Roger Cisneros is a former state senator and one of Colorado's most dedicated civil rights advocates.
He was born Jan. 22, 1924, in Questa, New Mexico, to Donaciano Cisneros and Todosia Martinez.
He graduated from high school and joined the Army Air Corps in March 1943. He completed basic training at Sheppard Field in Wichita Falls, Texas. He was selected to go to Chanute Field in Illinois for cryptographer training and was assigned to the 33rd Bomb Group.
After the war, he got a job as a typist at Montgomery Ward in Denver, Colorado, making 60 cents an hour.