Carl Bledsoe

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Carl B. Bledsoe
Member of the Colorado House of Representatives
In office
Speaker (1981–1991)
Personal details
Born (1923-10-06)October 6, 1923
Aroya, Colorado
Died June 5, 2012(2012-06-05) (aged 88)
Aroya, Colorado[1]
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Alice Elizabeth Cotellessa[2]
Children Three
Alma mater University of Colorado
Colorado State University

Carl Beverly "Bev" Bledsoe (October 6, 1923 – June 5, 2012) was a retired Colorado state politician, representing the Eastern Plains counties of Colorado in the state House of Representatives. He served as Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives from 1981 to 1991, making the longest tenured speaker ever in the state's history.

Bledsoe was born in Aroya, Colorado to Carl and Josie Bledsoe. After attending public schools and the University of Colorado, he served in World War II, attaining the rank of sergeant. Upon his return, he studied for a Bachelor of Sciences degree in animal husbandry from Colorado State University and began ranching near Hugo.[2]

Prior to his election to the Colorado House of Representatives in 1973, Bledsoe sat on and chaired many county political, school, and veterinarian committees. He served nine consecutive terms in the house and led the legislative audit and finance committees. He retired in 1991. He died at his home in Hugo in 2012 at the age of 88.[3]


  1. ^ "In Loving Memory of Bev". Memorial Networks. 
  2. ^ a b Sharp, Nancy Weatherly; Sharp, James Roger (1997). American legislative leaders in the West, 1911-1994. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press. ISBN 978-0-313-30212-1. Retrieved January 9, 2012. 
  3. ^ Bartels, Lynn (5 June 2012). "Bev Bledsoe, longtime Colorado House speaker, dies at age 88". Denver Post.