In Sacramento last night, the Western Growers Board of Directors hosted a reception for members of the California Latino Legislative Caucus Foundation from the California Legislature.  Concerns about the drought, immigration reform and the business climate in the state form areas of common interest between production agriculture and the caucus.  Those attending included Assembly members: Luis Alejo (D-Salinas); Christina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens); Lorena Gonzalez (D- San Diego); Jose Medina (D-Riverside); Freddie Rodriguez (D-Pomona); Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) and Senators: Dr. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina); Ben Hueso (D-San Diego); Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens).

Dave Puglia

(Editor’s Note:  Michael Bennet was appointed to fill the Senate seat of Ken Salazar in 2009 when Salazar become Secretary of the Interior.  He was elected to the seat during the 2010 elections.  This interview was conducted via e-mail.)

Where did you grow up?  And what is your educational and family background?

My mother and her parents came to America in 1950.  My father’s family has been in this country for generations.  And I moved West.

I attended Wesleyan University (Middletown, Conn.) and then graduated from Yale Law School (New Haven, Conn).  My wife, Susan, who is from Arkansas, and I moved to Colorado to raise our three daughters.  We love Colorado’s natural beauty, entrepreneurial energy, and western spirit.  One of my favorite places to spend time is on the Eastern Plains.  We’ve been able to do a lot of that lately to discuss the Farm Bill as it moved through the Agriculture Committee, on which I serve, and through Congress.

Dennis Nuxoll

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