name=Roy R. Romer
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Garden City, Kansas
Roy R. Romer (born
October 31, 1928in Garden City, Kansas, United States) was the 39th Governor of Coloradoand served as the superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School Districtfrom 2001 to 2006.
Family & Education
Romer grew up in the southeastern Colorado town of Holly. Romer received a bachelor's degree in
agricultural economicsfrom Colorado State Universityin 1950, where he served for one year as President of the Associated Students of Colorado State University. He later received a law degree from the University of Colorado School of Lawin 1952. He also studied ethicsat Yale University, and was a legal officer in the U.S. Air Force. He and his wife, Bea, have seven children and 18 grandchildren. His son Paul Romeris an economist, and his son Chris Romer, was elected to a Colorado State Senate seat from Denver in November 2006.
Early professional activities
In the 1950s and 1960s, Romer was an attorney in
Denver. He was also active in the management of his family's agricultural operations throughout Colorado. Romer has continued and is also the owner, with one of his sons, of a chain of John Deereequipment stores in Colorado, Virginiaand Florida. He helped develop Colorado's Centennial Airport, ran a flying school and owned and operated a ski area.
Colorado state government
Romer served in the
Colorado House of Representativesfrom 1958–1962 and in the Colorado Senatefrom 1962-1966. Romer was Colorado State Treasurerfrom 1977-1987, and a member of the governor's cabinet. Romer was first elected as governor in 1986, and re-elected in 1990 and 1994; he was the last Colorado governor to serve three terms [The Colorado constitution now limits governors to two consecutive terms and 8 years in office (http://www.state.co.us/gov_dir/leg_dir/lcsstaff/research/termlim.htm).] .
National political positions
Romer chaired the
Democratic Governors Associationin 1991. In 1992, he was co-chairman of the Democratic National Platform Committee. Romer served as national vice chair of the Democratic Leadership Council, and was a national co-chairman of the Clinton-Gore '96 campaign. In January 1997, Romer was elected to serve as general chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
From 1992-1993, Romer served as chair of the
National Governors Association. In 1994-1995 he chaired the Education Commission of the States, and in 1995, was part of a bipartisan effort by the nation's governors to reform Medicaid.
"Romer v. Evans"
In law, his name is associated with the anti-discrimination suit "
Romer v. Evans" that was brought to the Supreme Court during his tenure as Governor of Colorado. Though he was opposed to the amendment to the Constitution of Colorado in question, he was forced to defend it in his position as Governor.
Recent professional activities
July 1, 2001, he became Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, where he served for six years. On October 12, 2006, the Los Angeles Board of Education unanimously named David L. Brewer IIIas his successor.
May 8, 2006" Los Angeles Times" article suggested naming a school after Romer. [ [http://www.latimes.com/news/education/la-me-schoolme8may08,1,1744438.column?coll=la-news-learning Generally Speaking, It's Right to Honor Romer - Los Angeles Times ] ] LAUSD announced that Roy Romer Middle School would open in 2008 in the eastern San Fernando Valley. [ [http://www.laschools.org/project-status/one-project?project_number=55.98007 Project Details ] ]
April 25, 2007, Roy Romer began his service as the chairman and lead spokesman for Strong American Schools, a nonprofit project responsible for running Ed in 08, an information and initiative campaign funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundationand the Eli and Edythe Broad foundation, aimed at encouraging 2008 presidential contenders to include education in their campaign policies. [ [http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F30913FB3F5A0C768EDDAD0894DF404482 NYTimes: Billionaires Start $60 Million Schools Effort] ]
In March of 1998, Romer admitted to a longtime extramarital affair with Betty Jane Thornberry, once his confidential assistant at the DNC. For years Romer had denied the affair. [ [http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1571/is_n7_v14/ai_20301290/pg_1 Governor captured live | Insight on the News | Find Articles at BNET ] ]
Notes and references
* [http://www.colorado.gov/dpa/doit/archives/offic/sttrs.html Colorado State Archives]
* [http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F30913FB3F5A0C768EDDAD0894DF404482 NYTimes: Billionaires Start $60 Million Schools Effort]
* [http://www.nga.org National Governor's Association]
* [http://politicalgraveyard.com/ The Political Graveyard]
* [http://www.latimes.com/news/education/la-me-schoolme8may08,1,1744438.column?coll=la-news-learning "Generally Speaking, It's Right to Honor Romer] , "
Los Angeles Times"
* [http://edin08.com/ Strong American Schools/ED in 08]
* [http://www.edin08.com/blog.aspx Roy Romer's Blog]
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