First Regular Session

Sixty-second General Assembly

LLS NO. M99­0976.01 Bob Lackner



also SENATOR Feeley.



WHEREAS, By the Will of Divine Providence, our beloved former United States Senator and member, Floyd K. Haskell, departed this life August 25, 1998, at the age of 82; and

WHEREAS, Senator Haskell was born in 1916 in Morristown, New Jersey; and

WHEREAS, Senator Haskell graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School; and

WHEREAS, Senator Haskell served in the United States Army during World War II, saw action in Asia, achieved the rank of major, and was awarded a Bronze Star Medal for intelligence work; and

WHEREAS, In 1941, Senator Haskell married Eileen Nicoll, and, after his service in World War II, he and his wife moved to Colorado, where he practiced law, specializing in tax law, and participated in community affairs; and

WHEREAS, Senator Haskell and his wife Eileen had three daughters, Ione, Evelyn, and Pamela; and

WHEREAS, Although he had built a successful law practice, Senator Haskell saw public service as a duty, and, in 1964, while residing in Littleton, Colorado, Senator Haskell was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives as a registered Republican, representing what was then house district number 6 in Arapahoe County, and was reelected to an additional two­year term in 1966; and

WHEREAS, While a member of the House of Representatives, Senator Haskell served in 1967 and 1968 as Assistant Majority Leader and as Chair of the House Judiciary Committee and also served as a member of the House Education and Finance Committees; and

WHEREAS, In 1970, having returned to private life, Senator Haskell changed his party registration to the Democratic Party in opposition to the Vietnam War; and

WHEREAS, In 1972, Senator Haskell was elected to the United States Senate from Colorado; and

WHEREAS, During his six years in the United States Senate, Senator Haskell served as a member of the Senate Finance and Energy and Natural Resources Committees, where, among other things, he was recognized for his expertise and successful advocacy in the areas of tax reform and environmental protection, having helped create wilderness areas and encouraged the development of alternative energy sources; and

WHEREAS, Among Senator Haskell's more significant legislative accomplishments while serving as a member of the United States Senate are the Payment in Lieu of Taxes Act, the Taxpayer Privacy Act, and the Jobs Tax Credit Act; and

WHEREAS, Upon completion of his single term in the United States Senate, Senator Haskell practiced law, served on the board of Common Cause, and was active with a bipartisan group of lawmakers seeking changes in campaign finance laws and trying to break congressional gridlock; and

WHEREAS, In 1979, Senator Haskell married Nina Totenberg, the legal affairs correspondent for National Public Radio; and

WHEREAS, Senator Haskell was deeply respected by members of both parties in the United States Congress and the Colorado General Assembly for his acumen, his scholarly understanding of complex problems, his thoughtful approach to contested issues and, above all, his patriotism, integrity, modesty, and fundamental decency; and

WHEREAS, A man of grace and dignity, Senator Haskell also showed himself to be a person of incredible grit and determination as he fought valiantly against two long illnesses during the latter years of his life; now, therefore,

Be It Resolved by the House of Representatives of the Sixty­second General Assembly of the State of Colorado, the Senate concurring herein:

That, in the death of Floyd K. Haskell, the people of the state of Colorado have lost a dedicated public servant and outstanding citizen, and that we, the members of the House of Representatives and the Senate of the Sixty­second General Assembly, do hereby extend our deep and heartfelt sympathy to the members of his family and pay tribute to a man who served his nation and state well and faithfully.

Be It Further Resolved, That copies of this Joint Memorial be sent to Senator Haskell's wife, Nina Totenberg, and daughters Ione Haskell, Evelyn Maxwell, and Pamela Haskell.