Kenneth Lee Salazar is an American politician who served as the 50th United States Secretary of the Interior in the administration of President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2013. A member of the Democratic Party, he previously was a United States Senator from Colorado from 2005 to 2009. He and Mel Martinez were the first Hispanic U.S. Senators since 1977; they were joined by Bob Menendez in 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.
|Born:||Kenneth Lee Salazar, March 02, 1955, Alamosa, Colorado, U.S.|
|Education:||Colorado College (BA), University of Michigan (JD)|
|Deputy:||David J. Hayes|
|Preceded by:||Dirk Kempthorne|
|Succeeded by:||Sally Jewell|
|Twitter:||Ken Salazar's Twitter profile|
|Facebook:||Ken Salazar's Facebook profile|
About Ken Salazar
50th United States Secretary of the Interior from 2009 to 2013 who was a US Senator from Colorado from 2005 to 2009. He was only the second Hispanic Interior Secretary in US History.
He obtained a law degree from the University of Michigan Law School, after earning a bachelor's from Colorado College.
He was the designated survivor for the 2011 State of the Union Address.
He has two daughters with his wife Hope.
He was appointed United States Secretary of the Interior by Barack Obama in 2009 and served the office until 2013.