Federico Pena

Early Life and Background

Federico was born in Laredo, Texas in 1947. He spent several years studying at the University of Texas Law and became a lawyer in El Paso. He moved to Denver in 1973. He worked hard and successfully for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund. Because of his hard work and dedication, he was able to get elected to the Colorado House of Representatives.

Contributions to Society

He funded building the Denver International Airport, a local library, a convention center, and a Denver basketball team. He designated hundreds of landmarks for the state and 33 districts. In 1993, he ran as the Secretary of Transportation under Bill Clinton.

Cultural Heritage

Federico Pena has a Mexican American background. The Mexican culture is characterized by Native American and Spanish influence on food, design, clothing, and religion.


Federico Pena was a Texas-born Mexican American who has made several contributions to our society. He got an Education at the University of Texas Law and later ran for office in Denver and as Secretary of Transportation.