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Ken Salazar

Ken Salazar
Personal data
Date of birthMarch 2, 1955(age 60)
Place of birthAlamosa, Colorado, United States
Political partyDemocratic Party
SpouseHope Salazar
Alma materColorado College
University of Michigan
ReligionRoman Catholicism
50th United States Secretary of the Interior
Assumed officeJanuary 20, 2009
PresidentBarack Obama
DeputyDavid Hayes
Preceded byDirk Kempthorne
In officeJanuary 3, 2005 - January 20, 2009
Succeeded byMichael Bennet
Preceded byBen Campbell
36th Attorney General of Colorado
In officeJanuary 12, 1999 - January 3, 2005
GovernorBill Owens
Succeeded byJohn Suthers
Preceded byGale Norton

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Kenneth Lee "Ken" Salazar (-enˈsæləzɑrpron; born March 2, 1955) is the current United States Secretary of the Interior, in the administration of President Barack Obama. A member of the Democratic Party, he previously served as a United States Senator from Colorado from 2005 to 2009. He and Mel Martinez (R-Florida) were the first Hispanic U.S. Senators since 1977; they were joined by Bob Menendez (D-New Jersey) in January 2006. Prior to his election to the U.S. Senate, he served as Attorney General of Colorado from 1999 to 2005.

On December 17, 2008, President-elect Obama announced he would nominate Salazar as U.S. Secretary of the Interior. The environmentalist movement's reaction to this nomination was mixed. Previously, Salazar supported the nomination of Gale Norton to Secretary of the Interior, President George W. Bush's first appointee who preceded Salazar as Colorado Attorney General. On January 20, 2009, Salazar was confirmed by unanimous consent in the Senate.

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