Raymond P. Kogovsek, who served in the Colorado House and Senate before being elected to represent Colorado's sprawling 3rd Congressional District in 1978, died Sunday night. He was 75.

Kogovsek began his political career in Pueblo working in the Pueblo County Clerk's office, running for the Colorado House in 1968 at the age of 27 and the Colorado Senate two years later in 1970. He was a leader at the Statehouse until 1978 when he was elected to Congress, succeeding long time southern Colorado Rep. Frank Evans.

He was perhaps Pueblo and southern Colorado's most enthusiastic supporter, acting on behalf of the gritty steel town that was his beloved home in economic development issues and public policy matters for decades.
The Pueblo Chieftain's Steve Henson wrote in Kogovsek's obit Monday that Kogovsek was "Everyman, a living testament to the American Dream."

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