Gov.-elect John Hickenlooper announced today John Salazar will be Commissioner of Agriculture.
A sixth-generation farmer and rancher, Salazar served three terms representing Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District and was a member of the House Agriculture Committee.
Current Commissioner of Agriculture, John Stulp will transition to the roll of Special Policy Advisor to the Governor on Water and will chair the Interbasin Compact Committee.
“A thriving agriculture sector is critical to Colorado’s economic recovery,” Hickenlooper said. “Farmers and ranchers are also leading the way as business innovators. Their prosperity helps build a foundation for all of Colorado. And no one has been a more passionate champion for agriculture and rural communities than John Salazar. We are fortunate to have his leadership at the helm of the Department of Agriculture.”
Stulp has been the Commissioner of Agriculture since 2006. In his new role he will continue working with Colorado’s agricultural community, developing policies and solutions to how water is managed statewide.
“John Stulp’s service to Colorado’s ranchers, farmers and universities is remarkable,” Hickenlooper said. “And a cornerstone of that service is his deep understanding of our water resources and the need to manage them carefully and effectively. Most importantly, John understands an age-old truth in the West: whiskey is for drinking and water is for fighting. John’s task will be to replace the fighting with collaboration.”