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Happy Trails, Sen. Wattenberg

January 24, 2014

The passing of Sen. Dave Wattenberg earlier this week brings back a lot of fond memories. Many of us who worked in the Colorado legislature as staff or lobbyists during the 1980s and 1990s had the privilege of getting to know Sen. Wattenberg. In a time when rural legislators had a great deal of influence in legislative matters, Sen. Wattenberg was a proud, and authentic, member of the Cowboy Caucus.

As a staffer in what was then known as the Legislative Drafting Office, I had the opportunity to work with Sen. Wattenberg on a number of bills over many legislative sessions. He took his job very seriously, but never himself. He was always ready to share a joke or a smile, and  he invariably brightened your day. He also never hesitated to reach across the aisle and work with the other party, and he rejected partisanship in favor of what he considered to be in the best interests of the people of Colorado.

Sen. Wattenberg lived by the principles of Cowboy Ethics: he was tough but fair, talked less and said more, remembered that some things aren’t for sale, lived each day with courage, took pride in his work, finished what he started and, most importantly, kept every promise he made. He will be missed.

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