The state's newest congressman has a long history in Colorado.
John Salazar's roots run deep in the San Luis Valley in southern Colorado, where his family traces its history back 150 years.
The 51-year-old seed potato farmer grew up on a farm near the tiny town of Manassa with seven siblings.
The family raised cattle and alfalfa on land where their ancestors staked a claim in the 1850s. The house was not wired for electricity until 1981, and water came from a pump.
Salazar -- now married with three sons -- spent time in the military before running for the state House, where he just completed his first two-year term.
He'll now go to Washington D-C to represent Colorado's sprawling 3rd Congressional District -- which spans from Grand Junction on the Western Slope across the Continental Divide and onto the plains east of Pueblo.
Salazar defeated Republican Greg Walcher to replace retiring Rep. Scott McInnis.
Salazar and Walcher battled often over conservative issues, including a ban on legal recognition of gay marriages, which Walcher supported and Salazar opposed.
Salazar's younger brother, Attorney General Ken Salazar, won his bid for Colorado's open U.S. Senate seat.