Ruben Valdez has over 20 years of experience in public service. In 1971,
he was elected to the State House of Representatives where he served for
eight years. He was elected Speaker of the House in 1975 and served as
House Minority Leader in 1977 – 1978.
He retired from the General Assembly in 1978 and accepted a
presidential appointment as Regional Director for the United States
Department of Transportation. In 1979, Valdez was selected by former
Governor Dick Lamm to serve in his cabinet as Executive Director of
Social Services. In that capacity, he was responsible for supervision of
both state and local government employees and 62 local government
After his three-year tenure at Social Services, Valdez accepted Governor’s
appointment to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment,
again as Executive Director. There he was responsible for supervision of
the state employees and of the 24 local job service centers.
In 1985, Valdez accepted a dual appointment by Governor Lamm to be
Executive Director for both the Department of Social Services and the
Department of Labor and Employment. He held this position for a year
and a half, leaving when Governor Lamm’s term ended.
Ruben received his bachelor of arts in political science from Loretto
Heights College in Denver and attended the Senior Executive Program at
the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Mr. Valdez is currently a government relations consultant. He has
represented many clients before state regulatory agencies and the
Colorado General Assembly. Some clients have been with him since the
start of his lobbying career, while others have needed his services for one
particular issue. He has represented national, regional and local ﬁrms as
well as government entities, professional and non-proﬁt associations and
a variety of other interests