Former Colorado Insurance Commissioner and Federal Health Official Marguerite Salazar Dies | Governor

Marguerite Salazar, who served on the Colorado Insurance Commissioner for four years, died in Santa Fe on November 1.

Salazar died at a Santa Fe hospice surrounded by his family, according to Alamosa citizens. She was 69 years old.

Salazar was born Juanita Marguerite Lara in La Jara in the San Luis Valley. Salazar holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Psychology, Sociology and Gerontology from Adams Sate College.

In 1976, she married Arnold Salazar, who last year served on the state’s independent re-election commission. he also He is President of Adams State University and CEO of the Colorado Health Partnership.

Salazar’s career was marked by jobs in healthcare. For her 25 years, she served as CEO of her Valley-Wide Health Systems in Alamosa. In 2010, she was appointed by then-President Barack Obama as the 8th Regional Administrator of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

government at the time. John Hickenlooper appointed her as her Insurance Commissioner in 2013. In 2017, he appointed her as Director of Regulatory Agencies to replace Joe Negse, who was preparing her first run for the House’s Second District.

In December 2018, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lejean appointed Salazar to lead the state’s R.Regulatory and Licensing Department. Salazar resigned from that position in his late 2020.

“I don’t know anyone who was better than To our community more than Marguerite Salazar,” Hickenlooper said in a tweet.She and her husband live happily ever after in Southern Colorado. Her death is a great loss for our country. Robin and I send our condolences to her family at this time.”

In a statement Friday, Gov. Jared Polis said, “I am saddened to hear of the passing of Marguerite Salazar and extend my condolences to her loved ones. Marguerite, a native of the San Luis Valley, was a dedicated leader and A civil servant, we all thank her for her service to Coloradan.”

Lily Griego, now HHS’s Region VIII director, said Salazar was one of the first calls Salazar received after being appointed to the same office appointed by President Obama in 2010. rice field.

“She immediately invited me to her house and visited her for ‘a night or two.’ She shared lessons learned and important notes with me.” The fact that, like Marguerite, is from the San Luis Valley, made our conversation even more special.We will never forget the support and genuine sense of well-being from Marguerite.Que descanse en paz.”

Salazar is considered a “pioneering Latina” in the San Luis Valley, and “Marguerite Salazar Day” is celebrated on April 30th each year by the Valley-Wide Health System and the Colorado Community Health Network.

In Colorado, we are very lucky to have talented, hardworking and dedicated people like Marguerite working to make healthcare better and more accessible to all of us.

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