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Ruben A. Valdez (January 27, 1937 – October 1, 2019) was an American politician in the state of Colorado.[1] He was a member of the Colorado House of Representatives from 1970 to 1978. During his term he served as Speaker of the House from 1975 to 1976, and as House Minority Leader from 1977 to 1978. He was the first Hispanic person to serve as Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives.[2] Born in Trinidad, Colorado, he was the youngest of nine children.[3] He died at the age of 82 in 2019.[4]

Ruben A. Valdez
Member of the Colorado House of Representatives
In office
1970–1978
Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives
In office
1975–1976
Preceded byJohn Fuhr
Succeeded byRonald H. Strahle
Personal details
Born(1937-01-27)January 27, 1937
Trinidad, Colorado, U.S.
DiedOctober 1, 2019(2019-10-01) (aged 82)
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materRed Rocks Community College, Colorado Heights University

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "PRESIDENTS AND SPEAKERS OF THE COLORADO GENERAL ASSEMBLY" (PDF). leg.colorado.gov. 2016.
  2. ^ Lynn Bartels (2015-06-19). "Denver names school after former Speaker Ruben Valdez". Blogs.denverpost.com. Retrieved 2019-01-18.
  3. ^ Hernandez, Lance (20 September 2015). "Honoring Colorado's first Hispanic House Speaker". KMGH.
  4. ^ Goodland, Marianne (2 October 2019). "Former Colorado House Speaker, Denver representative Ruben Valdez dead at 82". Colorado Politics. Retrieved 2 October 2019.