John Salazar

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John Salazar is a farmer, and was Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing the 3rd Congressional District of Colorado. His brother, Ken Salazar, is the U.S. Secretary of the Interior in the Obama Administration.

He was unseated in the 2010 election by Scott Tipton, a businessman who had run against him in 2006, but that he soundly defeated. Tipton's platform had not changed appreciably between the two elections, besides linking Salazar to an unpopular Democratic leadership, and appealing to the Tea Party movement. [1]

Health care reform

He supported both the November 2009 and March 2010 health care reform bills; the National Republican Congressional Committee campaigned to get him to vote against the final legislation. [2]

In addition, with a coalition of 61 other Congressmen, he introduced the separate Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act of 2010.[3]

Committee assignments

  • House Committee on Appropriations
    • Energy and Water Development Subcommittee
    • Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee

Congressional caucuses

Voting ratings

Organization Rating Date
American Civil Liberties Union
American Conservative Union
Americans for Democratic Action
Cato Institute
Christian Coalition
Human Rights Campaign
League of Conservation Voters
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
National Rifle Association
National Right to Life Committee
National Taxpayers Union
U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Sources: Links to the voting ratings guides of the above organizations together with brief descriptive information on the organizations themselves, may be found at:

2008 Election

Candidate Party Vote total Percentage
John T. Salazar Democrat 203,457 61.61%
Wayne Wolf Republican 126,762 38.39%

Source: Federal Election Results - final official tally


  1. Scott Tipton, Who Runs Gov, a Washington Post
  2. Gary Harmon (5 March 2010), "Republican election group targets John Salazar over health care vote", The Daily Sentinel
  3. Salazar and 61 House members introduce prescription drug price negotiation bill, Office of John T. Salazar, 3 March 2010