Nomination of Ken Salazar to be U.S. ambassador, supported

Courtesy photo Ken Salazar

Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser today led a bipartisan coalition of 30 attorneys general to urge the U.S. Senate to approve former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar’s nomination as U.S. ambassador to Mexico.

In the letter to Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez, D-N.J., and Ranking Member James Risch, R-Idaho, the attorneys general say our country is at a significant juncture in U.S.-Mexico relations, and that Salazar is a seasoned statesman well equipped to meet the challenges of serving as the ambassador to Mexico.

“Ken Salazar has continuously shown his dedication to serving our nation diligently and with integrity,” Weiser said. “In all his posts, including as Colorado’s attorney general, he served with great distinction. Ken is the right choice to serve as ambassador to Mexico. Our nation will be better for his continued service.” 

Salazar served previously in roles ranging from executive director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources to Colorado attorney general to U.S. senator to secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, giving him a unique and deep knowledge of the Western and Southwestern regions of the United States. 

The attorneys general also explain in the letter that Salazar holds a deep and lasting knowledge of our nations’ interdependence, an understanding of the importance of trade between our markets, and a commitment to addressing border issues and immigration in a humane and intelligent manner. 

Joining Weiser in leading the letter are Attorneys General Tom Miller of Iowa, Lawrence Wasden of Idaho, and Wayne Stenehjem of North Dakota. They are joined by the attorneys general of California, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Guam, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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