Dick Lamm, Colorados longest-serving governor, dies at 85

Former three-term Colorado Gov. Richard “Dick” Lamm died Thursday night at age 85, his wife said in a statement.

Lamm would have turned 86 next week, but was surrounded by friends and family when he died of complications from a pulmonary embolism, according to wife Dottie Lamm. He had two children.

The former Democratic governor served three terms from 1975 to 1987, the longest in the state’s history, according to the National Governors Association. He also was a state representative from 1966 to 1974.

In the early 1970s, Lamm led a campaign for a successful referendum to put a stop to Colorado hosting the 1976 Winter Olympic Games, and also campaigned in 2018 against bringing the games here, citing environmental and fiscal concerns.

Before holding office, Lamm was in the U.S. military, was an attorney and a certified public accountant, and after leaving office, he codirected the University of Denver’s Institute for Public Policy Studies.

He unsuccessfully sought candidacy to higher office as the Reform Party presidential nominee in 1996.

Details on services are pending.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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