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Joseph Dolan, born Nov. 21, 1921, died Wednesday at home in Englewood, the Denver Post reports. The lifelong Democrat was first elected to the State Legislature in the 1950s, was "the point man" on civil rights legislation in the Kennedy Administration in the 1960s, ran for the Senate and later served as Colorado's U.S. attorney in the 1970s , and headed up the Colorado Department of Transportation in the 1980s, after a long history as an early proponent of light rail. "He was probably the most significant political person living in Colorado that nobody ever heard of," former Gov. Dick Lamm said Thursday.