Denver – Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today issued the following statement on the passing of former Colorado House Speaker Ruben Valdez:
“Ruben Valdez led a life of principle, conviction, service, and commitment to uncovering opportunity for every Coloradan. All who knew Ruben respected his leadership, tenacity, and ability to work across the aisle.
“Ruben took great pride in serving as our state’s first Latino Speaker of the House, where his first priority was always the people. Driven by his own personal experiences, Ruben was a tireless advocate for education, working to create better schools for every child. In a long and distinguished career in public service, Ruben’s leadership has left a remarkable legacy across our state.
“Ruben’s passing is not only a loss for Colorado, but a profound personal loss for all who were fortunate enough to call him a friend. Susan and I extend our deepest condolences to Ruben’s family and loved ones.”