Senate’s only jeweler is leaving

The U.S. Senate is losing its only jewelry designer. Sen. Ben Night Horse Campbell (R, Col.) is retiring after two terms.

Campbell is also the only Native American serving in the United States Senate, and one of 44 chiefs of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe. The tightly contested race for his Senate seat was won by Colorado Attorney General Ken Salazar, a Democrat, making him Colorado’s first-ever Hispanic senator.

Campbell is a jewelry designer, athlete, and trainer of champion quarter horses. He participated in the 1964 Olympic Games as a member of the U.S. Olympic Judo Team. He’s also known for his love of motorcycle riding. He was originally elected to the Colorado State Legislature in 1982, and to the U.S. Senate in 1992.

Campbell announced in March that he wouldn’t run for a third term for health concerns and because he wanted to be near his family. However, on election night Nov. 2, he told a Denver, Col., TV news program that he is considering running for governor in two years.

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