Pueblo, CO — Former Colorado Speaker of the House Ruben Valdez passed away yesterday at the age of 82. Today, Colorado Senate President Leroy Garcia shared his condolences:

 

“I want to express my deepest condolences to the Valdez family. Ruben was a warm, welcoming presence in the Capitol who fought hard so fewer Coloradans would have to overcome the obstacles he did. He worked tirelessly, collaborated with anyone, regardless of party, and understood the importance of treating everyone with dignity and respect. It is for all of those reasons that he will be remembered as a great public servant, husband, father, and friend. He broke ground as the first Latino Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives. My thoughts and prayers are with Amber, a good friend, and the rest of Valdez family.”
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