Colorado counties put Schaffer in ‘Hall of Fame’
Former Congressman’s leadership on education issues benefits region
ESTES PARK, COLORADO -- Progressive 15, an advocacy group comprised of county officials from fifteen Northeastern Colorado counties, today named former Congressman Bob Schaffer as one of the first ten to be inducted into the group’s “Legislative Hall of Fame.”
Progressive 15 was formed to speak with a single, unified voice for Northeastern Colorado to influence public policy and enhance economic viability and quality of life. The advocacy group works on behalf of the fifteen-county region promoting beneficial legislation, building partnerships and serving as a guide and leader for regional betterment.
Schaffer of Fort Collins served from 1987 to 1996 in the Colorado State Senate and from 1997 to 2003 in the US House of Representatives. In Congress, Schaffer sponsored legislation routing the Ports-to-Plains trade corridor through Colorado which is expected to bring additional commerce and economic growth to Colorado ’s eastern plains.
In officially inducting Schaffer, Joshua Magden of Frederick, Colorado on behalf of Progressive 15 praised the former Congressman's work to promote rural economic growth, rural schools and transportation. "We all know how Bob managed to balance so many issues important to us in Northern Colorado ," he said. "Whether in Denver, Washington or wherever he happened to be, Bob never forgot us and was our spokesman."
The recipients were recognized today at the organization’s closing luncheon of its Fall Membership Meeting at the historic Stanley Hotel.
“Throughout my service in the State Legislature and in the Congress it was always a privilege to fight for the economic and cultural interest of rural Colorado ,” said Schaffer. “I have the same level of passion for these causes in my current volunteer duties on the Colorado State Board of Education.” The following counties are members of Progressive 15: Adams, Arapahoe, Cheyenne, Douglas, Elbert, Kit Carson, Larimer, Lincoln, Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington, Weld and Yuma .
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Schaffer, along with University of Colorado president Hank Brown, State Agriculture Commissioner Don Ament, former Morgan Community College president Richard Bond and six other legislative leaders are the first to be inducted by Progressive 15.