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Salazar Brothers Make Colorado History


Colorado made history yesterday by electing brothers Ken and John Salazar to the Senate and House. They are the first siblings from Colorado to serve in Congress; they are also Colorado’s first Hispanic members of Congress. For both, it was their first run at a national political office.

John’s 3rd Congressional District race wasn’t settled until late in the evening, which made things tough for the brothers’ 82-year-old mother:


Emma Salazar is matriarch of a family of seven living children that she and her late husband Henry raised on a ranch five miles east of Manassa. All her children earned at least a bachelor’s degree, and four hold graduate degrees.

“My heart doesn’t let me stay up late. I usually go to bed at nine,” Emma Salazar said, monitoring early returns from her recliner with a portable telephone in one hand and a TV remote control in the other. “Maybe they can wake me to tell me what happens.”

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