Joe Rogers, Colorado’s second black lieutenant governor, has died – The Denver Post


Veteran Colorado politician Joseph B. Rogers, who was 49 when he died unexpectedly Monday at Rose Medical Center in Denver, was the youngest American elected as a state lieutenant governor.Rogers was 35 when he was sworn in as Colorado\’s lieutenant governor in 1999, becoming the state\’s second African-American lieutenant governor (following George Brown) and the fourth in the U.S. The New York Times called him a \”young, articulate, energetic and well-prepared newcomer.\” Ebony magazine called him a \”political trailblazer,\” and in 2000, he was a principal speaker at the GOP National Convention in Philadelphia, where he and then-U.S. Rep. J.C. Watts unveiled an initiative to triple the number of black delegates and alternates to the next convention.He was the second black politician (after George L. Brown) to hold the job of lieutenant governor in Colorado, serving through 2002.

via Joe Rogers, Colorado’s second black lieutenant governor, has died – The Denver Post.

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