KUSA - Joe Rogers, who could claim he was elected as America's youngest lieutenant governor when he took office along with Governor Bill Owens, died unexpectedly at Rose Medical Center on Monday, family members tell 9NEWS.
Rogers was admitted to the hospital for back pain on Sunday night and died Monday morning of medical complications.
Memorial services have not yet been scheduled.
As Colorado's second African-American lieutenant governor, Rogers served only one term in office from 1999-2003.
He had a tense relationship with fellow Republican Governor Bill Owens and did not appear on the governor's re-election ticket.
Instead, he ran unsuccessfully for the GOP nomination for Congressional District 7.
Since serving in office, Rogers worked as an attorney and public speaker.
He is survived by his wife, three children, and mother.
Colorado Republican Committee Chairman Ryan Call released the following statement on the passing of former Lt. Gov. Joe Rogers on Monday:
"We are saddened to hear of the passing of former Lieutenant Governor Joe Rogers. We are grateful for his service to our state and to the Republican Party, and our hearts and prayers go out to his family and to all who have been inspired by this good man."
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