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Roy R. Romer


In office
January 13, 1987 – January 12,1999
Preceded by Richard Douglas Lamm
Succeeded by William F. Owens

In office
2001–2006
Preceded by Ramon Cortines
Succeeded by David Brewer

Born October 31, 1928 (1928-10-31) (age 81)
Garden City, Kansas
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Beatrice Romer

Roy R. Romer (born October 31, 1928 in Garden City, Kansas, United States) was the 39th Governor of Colorado and served as the superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District from 2001 to 2006.

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Family & Education

Romer grew up in the southeastern Colorado town of Holly. Romer received a bachelor's degree in agricultural economics from Colorado State University in 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 Law in 1952. He also studied ethics at Yale University, and was a legal officer in the U.S. Air Force. He and his wife, Bea, have seven children and 19 grandchildren and one greatgrandchild. His son Paul Romer is 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 Deere equipment stores in Colorado, Virginia and Florida. He helped develop Colorado's Centennial Airport, ran a flying school and owned and operated a ski area.

Political career

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Colorado state government

Romer served in the Colorado House of Representatives from 1958–1962 and in the Colorado Senate from 1962-1966. Romer was Colorado State Treasurer from 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.[1]

National political positions

Romer chaired the Democratic Governors Association in 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.

Romer v. Grant

In October 2004, Roy Romer and the Los Angeles Unified School District filed suit in the United States District Court, Central District of California against David Grant, a former student of the Los Angeles Unified School District. The suit cited false endorsement of the Lanham Act, violation of the Can-Spam Act, California Statutory Cyber Piracy, violation of the right of publicity under California statutory and common law, and California statutory unfair competition.

The lawsuit alleged David Grant attempted to lure the district's 700,000 students to a pornographic website. Roy Romer and the Los Angeles Unified School District subsequently settled with David Grant for an undisclosed sum. In return, David Grant returned the domain name royromer.com to the district.

Recent professional activities

On June 7, 2000[2], 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 III as his successor.

A May 8, 2006 Los Angeles Times article suggested naming a school after Romer.[3] LAUSD announced that Roy Romer Middle School would open in 2008 in the eastern San Fernando Valley.[4]

On 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 Foundation and the Eli and Edythe Broad foundation, aimed at encouraging 2008 presidential contenders to include education in their campaign policies.[5]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Sam Brown
State Treasurer of Colorado
1977–1987
Succeeded by
Gail Schoettler
Preceded by
Richard Douglas Lamm
Governor of Colorado
1987–1999
Succeeded by
William F. Owens
Preceded by
John Ashcroft
Missouri
Chairman of the National Governors Association
1992–1993
Succeeded by
Carroll A. Campbell, Jr.
South Carolina
Preceded by
Ramon C. Cortines
Superintendent of the
Los Angeles Unified School District

2001–2006
Succeeded by
David L. Brewer III
Party political offices
Preceded by
Christopher Dodd
Democratic National Committee General Chairman
1997–1999
Succeeded by
Edward G. Rendell
Preceded by
Dick Lamm
Democratic Party Nominee for Governor of Colorado
1986, 1990, 1994
Succeeded by
Gail Schoettler

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