Mike Strang, R.I.P.

Mike Strang didn’t serve long as the representative for Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District, just a single term. But the Carbondale-area Republican made an impact, nonetheless

Strang, who died Sunday at the age of 84, was a fiscally conservative Republican who was passionate about keeping taxes from increasing and protecting Western Slope water. But he was much more aligned with the pragmatic conservatism of Ronald Reagan, who was president when Strang was in Congress, than the no-compromise, our-way-or-no-way attitude that marks so much of the tea-party conservatives of today.

However, Strang’s life wasn’t defined by the two years he spent in Washington. He also served ably in the state Legislature. And he was a successful rancher and farmer, raising horses and cattle and operating a sod farm. He was well known in the Western Slope horse community for his involvement, with his daughters, in the hunter-jumper world. A Princeton graduate, Strang also became an important voice on Colorado natural resource issues after his time in Congress.

Strang was a courteous, articulate and highly intelligent man who could hold his own in any argument without demeaning his opponents in the process. He served his state and his community very well. He will be missed.


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