Black History Month: Regis Groff

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He worked as a case worker for Cook County Department of Public Aid in Chicago for one year, from 1962 to 1963.

He moved to Denver in 1967, graduated from the University of Denver with an M.A. in Secondary Education (History) and was elected as a Colorado State Senator from 1974 to 1981.

He taught American history and United States government at Smiley Junior High from 1963 to 1966 and at East High School from 1967 to 1977.

He was a board member and vice-president of the Denver Federation of Teachers. He has been called an education extraordinaire. His educational background made him an excellent legislator in the State Senate.

He was elected to the Colorado State Senate and served as a member on the following committees: Finance; Judiciary; Health, Education, Welfare and Institutions, Procedures, and Legislative Council.

He was elected Senate Minority Leader in 1978.

One of his major achievements in the State Senate was his negotiations that helped Representative Willa Webb obtain enough votes to the pass the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday in Colorado.

After retirement from politics, Groff worked in the Juvenile Correctional System in an administrator position. He set up programs for young people who were considered "at-risk."

Groff was a respected legislator within the community.

Courtesy: Donnie L. Betts and Denver Public Library

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