Ken Salazar was born on March 2, 1955, in Alamosa, Colorado. One of eight children, he grew up on a remote ranch without either electricity or telephone. That is where he learned the values of hard work, family, and faith. Thanks to his parents' lessons, he and his seven brothers and sisters all became first generation college graduates. Salazar earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Colorado College (1977) and a law degree from the University of Michigan (1981). In 1998 Salazar won a bid to become Colorado's attorney general, the first Hispanic to be elected to the job. As Colorado's attorney general, Salazar led efforts to make communities safer and protect Colorado's environment. In 2004, he won a seat in the United States Senate. Salazar became known in the senate, as he had been in Colorado, for his integrity and his talent for finding bipartisan solutions to difficult problems. Well known to each other through their work in the US Senate President Barak Obama, nominated Salazar to be his Secretary of the Interior. He was confirmed as the 50th secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior on Jan. 20, 2009, in a unanimous vote by the U.S. Senate.