculture
700 Kipling Street, Suite 4000
Lakewood, CO 80215
Phone: (303) 239-4104
Fax: (303) 239-4176