Gov. John Hickenlooper ordered flags be lowered to half-staff on Thursday, May 4, on all public buildings statewide in honor of former Colorado lawmaker and U.S. Congressman Ray Kogovsek, who died this past Sunday. Flags should be lowered from sunrise to sunset.
“We have lost a true warrior of democracy, said Governor John Hickenlooper. “Ray dedicated his life to supporting the interests of the people of Pueblo and Southern Colorado. His efforts have left an indelible mark across our state and on so many lives that will cherish his legacy of respect and selflessness in serving others.”
Kogovsek was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives in 1968 at the age of 27. He was elected to the Colorado Senate in 1970 and was elected Senate Majority Leader in 1973. In 1978, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. He retired from politics in 1985, but remained a fierce champion for Pueblo and Southern Colorado. Kogovsek was 75 years old.