DENVER (AP) — Colorado Agriculture Commissioner John Salazar is retiring after four years leading the agency through restructuring and a listeria outbreak that threatened the cantaloupe industry.
Salazar announced his retirement Friday. Several members of Gov. John Hickenlooper’s Cabinet are stepping down, a typical occurrence before any administration’s second term.READ MORE: Denver Cops File For Injunction To Stop Mandatory Vaccines
Salazar represented Colorado’s 3rd District in the U.S. House for six years, working on the 2008 Farm Bill and other agricultural measures. Salazar went to work for Hickenlooper in 2011 after his loss to Republican Rep. Scott Tipton.READ MORE: Large Fire Erupts At Westminster Apartment Building; Federal Blvd. Partially Closed
While Agriculture Commissioner, Salazar helped the Rocky Ford Growers Association recover from a nationwide listeria outbreak tied to cantaloupe. He also oversaw a boom in Colorado agriculture exports and an agency restructuring.
John Salazar is the older brother of former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.MORE NEWS: Wongel Estifanos Died Due To 'Multiple Operator Errors' On Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park Ride
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