|Member of the Colorado Senate
from the 3rd district
September 11, 2013 – January 7, 2015
|Preceded by||Angela Giron|
|Succeeded by||Leroy Garcia|
Pueblo, Colorado, U.S.
|Profession||Colorado State Senator|
George Rivera is a former member of the Colorado Senate elected in a September 10, 2013 recall election to replace Angela Giron. Rivera was elected from Colorado's State Senate District 3 which includes Pueblo, Colorado. Giron was the second ever Colorado legislator to be successfully recalled in the state's history.
Rivera was born in Pueblo, Colorado in 1948 and grew up on the City's east side. His parents arrived in Pueblo in 1948 after crossing into the U.S. illegally from Mexico. In 1963 they returned to Mexico (along with Rivera's grandmother) to process their visas and returned to the U.S. legally, later becoming U.S. citizens.
Rivera attended Catholic schools for 12 years, first at St. Leander’s Grade School and graduated in 1966 from Pueblo Catholic High School (which became Roncalli Middle School in the early 1970s). He has an Associates Degree in General Studies from Pueblo Community College.
He joined the Pueblo Police Department in 1971 and served as a Patrolman, Corporal, Sergeant, Captain and Deputy Chief, before retiring in 2005. He is married to Kathryn and they have two children, George and Jennifer, as well as step-children Brandon, Rachel, and Victor. They also have a granddaughter Sarah. Rivera has one brother, Juan Rivera, and two sisters, Lucia Rivera-Aragon and Martha Yarusso.
- Rivera campaign website (2013)
As I understand, george's father was born in the U.S.A but raised in Mexico. His mother was born in Mexico but grew up in Pueblo. His grandParents lived in Colorado in the 20's 30's 40's 50's 60's , returning to Mexico off and on. As I also understand it his aunts and uncles are born U.S. citizen, his older sister and brother were born in Mexico. During the 60's they became citizens. His mother a citizen in the late 60's.