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Tuesday, January 3

DEATH OBITUARY : Raymond Kogovsek , Former US Rep from Colorado dies at 75

PUEBLO, Colo. - Former U.S. Rep. Raymond Kogovsek of Colorado has died.

The Pueblo Chieftain newspaper reports that the three-term Democratic congressman and former Colorado state Senate majority leader was 75. He died Sunday.

Kogovsek was a Pueblo native and one of six children. He was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives in 1968 and the state Senate two years later.

It is with a heavy heart that we report the passing of former Congressman and NWRA member Ray Kogovsek. Ray passed away peacefully Sunday night in Colorado. Ray was a longtime friend to western water users and to the National Water Resources Association. His contributions to NWRA were many and included providing great political insights during numerous NWRA Annual Conventions as a regular contributor to the Inside Washington Panel. Read more on our website at www.nwra.org

He was perhaps Pueblo and southern Colorado's most enthusiastic supporter, acting on behalf of the gritty steel town.


People are paying tribute on social media.


Linda Yardley Monteau RIP, Mr. Kogovsek. You will be missed.

Patrick Teegarden Alan, what a beautiful tribute to a beautiful human being--we should all heed your example and keep Ray in our ♥️.

Jim Carpenter A great tribute Alan Salazar. Thank you. I first met Kogo as a 19 year old intern when he used to host gatherings for Coloradans in his D.C. Office. He was always kind, wise, quick with a laugh and a story. He loved politics but never viewed it as just a game, but as a means to get things done. You're so right that we need people like him, more than ever.

Irv Halter So sorry to hear this... Ray was very gracious with his time when I ran for Congress.... his coaching and encouragement were immensely useful! What a good man and good citizen.... gone way too soon...😔

Michelle Berry So sad!!! I remember him staying at our house to save money and how crazy everyone thought it was in later years that I had a congressman stay in my house! At the time, we thought nothing of it, right Audrey Berry? He always inspired me to love politic...See More

Audrey Berry We always welcomed him in our home and he loved our farm and relaxing. Great human being and wonderful friend. I think he had a tremendous influence on you. We do owe him a lot.
Emmy Ruiz I'm sorry for this loss, Alan. I remember our lunch with him in downtown Pueblo.

Rick Garcia "Kogo" as local Puebloans referred to Ray was a statesman and a leader whose style, depth and passion could be used in Washington today. He will be missed by me and many. Ray recently was helping to guide federal assistance to Pueblo's Eilers neighborhood.

Danny Tomlinson Alan - what a wonderful tribute to our good friend Kogo. Well said!

Lori Fox When my Dad passed away several years back, Ray gave the following quote about him to the Denver Post: "Politics aside, Joe Fox was one of the nicest guys you ever wanted to meet,” Kogovsek said. “He was a gentleman.” 

Of course, this is what we all think about RAY. Sad he is no longer with us.

Mary Buckley Well said! He really was extraordinary. I remember moving to Washington DC in 1982 and going to his office - he spent time with me, calling around to see who had a job for me and just generally educating me about Washington! I was so appreciative of his efforts and sincerity.

Ellen Miller An an AP reporter I truly admired his honesty and accessibility. After he left Congress he never stopped serving southern Colorado and the Western Slope. He was a kind man and good friend to all.

Steve Siegel That humanity runs through the family. His cousin, Irene Blatnick has been a key member of our team in the DA's Office for almost two decades. Ray touched and inspired generations of public servants, his legacy is cemented in modern Colorado history

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