Isgar leaves Colorado Senate for USDA job
DENVER, Colorado – Another Colorado state senator is leaving for a job with the Obama administration.
Democratic Sen. Jim Isgar of Hesperus was announced Tuesday as the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s state director of rural development.
The La Plata County rancher says he will give up his Senate seat early for the post. Isgar is chairman of the Senate Agriculture, Natural Resource and Energy Committee but was ineligible to run again because of term limits.
In May, former Senate President Peter Groff also left the chamber. He took an education post with the administration.
Isgar is not announcing an exact date to leave the Senate until he finds out when his job with USDA begins.
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