Representative Wes McKinley, a Democrat who represents District 64 in the southeastern corner of the state, could well be the most colorful lawmaker in the Colorado General Assembly, with a background that includes ranching, teaching and serving as the foreman of the Rocky Flats Grand Jury. But first and foremost, he's a cowboy.
McKinley proved it yesterday, when he brought some of colorful cowboy culture to the State Capitol, where he and a few other Western entertainers entertained -- joined, for a brief moment, by Representative B.J. Nikkel.
Performers included Bob Whitfield, Bob Laughlin and Bob Turner of Acoustic Music Revival. Also showcased: handcrafted jewelry by Delbert Jones and artwork by McKinley's grandson.
Everyone within reach got a welcoming handshake. The Capitol, McKinley pointed out, is "not just a place for suits and ties."
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