January 8th, 2009
06:25 AM ET
14 years ago

Colorado political leaders make American history

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/01/07/colorado.legislature/art.colorado.cnn.jpg caption="Peter Groff, left, and Terrance Carroll are the new leaders of Colorado's legislature."]
DENVER, Colorado (CNN) - In Washington, all eyes are on President-elect Barack Obama, but 1,700 miles away, in Colorado, another historic swearing-in has taken place.

For the first time in American history, African-Americans lead both chambers of a state legislature.

"I'm honored and humbled that my colleagues chose us to lead the Senate and the House. And it's more humbling when you look and this is a state with 4 percent African-American population," said new Speaker of the House Terrance Carroll, who joins Senate President Peter Groff in the state Capitol.

"And it leads you to believe and impresses upon you that they were more concerned with our character and our ability to lead as opposed to the color of our skin," he added.

Carroll said he's mindful of history.

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  1. Minneapple gal

    Are they republican or democrat? if they are democrat cool great but if they are republican then SHAme on them!!

    January 8, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  2. Heather in SoCal

    This is significant, considering the old airport in Denver (Stapleton) was named after Denver mayor Benjamin F. Stapleton, who had significant ties to the KKK. The Klan was VERY active in CO early in the 20th century.

    January 8, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  3. Floridian

    Congratulations gentlemen & the Democratic majority in CO! America is making me proud once again, as we continue to transcend into the 21st century embracing diversity based on one's abilities to lead.

    January 8, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
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